ESSA how to guide


To assist workseekers during this time of COVID-19, the following services are offered online, free of charge:-

Go to the Department's website, select online services to access ESSA system, there:-

  • You can register as a workseeker  and search and apply online for many of the opportunities registered by the employers. Once registered, a CV will automatically be compiled which you can download.  Your application will be sent to one of more than 186 Departmental employment practitioners across the country, who will consider your application for submission to potential employers- See How to Guide for ESSA​
  • If you are an employer or organisation that wants to offer training opportunities, you can also register the job opportunities online- this will be immediately available to all registered workseekers to view. To register you will need a valid UIF registration number.

You can access counselling guides developed by the Department's employment practitioners to help you cope with unemployment, you can access them through the link.

If you are not sure as to where your career interest lies, you can also complete a free career interest questionnaire ​