The teachers assistant application is becoming increasingly popular. With unemployment soaring and young people finding it ever more difficult to find jobs in South Africa, the government launched several employment initiatives to address the problem. One of these was the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative, or PYEI, which sets out to create employment opportunities for teacher’s assistants.
The programme is currently in Phase III which concludes at the end of August 2022. Phase IV, initially scheduled to start on 26 September 2022, is now scheduled for February 2023. There is generally a 6-week pre-application period that gives applicants time to get their documentation sorted out and applications submitted.
What is the Department of Education’s Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI)?
The Basic Education Employment Initiative, or BEEI, is aimed at creating jobs for unemployed young people between the ages of 18 and 35, as well as ameliorating the damaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Phase IV of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative, or PYEI, will start in February 2023.
It encourages young people between the ages of 18 – 35 to apply for teachers assistant jobs. They will receive valuable training and skills that will stand them in good stead in the future. Successful candidates will be given 5-month contracts in schools in various levels of teacher’s assistant posts.
In essence, a teacher’s assistant’s role is to provide support to teachers by taking on some of the teaching responsibilities, and interacting with and helping individuals or groups of learners as required.
Who can apply for teachers assistant application jobs in Phase IV?
The following people will be eligible to be appointed to these jobs:
- You must be between the ages of 18 and 35 years old.
- You must be a South African resident with a valid RSA ID book or card or valid passport, or you must have a valid work permit;
- You must live no further than 5km from the school where you will be employed, unless you’ll be working at a farm school, when this will be extended to 30km.
- Only one person from any household can apply.
- You meet the requirements per category and subcategory of the position you’re applying for.
- You’ve attended all the training days and carried out all the work assigned to you.
- You are not currently employed.
- You’re not studying either part-time or full-time, or are participating in a learnership.
- You’re not currently receiving any government grants.
- You’re not currently receiving any salary, wage or stipend.
- You don’t have a criminal record.
- You weren’t unfairly advantaged by knowing any staff members at the school.
- You’ve attended and successfully completed all the compulsory training for the position and received the relevant certificates
What does a teacher’s assistant do?
As a teacher’s assistant, or TA, you’ll perform a range of functions and responsibilities depending on your level of experience, your TA status, and the school where you’re employed. In essence, your job boils down to giving essential support to the teachers in a school you’re assigned to.
You’ll also work with and give support to individual pupils, groups of learners, or the entire class, as and when they need your help and support. The teacher you work with will direct you in this, as will the Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator, or SENDCO, at the school.
Teacher’s assistant jobs come in four levels – Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Higher Level – and depending on which one you’re employed in, you’ll have different responsibilities, training and specialisms. You can find out more about the available positions here.
What will my responsibilities as a teacher’s assistant be?
As stated above, these will vary according to the level of your post, and what the teacher you’re assisting wants you to do on a day-to-day basis, But in general a teacher’s assistant’s job usually comprises the following responsibilities:
- Overseeing and helping with the teaching activities in the classroom.
- Helping the teacher with lesson planning and admin duties.
- Creating displays and getting the classroom and resources ready for lessons.
- Supporting the teacher in managing difficult pupil behaviour and fostering positive behaviour and attitudes.
- Making sure that the pupils understand, get involved in and focus on the work in class.
- Giving the pupils emotional support and encouragement, and guiding and monitoring their progress.
- Reporting any current or developing problems learners may be experiencing so these can be addressed in good time.
- Engaging with and listening to pupils who need help or are upset, sad or worried.
- Overseeing pupils’ reading activities, reading to them and telling them stories.
- Helping outside the classroom with after-school activities and clubs, school functions, school trips or other school-related activities.
- Helping with revision and exams.
How do I apply for a teachers assistant application position?
Young people who want to apply for the government’s teacher’s assistant jobs have to log in on the SA Youth network website at https://sayouth.datafree.co/Home/Index/EN. It’s a zero-rate mobisite that applicants can access on their cell phones. Applicants who don’t have internet access can call 0800 727272, which is a toll-free number. You’ll need your
South African identity document, and you’ll also need your postal code so that the network can try to match your application with opportunities close to you.
- Go to SAYouth website
- Create an account by clicking on Join the Network and logging in with your details.
- Now a list of the available teacher’s assistant jobs in your area will be displayed. This will include the opportunity cards for the schools that are close to you because it’s important that you only apply at schools within a 5km radius of your home.
- Click the Read More button which will give you more details about the job.
- If you’re interested in the job, click the Apply Now button.
- Follow the prompts and provide all the requested information to complete your application.
Alternatively, you can:
- Go to https://sayouth.me/DBE and select your province
- Complete all the required fields
- Search for the school that is closest to you
- Check that all the information you’ve provided is correct, and click ‘Submit’
How do I know that being a teacher’s assistant will suit me?
To be a good teacher’s assistant you have to be a ‘people person’! This means you must enjoy working with people and children in particular. You should have a positive outlook on life, have good communication skills and be quite creative.
Having a strong personality, a good work ethic and a cheerful disposition will all serve you very well in this job. And having a great deal of patience will also work very much to your advantage!
What documents do I need to apply for a teacher’s assistant post?
You will need a certified copy of your ID, refugee ID or work permit, as well as your
matric certificate if it is required. You’ll also need a CV, and a reference letter from your former school, a counsellor, your local chief, a church leader or a previous employer.
You’ll need to submit a declaration letter confirming that you’re not employed, training, studying or receiving some form of income or grant. And finally, you’ll also have to submit a Police Clearance Certificate within two months of taking up your post as a teacher’s assistant.
Being a teacher’s assistant can be a very rewarding experience. Helping children to learn is always great, and the experience will also equip you with many useful skills and contacts for the future. Who knows, you may discover that teaching is the career for you!