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Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI) Phase IV 4 Recruitment

Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI) Phase IV 4 Recruitment


Phase IV of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI) in the Basic Education Sector, implemented as the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI), will begin on Wednesday, 1 February 2023.

The commencement of Phase IV is aligned with the beginning of the 2023 academic year and provides an opportunity for the youth to be in schools at a critical time and period when they are needed. This follows successful implementation of Phase I — III, where more than 850 000 job opportunities were created for youth.

The target for Phase IV is planned for 255 000 job opportunities for youth across the nine provinces.

The 255 000 is split into two cohorts of +/-150 000 and 105 000 youth, respectively. The first cohort starting on 1 February 2023 with the second cohort of 105 000 starting on 1 May 2023: however, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape will appoint single cohorts each, starting on 1 March and 1 February 2023, respectively.


EC                 40 100               8 642               31 458

FS                15 500                6 200                9 300

GP                40 000                24 600              15 400

KZN              58 500                58 500               0

LP                 35 000                17 500             17 500

MP                22 000                7 200                14 800

NC               7 000                  16 000               3 500

NW               16000                4000                   12 000

WC               21 000               21 000                 0

TOTAL          255100             151 142             103 958

The PYEI-BEEI leverages on the fact that there is a public school in every community in South Africa, which is an enabler for government to provide job opportunities to the most vulnerable youth, who under normal circumstance might have to leave their communities to access opportunities. Inclusiveness is thus a key pillar of the initiative.

In the same vein, schools have been encouraged to give opportunities to youth living with disabilities as well as more girls/females recruited. Schools have also been guided to priorities youth living in communities where the schools are located. In this way, the youth do not have to spend money on transportation between their homes and the schools where they will be employed.

The PYEI Phase IV continues to aim at providing youth with soft and hard skills required in the world of work.

These are few examples that can be mentioned.

The focus for Phase IV is to provide support to educators to contribute towards improved learning outcomes. To this e., most of the youth will be working with educators in the classroom as Curriculum Assistants. Curriculum Assistants are not teachers and are not required to tea., as teaching and assessment remains the responsibility of the teacher. Reading Champions will assist leaners with reading, to ensure that they can read for meaning.

The focus in this regard will b the Foundation Phase to ensure that a solid foundation is built for future learning. E-Cadres will be required to assist with ICT integration in teaching and learning. In the past phases, schools have al. used e-cadres to support with administrative tasks.

Other categories will be Care and Support Assistants, who will provide basic psychosocial support to learners; sports and enrichment assistants, who will support the implementation of sports, arts and culture activities: and handymen and women, whose main responsibility will be to help with the upkeep and maintenance of school buildings. All work that will be done by the youth will be supervised by a mentor.

Provision of orientation and training to the youth will be prioritised. Information regarding the different trainings can be accessed through the e-Cubed (E3) website

The Department and Provincial Education Departments will work with different partners to achieve this purpose. These include NEMISA, which will offer Digital Literacy; University of Johannesburg, offering Artificial Intelligence in the Fourth Industrial Revolution; Digify Africa offering Online Safety. MTN and Anglo American have also pledged their support for the training of Curriculum Assistants and e-cadres, respectively.

The training of Reading Champions will be carried out by various non-governmental organizations, under the banner of the National Reading Coalition. Handymen will be provided with accredited training, ranging from painting, tiling, plastering, plumbing, etc.
In Phase IV of the project the department is going to increase its effort to promote inclusive education awareness by all assistants. Assistants will be required to undergo orientation on inclusive education to understand that learners living with disabilities should be treated on an equal basis with other young people in the school and communities in which they live.

Israel Wellington Jeremiah
Israel Wellington Jeremiah
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