Itayi has been in the education sector for the past 22 years. He is a former High School teacher who taught mainly English Home Language, Technology, Geography and Computers, both at Senior Phase as well as at FET level. Since the year 2012, he has worked for various organisations and government institutions, which include Class Act Educational Services, VastraTech, Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance (a Teacher Development training arm of the Gauteng Department of Education), Pearson as well as Axium Education, an Eastern Cape based education NPO. His work in these organisations involved coaching, mentoring and facilitation, in matters to do with school management, curriculum, methodology and ICT in Education. Itayi holds a Bachelor of Education Degree, a Diploma in Secondary Education, a Teaching With Technology Certificate (Wits University) as well as an ICT in Education Certificate from UNISA. He is also an alumni of the Instructional Leadership Institute (ILI), USA.