PRESIDENTIAL YOUTH STIMULUS TARGETS OVER 300, 000 JOBS

Youth Employment Index

In a review of the Presidential Youth Employment Stimulus, which commenced in December 2020, the Department of Basic Education, says the initiative has created over 300, 000 jobs.

The sector created employment opportunities for 319 091 Education and General Education Assistants between the ages of 18 and 35. The initiative aims to use direct public investment to create opportunities for employment and support workers negatively impacted by the pandemic ends on 31 March 2021.

The Department received over 868 000 applications from young people when the initiative started. .

The Department received over 868 000 applications from young people when the initiative started.

Of the 300 000 successful candidates, 200 000 were Education Assistants and 100 000 were General School Assistants.

Funding

The Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI) was funded to the tune of R7 billion, of which R6.9 billion was distributed to provinces as an equitable share.

R 4.47 billion, was targeted towards providing employment opportunities for the youth, of which 1% was allocated towards training, while 1% went towards the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) for each employed youth.

The department said the value of the programme has been acknowledged by both school principals and educators, who were able to focus their efforts on supporting learners.

The initiative aims to use direct public investment to create opportunities for employment and support workers negatively impacted by the pandemic ends on 31 March 2021.

– SAnews.gov.za

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