Applications to be sent by e-mail to: Julie Williamson at
Before 10th of January 2022



1.1.1. Context

The National Department of Education’s E3 Programme is a public private partnership supporting South Africa’s education sector to develop the skills and competencies needed for a changing world. The purpose of the programme is to support the National Development goals towards reducing youth unemployment and poverty by 2035, at least by 90%. The acronym E3 refers to education, employability and entrepreneurship and the programme aims to have 90% of learners either in further education opportunities, employed or starting their own businesses. Preparing learners for the world of work and success after school will be very different from our own experience , and requires a combination of knowledge, competencies and attitudes that form the solutions seeking mindset. The E3 programme aims to use Playful Project Based Learning (PPBL) to activate the competencies and mindset necessary for the 21st century.

The economic impacts of the COVID 19 Pandemic have increased 18-24 youth unemployment from 70% to 74%. To drive transformation in education, it is essential to build a rich eco-system to support a shared vision that every part of government and every other stakeholder in South Africa work together towards the single goal of reducing youth unemployment and poverty by 90% by 2035. True, purposeful, and effective collaborations and partnerships will drive the reconfiguration and repositioning of our basic education system. Strategic stakeholders are those able to support E3 in attaining its objectives. The strategic institutional stakeholders play a crucial role in promoting and supporting teachers as the primary delivery vehicle for E3. In contrast, business and civil society partnerships play a key role in supporting the implementation of E3 through resources, opportunities and information.

The Blueprint’ Entrepreneurship in Schools’ emphasises the importance of developing an entrepreneurial eco-system. There is a high degree of interaction, coordination and effective collaboration by multiple stakeholders sharing a vision. This requires an eco-system that is functional, relational, and impactful. This national blueprint was officially launched by the Minister of Education with the Director General in January 2018 at the Department’s official annual ‘Lekgotla’. E3 has been mandated with one of the key tasks to mobilise the other actors within the South African education space to collectively support these goals and seek to evolve a South African education eco-system that facilitates collaboration, co-operation, and connection.

The E3 programme’s value proposition supports the convening power of the DBE and provides the platform for all education initiatives working with DBE schools striving to bring 21st century skills into the pedagogy, both in class and out. The vision is that the different stakeholders work together in various ways and are involved in a series of symbiotic actions. These include:

  • awareness and outreach,
  • the development of human capital and critical talent,
  • public-private partnerships,
  • multiple sources of innovation, and
  • intellectual property and funding.

A high degree of interaction and coordination among these key elements is required in a dynamic and growth-generating entrepreneurial eco-system.


The key objective of the consultancy is to support the E3 Programme to conduct a desktop study to scope the business sector with the purpose of developing a roadmap for focused future engagement with targeted sectors and in particular opportunities in the banking sector.

The consultant will:

  • Engage with the JSE database and structure according to sectors and identify opportunities for the E3 programme. Highlight sectors that have an interest in the education sector, CSI opportunities and make recommendations for to future engagement for the E3 Programme
  • Identify associations or sector bodies that the E3 programme could engage with and make recommendations
  • Provide a more detailed scoping of the banking sector providing inputs on their citizenship agenda and CSI opportunities for the E3 Programme. Include contact details of key CSI staff and records of information gathering conversations
  • Draft a report capturing the above and highlighting opportunities for the E3 Programme including recommendations for engagement in 2022


An indicative methodology is proposed below. Service Providers are welcome to modifications to the outline.

We envision the consultation will happen through:

  • A kick off meeting with the partnership work stream head to build an understanding the consultancy and agreement to the approach for the study
  • Desktop research focusing on the JSE database as a starting point and then moving to the banking sector for a more detailed overview
  • Scheduling of a progress meeting midway to discuss progress, trends and possible areas for more in-depth study.


  • The E3 programme will share background information with the service provider and agree to scope of work.
  • The service provider will take the lead in conducting the desktop study and engaging with the banking sector, and other business sector partners where applicable.
  • The service provider with schedule a follow-up meeting mid-way in the project to discuss progress.
  • The service provider will share an outline of the final report for input prior to the drafting of the report.
  • Dates, outcomes and outputs will be agreed up on by the parties in a kick off meeting


The E3 Programme invites service providers with the following expertise to submit a proposal

  • Demonstrated experience of the business sector/banking sector and existing networks
  • Ability to conduct research

To support the above interested service providers are invited to submit the following:

  • An up to date CV
  • Proposal outlining approach


The agreement will be concluded for the period of 1 February to 31 May 2022


Enquiries of the assignment can be directed to Julie Williamson


The fees will be paid by means of a bank transfer into the bank account of the provider.

A maximum of 25% of the agreed performance fee can be paid in advance, upon request and submission of an invoice.

Payments will be linked to approval of outputs.