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Top 10 Hard-to-fill Education Vacancies: The ETD Sector

Top 10 education vacancies for the Schooling, TVET, Higher Education Institutions, and ECD constituencies. Apply for planned ETDP SETA interventions to fill vacancies with these tools.

There are many education vacancies in all parts of the education and training system.

In-demand-occupations and ETDPSETA interventions

The following is a list of ETD in-demand occupations. The bulleted points are the planned interventions by the ETDP SETA.

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List of Hard-to-Fill Education Vacancies

1. FET Phase School Teacher (Grades 10-12): Hard-to-Fill Education Vacancies


  • Skills Programmes for practising teachers: Mathematics, English, Science and technology & ICT Skills short courses
  • Bursaries for student teachers in Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Computer Applications Technology (CAT), and Languages

Template: Bursary Application Letter

2. Foundation PhaseSchool Teacher

  1. Phase School Teacher African Language (Grades R-3);
  2. Foundation School Teacher Other Language (Grades R-3);
  3. Primary Teacher-librarian.
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  • Skills Programmes: Literacy and numeracy short courses & ICT Skills
  • Bursaries for B.Ed. students in Literacy and Numeracy.

3. University Lecturer: Hard-to-Fill Education Vacancies

  1. Distant Education Teacher/Correspondence School Teacher;
  2. Tertiary Educator;
  3. Professor;
  4. College of Education Lecturer;
  5. Associate Professor;
  6. Lecturer;
  7. Assessment Advisor And / Or Internal Moderator.


  • Skills Programmes: Advanced post-graduate programmes: Teaching / Pedagogy ICT Skills & Change Management

4. Early Childhood Development Practitioner: Hard-to-Fill Education Vacancies

  1. Nursery Teacher;
  2. Early Intervention Teacher;
  3. Playschool Teacher;
  4. Early Childcare Teacher;
  5. Pre-school Director;
  6. Early Childhood Development Practitioner African Language.


  • Bursaries: ECD degree programme & B.Ed. Foundation Phase

5. Special Needs Teacher: Hard-to-Fill Education Vacancies

  1. Behaviour Management Special Needs Teacher;
  2. Education Therapist;
  3. Remedial Teacher;
  4. Learning Support Teacher;
  5. Skills and Vocational SpecialNeeds Teacher;
  6. Cognitive and Impairment Special Needs Teacher


  • Skills Programmes: COVID-19 OHS awareness training
  • Bursaries: B.Ed.- Special Needs Education

6. Intermediate PhaseSchool Teacher (Grades 4-6): Hard-to-Fill Education Vacancies


  • Skills Programmes: Part Qualification on Subject Matter and Pedagogy & ICT Skills

7. Senior Phase School Teacher (Grades7 – 9)


  • Skills Programmes: Part Qualification on Subject Matter and Pedagogy & ICT Skills

8. TVET Educator: Hard-to-Fill Education Vacancies


  • Skills Programmes: Part Qualification: ICT Skills/WIL programmes

9. School Principal: Hard-to-Fill Education Vacancies

Deputy Principal, Independent School Principal, Early Childhood Development School Principal, Headmistress, Headmaster.


  • Skills Programmes: Management Development Programmes

10. Research and Development Manager

Research Director, Research Manager.


  • Skills Programmes: Data Management Skills, Report and Academic Writing

Are you an organisation that wishes to enquire and apply for the interventions listed above?

Here’s a letter of enquiry template for the ETDPSETA:

Dear [Address this to a specific person],

I am writing to express my interest in the ETDPSETA [name specific training intervention or program], specifically for hard-to-fill vacancies. [State reason or purpose] Example: Our organization is currently experiencing difficulty in filling critical positions, and we believe that your program may offer a solution.

I would like to enquire about the details of the program and how it may benefit our organization. Can you provide information on the eligibility criteria and the types of training interventions available? Additionally, what are the costs involved, and is there any financial assistance or support available?

We are committed to providing our employees with the necessary skills and training to succeed in their roles, and we believe that the ETDPSETA program may be an excellent opportunity to achieve this goal. Our organization is looking to fill vacancies in [Job Title/Department], and we believe that your program may be able to assist us in this regard.

I would appreciate any information you can provide on the program, and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you for your consideration.


[Your Name]

Education Training and Development Sector Trends

Do you work in the ETD sector and want to participate in any of the ETDPSETA interventions listed above?

Here is a letter of motivation template for you to adapt to your needs.

Dear [find a relevant ETDP contact person],

I am writing to express my interest in applying for the ETDPSETA-funded training program. As a [Current/Prospective] employee of [Company/Organization], I am committed to developing my skills and abilities to excel in my current role and contribute to the organisation’s success.

I am particularly interested in the training opportunities that the ETDPSETA program offers, and I believe that this program can provide me with the skills and knowledge required to enhance my performance and take on more responsibilities within the organization.

Knowing that the program offers a range of training interventions in various areas, I would like to request information on the available training and the eligibility criteria for applying. Additionally, I am interested in learning more about the financial assistance or support that may be available.

I am confident that the skills and knowledge gained from the ETDPSETA training program will be of significant benefit to me and the organization. I am eager to take advantage of this opportunity to enhance my skills and contribute to the success of the organization.

Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


[Your Name]

Employment in the ETD Sectors

According to the WSP submissions for 2022, the total employment in the ETD sector is approximately 560428. This employment indicates the total number of employees for all the organisations who have submitted their WSPRs for 2022 and have further filled in the form, which requests total staff establishment. Out of this total, 1091 employees were reported to be people living with disabilities.

The following is a list of primary employers in Education, Training and Development

Job Application Cover Letter Template for the Education Sector

Dear [Hiring Manager],

I wish to express my interest in the [Position] role in the education sector, as advertised on [Source]. With [Number] years of experience in [Specific Skill/Industry], I am confident in my ability to make a valuable contribution to your team.

My passion for education stems from [Personal Connection/Experience]. I have [Degree/Certification] from [Institution] and have worked in [Industry/Role] for [Number] years. In my current role at [Current Company], I have been responsible for [Key Responsibility/Project] and have achieved [Results/Impact].

I am excited about the prospect of joining your team and utilizing my skills to [Key Responsibility/Project]. My experience has provided me with a strong foundation in [Skill/Expertise], which I believe will be valuable in this role.

In addition to my experience, I possess strong [Soft Skill], [Soft Skill], and [Soft Skill], which I believe will enable me to [Achievement/Contribution]. I am committed to [Value/Goal], and I am eager to bring my expertise and passion to your organization.

Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss my candidacy further.


[Your Name]

Interesting ETD Labour Market Factors

1. Race and Age

The racial composition of the labour force shows that Africans dominate the ETD sector. Africans are approximately 74% of the ETD employees. Whites make up about 12%, coloured about 11%, and Indians make up about 4% of ETD employees. Agewise, the ETD sector is dominated by employees of the age group 35 to 55. The youth age group (< 35) employees constitute 25% of ETD employees. ETD employees of the age group above 55 years of age only comprised 18%.

2. Gender

The majority of occupational groups are female-dominated. There is a close gender balance in the manager’s occupational group, where females comprise 56%, and males only 44%. Wow! Refreshing!

There are significant gender disparities in the plant and machine operators and assemblers, skilled agricultural, forestry, fishery, craft and related trades workers, and clerical support workers. These disparities may indicate that ETD technical occupations are largely male-dominated, and administrative/clerical occupations are primarily female.

3. Youth Funding

8328 (41% of 20 205 goal): Number of youth accessing work-based learning opportunities to enhance employability.

1615 (8% of 20 105 goal): Increased number of students receiving financial assistance from the ETDP SETA bursary scheme and/or ETDP SETA funded skills development initiatives.

The ETDP SETA workplace experience programme assists learners in scarce and critical skills programmes covered by sector agreements from FET and HET institutions in gaining work experience. Contact the ETDPSETA if you want to become a participant in any of their interventions. We posted information about learnership qualifications in the ETDP sector for youth at this link.

If you want to apply for an ETDPSETA bursary, take a look at our bursary application template at this link. And hey, GOOD LUCK! :)

Education, Training and Development Sector Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about jobs and finding work in the education, training and development sectors:

Pan Africa Education Scenario

Education labour market dynamics

  1. According to a survey by the World Economic Forum, South Africa ranks 61st out of 130 countries in terms of the quality of its education system. The survey also found that South Africa ranks 99th in terms of its ability to retain and attract talent.
  2. In South Africa, the education and training sector is the second-largest employer after government, with over 900,000 people employed in the industry.
  3. R232,000 ($16,400) per year, is the average salary for a teacher in South Africa (Payscale).
  4. In Africa, the education and training sector is expected to create 45 million new jobs by 2030, according to the African Development Bank.
  5. Despite the potential for job creation, the education and training sector in Africa faces challenges, including inadequate funding, a shortage of qualified teachers and trainers, and a lack of access to quality education and training.

The Need for Skills Development at All Levels

  1. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the education and training sector in Africa, with school closures and disruptions to learning affecting millions of children and young people. The pandemic has also highlighted the importance of digital skills and online learning.
  2. According to the World Bank, Africa has the youngest population in the world, with over 60% of its population under the age of 25. This presents a significant opportunity for the education and training sector to create jobs and develop skills.
  3. The demand for technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Africa is growing, as countries seek to develop their economies and create jobs. However, the sector faces challenges, including a lack of funding and a shortage of qualified trainers and assessors.
  4. In South Africa, the government has launched a number of initiatives to address the skills shortage, including the National Skills Development Strategy, which aims to provide training and education opportunities for unemployed and under-skilled South Africans.
  5. A survey by LinkedIn shows the top skills in demand in South Africa in 2021 include digital marketing, data analysis, project management, and software development.


Education and Training Global Trends

  1. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the education and training sector is projected to grow by 9% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.
  2. In 2020, the median annual wage for training and development managers was $115,640, while the median annual wage for instructional coordinators was $67,490.
  3. The top industries for employment in the education and training sector include elementary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, and professional schools.
  4. According to a 2021 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, 68% of employers reported having difficulty filling full-time positions in the education and training sector.
  5. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in many institutions shifting to remote and hybrid learning models. The Lumina Foundation reports that 44% of adults pursuing education or training prior to the pandemic experienced an interruption due to COVID-19.
  6. According to a 2020 report by the World Economic Forum, the top skills in demand in the education and training sector include critical thinking, creativity, emotional intelligence, and complex problem-solving.
  7. The education and training sector is becoming increasingly globalized, with many institutions offering online courses and programs that can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
  8. There is a growing demand for specialized training and development programs in areas such as cybersecurity, data analytics, and digital marketing, as companies seek to adapt to an increasingly digital and data-driven economy.


  1. “Africa’s Youth Population Will Be the World’s Largest by 2030.” World Bank.
  2. Trends and WSPR Submissions Analysis Report: 2022 – 2023. September 2022
  4. “Education and Training in South Africa.” Statistics South Africa.
  5. “Africa’s Jobs Strategy: A New Vision for a Continent on the Move.” African Development Bank.
  6. “Africa’s Education and Training Challenges.” UNESCO.
  7. “The Global Competitiveness Report 2019.” World Economic Forum.
  8. “Average Teacher Salary in South Africa.” Payscale.
  9. “TVET in Africa: Meeting the Skills Challenge.” UNESCO.
  10. “National Skills Development Strategy III.” Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa.
  11. “LinkedIn’s 2021 Jobs on the Rise in South Africa.” LinkedIn.
  12. “COVID-19 Educational Disruption and Response.” UNESCO.

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