Teacher Assistant Vacancies: How to Qualify & Apply

The Teacher Assistant programme is a basic education employment initiative to create opportunities for young people to gain work experience.

If you’re currently unemployed and have a passion for teaching or working with people, then the school’s teacher assistant job might be just what you need.

See how you can qualify and apply for vacancies.

How it Works

Your job as a teacher assistant will be to help permanently employed educators at your previous school with day-to-day duties.

Not only assist them with duties but more importantly, to learn from them and gain teaching experience to boost your chances of getting permanent employment yourself.

This initiative offers you the following opportunities:

  • Education Assistant – Curriculum
  • Education Assistant – ICT/e-Cadres
  • Education Assistant – Reading Champions
  • General School Assistant – Child & Youth Care Worker
  • General School Assistant – Handyman (no matric required)
  • General School Assistant – Sports and Enrichment Agent (no matric required)

You’ll be placed at the school of your choice for 5 months, earning a stipend of R4,081 per month for the employed period.

How to Qualify for the Job

The requirement to qualify for the presidential basic education employment initiative is the matric certificate (National Senior Certificate). And also having additional qualifications will put you at an advantage.

You’ll also need to come along with some great personal skills and attributes to complement working with students in schools, such as:

  • Good communication and listening skills
  • People person
  • Planning and organisation
  • Computer skills
  • Initiative and innovative
  • Team player

How to Apply for Teacher Assistant Vacancies

The easiest way to apply for the teacher assistant job would be to visit schools in your area to inquire more about the opportunity.

The teachers there will equip you with the necessary information and forms to fill out to apply for the job.

Alternatively, you can apply using the SAYouth mobile website, here’s how you apply online:

  1. Visit the SAYouth mobi website and register your profile.
  2. Once completed and verified, log in with your details to access the portal.
  3. Find the search bar, enter ‘education assistant’ or the name of the school in your area.
  4. Review a list of jobs available in your area and choose an opportunity in your area to read more to see further details about the job.
  5. If you are interested in the opportunity, click ‘apply now’. Only apply to schools closest to you.
  6. Follow the prompts and provide the relevant information to complete your application.
  7. You will then receive confirmation that your application has been successful.
  8. You’re done.

Further communications will be made, should you be shortlisted for the assistant job. Interview processes will begin with the requirement of additional documentation.