A Guide to Applying for the Teacher Assistant Program on SAYouth

Are you passionate about education and eager to make a positive impact on young learners? The Teacher Assistant Program on SAYouth might be the perfect opportunity for you! This guide will walk you through every step of the application process, ensuring you put your best foot forward.


Before diving in, ensure you meet the program’s eligibility criteria:

  • Age: You must be between 18 and 34 years old.
  • Residency: Be a South African citizen or permanent resident.
  • Location: Live within 5km of an urban school or 30km of a rural/farm school (This information might be requested during application).
  • Previous Participation: This program is not open to those who participated in previous Teacher Assistant Program phases.

Required Documents:

Gather the necessary documents beforehand to streamline the application process:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): A well-formatted CV highlighting your skills and experience relevant to education and working with children.
  • Testimonials (Optional): Letters of recommendation from previous employers, teachers, or community leaders can strengthen your application.
  • Police Clearance Certificate: A valid police clearance certificate demonstrates a clean criminal record. You can apply for one online or at a local South African Police Service (SAPS) office.
  • Affidavit/Declaration (Optional): If your police clearance is pending, submit a sworn statement declaring the absence of a criminal record.
  • Certified Qualifications:
    • Minimum requirement: A Matric certificate.
    • Preference is given to applicants with:
      • NQF Level 4 qualification certificate for Education Assistant applicants.
      • NQF Level 6 or 7 qualifications in Education-related fields (highly advantageous).
  • Certified Copy of ID/Passport: Ensure your identification document is valid and a certified copy is included.

The Application Process:

Now that you’re prepared, let’s navigate the application steps:

  1. Head to SAYouth: Visit the SAYouth website (https://sayouth.mobi/join) (data-free mobile site) or the full website (https://sayouth.mobi/Partner/GetContent?contentTemplate=OQAxADgA).
  2. Register or Login: If you’re new to SAYouth, create an account by providing your details. Existing users can log in with their credentials.
  3. Search for Opportunities: There are two ways to find Teacher Assistant positions:
    • Search Bar: Type in “Teacher Assistant” or “School Assistant” in the search bar and hit enter.
    • Location-Based Search: If you have a school in mind, enter your address or search by zip code. This will display relevant opportunities near you.
  4. Apply for Selected Roles: Review the job descriptions carefully to ensure you meet the specific requirements. Click on the “Apply” button for positions that interest you.
  5. Complete the Application Form: The application form might request information about your:
    • Educational background
    • Work experience (if any)
    • Skills and qualifications relevant to teaching and working with children
    • Motivations for applying to the program
  6. Attach Your Documents: Upload all the required documents mentioned earlier. Ensure they are in a format accepted by the platform (e.g., PDF, JPG).
  7. Review and Submit: Carefully review your application for any errors or missing information. Once satisfied, click “Submit” to finalize your application.

Beyond the Application:

  • Stay Updated: Keep an eye on your SAYouth account for any updates or communication regarding your application. You might be called for an interview.
  • Prepare for the Interview: If shortlisted, research the school and program beforehand. Practice answering common interview questions related to education, child development, and your suitability for the role.

Additional Tips:

  • Highlight Your Passion: Convey your enthusiasm for education and working with children in your application and interview.
  • Tailor Your Application: If applying to multiple schools, personalize your application to highlight relevant skills and experiences for each specific position.
  • Proofread Carefully: Typos and grammatical errors can create a negative impression. Proofread your application thoroughly before submitting.


By following these steps and showcasing your qualifications and passion, you’ll be well on your way to securing a rewarding position as a Teacher Assistant. Remember, SAYouth offers additional resources and support, so don’t hesitate to explore the platform for further guidance. Good luck