BEEI (Basic Education Employment Initiative)


As part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme the North West Department of Education is inviting unemployed youth to apply for assistant positions at public and LSEN schools across the province.

The department of Basic Education (DBE) seeks to provide 287 000 unemployed young people, (+/-192 000 Education Assistants and +/- 95 000 General School Assistants) employment and training opportunities in the education sector, as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI)-Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI), which forms part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES), seeking to mitigate the devastating economic challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Youth between the ages of 18 and 35, who are currently neither in education/training, nor receiving any form of government grant, as well as young people living with disability and women, are eligible and encouraged to apply for this enriching experience. Candidates who are selected for placement will have an opportunity to receive training on various skills that will equip them for future employment opportunities. All successful candidates will be placed in schools for 5 months, from 1 November 2021 to 31 March 2022.


Education Assistant – Curriculum
Education Assistant – ICT/eCadres
Education Assistant – Reading Champions
General School Assistant – Child & Youth Care Worker
General School Assistant – Handyman (no matric required)
General School Assistant – Sports & Enrichment Assistant (no matric required)
Matric required for all roles except the last two

To qualify as an Education Assistant, you must have passed matric English, while an NQF Level 4, 6 and 7 qualification certificate, will be an added advantage. However, for placement as a General School Assistant, a matric certificate is not required for Infrastructure support and Sports and Enrichment Agents, although Trade certificates will be an added advantage.

To work in the education environment, you must have a good ability to work with people, and within groups, have good communication skills and be a good listener and have interest in academics.

To apply for placement, young people are urged to visit to create a profile and submit their application. No walk-ins will be allowed in schools due to Covid-19 restrictions. Applicants must submit their application online.

Should you receive notice that you have been selected for shortlisting, you will be required to prepare the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Testimonials (former school, local chief, church leader, etc)
  • Police clearance certificates
  • Affidavit/Declaration by applicant stating he/she has no criminal record while awaiting the Police clearance
  • Certified qualifications such as Matric, (where applicable: NQF Level 4 qualification certificate, for Education Assistant applicants with NQF level 6 and 7 an added advantage)
  • Certified copy of identity document/ passport


  • All SA residents aged 18 – 35 years old (not turning 36 before 31 March 2022)
  • Must live close to a school.
  • Preference for the Education Assistant positions will be given to applicants with
    post school qualifications

The following platforms are important to follow for updates on BEEI Phase II:

SA Youth: – for applications
Twitter: @DBE_BEEI (
Facebook: Basic Education Employment Initiative (

 (PDF) Amended NW Advert - BEEI Application 2021 Extended Date
 (PDF) Step by Step
 (PDF) National Poster