Department of Correctional Services Learnerships (Only Matric required)

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is inviting applications from unemployed young South Africans from various communities, interests and with appropriate qualifications to enter into a Further Education and Training Certificate (FETC) in the Corrections Services (NQF Level 4). The function of these trainees shall be to contribute towards the rehabilitation of offenders through correction and human development in secure, safe and humane detention or under the community-based correctional supervision. English will be used as a medium of instruction.

The opportunity to acquire skills, knowledge and workplace experience in the field of Corrections and earn a stipend of R3 500.00 for the twelve month duration of the learnership.

What are the basic requirements?

  • South Africans who are in possession of a Grade 12/Standard 10 Certificate; or
  • South Africans who have successfully completed the National Certificate in Vocational Studies (NQF Level 4); or
  • South Africans who have successfully completed a Further Education and Training Certificate NQF (Level 4).

NB: Candidates with additional qualifications(s) such as diploma or degree related corrections / penology / criminology shall be given a preference. Unemployed graduates who have completed other post school qualifications relevant to the correctional services environment are also encouraged to apply. Additional qualifications shall not be recognised for the stipend paid or for future remuneration purposes.

Furthermore, applicants must be South Africans who:

  • Are between 21 and 35 years of age;
  • Have a strong character;
  • Disclose information and be prepared to undergo personal suitability checks related to their background, citizenship, qualifications and criminal record;
  • Are law-abiding citizens and are without criminal records (particulars of the pending criminal cases must be provided during the selection process)’
  • Are prepared to subject themselves to selection process conducted by DCS.

The FET Certificate in Corrections Services Learnership

The learnership is outcome-based and is intended to contribute towards addressing the skills shortage in South Africa. The Corrections Services Learnership is based on a legally binding agreement between the employer, learner and service provider.

The Learnership Programme shall be presented for a period of one year consisting of:

The learnership comprises of ±30% of work which is theoretical or instructional learning and ±70% which is workplace learning in nature. the portion of the training will also include exposure to the correctional centres.


A ± 30% intensive instructional learning theory, which is inclusive of firearm, physical and self-defence training, which will take place at designated accredited DCS colleges. Free accommodation, meals, training material, uniform (field wear and tracksuit) shall be provided during this training phase. The obligatory theoretical training strictly requires the learner to be accommodated at the Training College on a full-time basis.

Workplace Training

This is a ± 70% workplace learning phase that shall take place at the Correctional and Social Reintegration Centres/Units. Please note that this will entail duties related to the rehabilitation and provision of security to offenders. During this phase, learners shall continue receiving a stipend. The learners shall be responsible for their own accommodation, meals and transport. No pension fund, housing allowance, housing subsidy, danger allowance, medical aid or overtime shall be paid by the employer during the theoretical as well as during the practical training phases. The learner shall be declared competent after the successful completion of the instructional learning phase, the workplace learning phase, the final submission of the Portfolio of Evidence (POE) and the successful external verification by SASSETA. Any contravention or deviation from the learnership agreement during the twelve months period shall be dealt with by the DCS in accordance with Sections 17 and 18 of the Skills Development Act, 97 of 1998. It should be borne in mind that after successful completion of the learnership, successful learners will receive an FET certificate in Correctional Services (NQF Level 4). However, the DCS does not guarantee permanent employment on the completion of the qualification.

How to apply for the 2017/18 Correctional Services Learnerships?

Download the DCS Learnership Application Form by clicking here. Complete the application form in your own handwriting. Please take note that these forms are not for sale. Report any form of corruption to either the Department Investigation Unit Hotline 0800 701 701 or by fax number 012 323 7901.

Specify the learnership post which you are applying for (e.g.  Gauteng Region: Leeuwkop (Ref E14/2017). The application must be signed by the applicant (neither by a proxy, agent nor representative of the applicant).

Attach certified copies of your certificates and ID that are not older than 3 months.

Neither late, incomplete nor unsigned application forms shall be accepted. Furthermore, no photocopies of completed forms, faxed or e-mailed applications shall be accepted.

Taking into consideration that you have to provide your own transport and accommodation during your experiential learning, you are therefore advised to apply for learnership enrolment within the Region or Management Area closest to your place of residence. The application forms with the accompanying documents can be hand-delivered or posted to the following addresses:

Eastern Cape Region

St. Albans (E01 / 2017)

Amathole (E02 / 2017)

Kirkwood (E03 / 2017)

East London (E04 / 2017)

Sada (E05 / 2017)

Umthatha (E06 / 2017)

Postal address: Regional Commissioner: Eastern Cape, Recruitment Section, Private Bag X9013, East London 5200

Physical address: Block E Ocean Terrance, Moore Street, Quigney, East London 5200

Contact Person: Mr Thwani: 043 706 7840


Free State and Northern Cape

Groenpunt (E07 / 2017)

Grootvlei (E08 / 2017)

Colesburg (E09 / 2017)

Kimberley (E10 / 2017)

Upington (E11 / 2017)

Goedemoed (E12 / 2017)

Bizzah Makhate (E13 / 2017)

Postal address: Regional Commissioner: Free State and Northern Cape, Recruitment Section, P/Bag X20530, Bloemfontein 9300.

Physical address: 103 Zastron Street, Agrimed Building, Bloemfontein, 9300

Contact Person: Ms M. Maile: 051 404 0277


Gauteng Region

Leeuwkop (E14 / 2017)

Pretoria (E15 / 2017)

Baviaanspoort (E16 / 2017)

Zonderwater (E17 / 2017)

Johannesburg (E18 / 2017)

Boksburg ( E19 / 2017)

Modderbee (E20 / 2017)

Krugersdorp (E21 / 2017)

Postal address: Regional Commissioner: Gauteng, Recruitment Section, P/Bag x393, Pretoria, 0001

Physical address: DSC Pretoria Training Centre, 04 Ketjen Street, Pretoria-West

Contact Person: Ms Sibongile Mkuzangwe 012 420 0146


KwaZulu-Natal Region

Durban (E022 / 2017)

Kokstad (E23 / 2017)

Pietermaritzburg (E24 / 2017)

Ncome (Ref: E25 / 2017)

Empangeni (E26 / 2017)

Glencoe (E27 / 2017)

Waterval (E28 / 2017)

Postal address: Regional Commissioner KwaZulu-Natal, Recruitment Section, P/Bag X9126, Pietermaritzburg 3200.

Physical address: Correctional Services, 01 Eugene Marie Road, Napierville, Pietermaritzburg 3200

Contact person: Rajashree Moodley: 033 355 7359


Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West

Polokwane (E29 / 2017)

Barberton (E30 / 2017)

Bethal (E31 / 2017)

Klerksdorp (E32 / 2017)

Rooigrond (E33 / 2017)

Rustenburg (E34 / 2017)

Thohoyandou (E35 / 2017)

Witbank (E36 / 2017)

Postal address: Regional Commissioner Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West, Recruitment Section, P/Bag X142, Pretoria 0001.

Physical address: Proes & Paul Kruger Street, 198 Masada Building, 9th Floor, Pretoria, 0001

Contact person: Eddie Nhlengethwa: 012 306 2025


Western Cape Region

West Coast (E37 / 2017)

Drakenstein (E38 / 2017)

Allandale (E39 / 2017)

Brandvlei (E40 / 2017)

Pollsmoor (E41 / 2017)

Goodwood (E42 / 2017)

Southern Cape (E43 / 2017)

Voorberg (E44 / 2017)

Overberg (E45 / 2017)

Breede River (E46 / 2017)


Postal address: The Regional Commissioner Western Cape, Recruitment Section, P/Bag x1 Edgemead, 7407

Physical address: Breede River Street, Monte Vista

Contact Person: Fezile Ngcanga: 021 550 6078


Head Office

Head Office Security (HO 01/2017)

Zonderwater College Security (HO 02/2017)

Kroonstad College Security (HO 03/2017)


Postal address: Private Bag X136, Pretoria, 0001

Physical address: 124 WF Nkomo Street, Poyntons Building, Pretoria, 0001

Contact Person: Ms. Rose Sekotlong: 012 305 8591

Closing date: 2 June 2017 at 15:45

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