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The Department of Basic Education takes pride in its ability to offer employment opportunities to young people in the education sector. This has helped in tackling issues that the department has been grappling with.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has revealed that it created more than 850 000 opportunities for unemployed youth through one of its initiatives.

Through Phase 3 of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI), employment opportunities were afforded to the youth who had been placed in more than 250 000 schools across the country.

Phase 3 will come to its end on 31 August 2022 with no further extension. In a statement, the Education Department has announced:

Preparations are already underway for Phase 4 which will start early in 2023 with a new cohort of young people.

DBE spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga said that the government has urged the youth to continue to grab the upskilling opportunities that are available. Stakeholders in relevant sectors have also been encouraged to invest in the next generation of talent.

The contracts of the cohort that will be exiting the initiative commenced from 1 April 2022. Participants of all three phases of the youth employment initiative did not only receive an employment opportunity but also skills training that will help them in the future.

According to the education department, the significant achievement of PYEI helps in addressing the triple challenge of inequality among genders, unemployment and poverty in South Africa.

Basic Education has passed on appreciation to the youth, school governing bodies, school management teams, Principals, communities and other stakeholders for the pivotal roles that has led to the fruition of all three phases of the employment initiative.