Correctional Services Learnerships Programme

About the Correctional Services Learnerships Programme

The Correctional Services Learnerships Programme its basically about the empowermering the community. This Learnership program aims at reducing the unemployment and poverty rate in South Africa. Every year the south African department of Correctional Services offers this Learnerships opportunities to qualifying individuals who are from different communities. It also form part of the National Skills Development Strategy. 

DCS Learnerships are open to those with the important qualifications required to study for the Further Education and Training (FET) Certificate in the Corrections Services Learnership (NQF Level 4).

The learnership consists of both theoretical and practical training in how to contribute to the rehabilitation of prisoners. As a trainee, you will be taught how to do this through correction and human development inhumane, secure and safe detention or under community-based correctional supervision.

Successful individuals will receive a monthly stipend of R3, 500 until the Learnership program comes to an end that is usually 12 months. This learnership program gives qualifying individuals an opportunity to learn the skills and gain the knowledge, acceptable workplace behavior, and attitude that is needed in the correctional services.

There are certain requirements for being accepted into this learnership:

Basic Requirements

  • Candidates must be a permanent South African citizen
  • Candidates must be in possession of a  Matric Certificate; or
  • Candidates be in possession of a Further Education and Training Certificate NQF (Level 4); or
  • Candidates must have successfully completed the National Certificate in Vocational Studies (NQF Level 4)

Additional Requirements

  • Individuals must be between the ages of 21 and 35 years
  • Individuals must not have a criminal record (if you have a criminal case pending against you, you must provide all the details when applying.)
  • Individuals need to have a strong attribute

Preference will be given to individuals who have additional qualifications such as a Trade or Occupational-based Certificate, Diploma, or Degree related to Security/Corrections. Any such additional qualifications will not be considered in the payment of the stipend paid to learners during the learnership or for further salary/wage purposes.

Application Process
How to Apply for the DCS Learnerships?
In order to apply for the FET Certificate in Corrections Services Learnership, you must finish an application form in your own handwriting.

  • How to get the Correctional Services Forms?
  • You can get the Application for Admission to a Learnership in DCS form from any Correctional Services Office, or you can download it from the Department of Correctional Services website.
  • The e-DCS website is under the Forms Tab
  • Once you access the website, look at the top or bottom for the link that says “Forms” and click on it. Then click on the Internship/Learnership Application Forms link.
  • Click on the Learnership Application Form link and the form will automatically download to your computer
  • When applying for the learnership ensure that you specify the learnership post that you are applying for (e.g. DCS Corrections Service Learnership: Gauteng Region: Leeuwkop (Ref GP02)
  • Make sure that you sign the application form yourself
  • Attach certified copies of your certificates and Identity Document (these copies must have been certified within the last 3 months – you can get this done at any Police Station)

Please Note:

  • Application forms that are late or unsigned will not be taken into consideration
  • Photocopied forms will not be taken into account
  • Faxed or e-mailed forms will not be considered
  • Remember that during your workplace training you will be responsible for your own accommodation, transport, and meal costs. It is thus suggested to apply for a learnership in the Region or Management Area closest to where you live.

Completed Correctional Services Learnership application forms with all important attached documents can be mailed (posted at the post office) or hand-delivered to the Regional Commissioner at the Management Office nearest to where you live. You can find the address and contact details of your nearest Management Office.

Correctional Services Learnership Learnership Information
Applications for this learnership will commence later in the year, normally around November or December. You can keep checking whether the learnership is open for applications yet by checking the Vacancies page on the DCS website.