Department of Home Affairs Learnerships Programme

About the Department of Public works Learnerships Programme

The Department of Public Works aims at providing talented individuals with opportunities that are seen as scarce so that they eventually work within these fields The department needs individuals to fill all the positions within these fields. With these Learnerships the Department also aim to promote Economic Growth of the country. 

These Learnerships are important to young talented individuals as they give them equal chance to learn how the workplace really look likes and also how it functions. When selecting individuals who want to participate in this Learnership program the Department does not use factors like religion, race or gender to select these individuals. Instead they select individuals based on the abilities of the individuals and also the eagerness of these individuals to learn. 

Successful individuals will have access to education, hands-on experience and can learn from the best professional in each field. If you are interested in any of the fields mentioned below, or any of the known scarce fields, please read-on.

Learnerships Available
These fields of study are made available by the Department yearly, some may depend on the need within the Department, and there may also be other fields available.

Individuals interested in any of the following scarce fields of study may apply:

  • Town Planning
  • Plumbing
  • Landscaping
  • Regional Planning
  • Masonry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Building Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrician
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Construction Management
  • Architectural Science
  • Architecture
  • Building
  • Carpentry
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Surveying
  • Management
  • Asset Management
  • Information Technology
  • Horticulture
  • Roofing
  • Welding
  • Boiler making
  • Tiling

Applications must include certified copies of all documentation and must sure they have completed the application fully, as well as sign it. It is suggested that individuals also include a Curriculum Vitae?and cover letter with their application. Requirements will differ, depending on the career path, yet there are some basic requirements.

Individuals will require the following for most Learnerships:

  • Individuals must have passed Grade 12
  • Individuals must be a permanent South African citizen with a valid ID Document
  • All individuals must be computer literate
  • Individuals must be proficient in English (speak, read & write)
  • Individuals must hold a degree or diploma in the field applying for
  • Individuals must be currently unemployed
  • All individuals must be between 18 and 25 years old
  • Individuals must not have participated in another learnership

Individuals with the following characteristics are preferred:

  • Self-motivated
  • Able to meet deadlines
  • Works well under pressure
  • Can work independently
  • Works well as part of a team
  • Great planning skills
  • Great organizing skills
  • Analytically orientated
  • Great negotiation skills
  • Accurate
  • Detail orientated
  • Individuals from specific communities?or previously disadvantaged backgrounds will receive preference.


Department of Public Works does not offer online application these Learnerships. Individuals who are interested to participate in this program should go the Local department office to collect application forms. They should complete the application form before returning it so that can be considered. The department also use other platforms to advertise these Learnerships for example newspapers, career exhibitions, radio broadcasting etc. Individuals must ensure that all necessary documents are submitted with the forms however these documents must be the copies not the originals. 

The following documents must accompany your application:

  • Affidavit
  • Motivation Letter
  • ID Document of Student
  • ID Document of parents/guardian
  • Proof of financial need
  • Admission letter from Institute of Higher Learning
  • Academic Records
  • Grade 12 Certificate
  • Progress Reports (where applicable)

Individuals must kindly ensure that the application form is completed in legible writing. All fields must be completed, and the application signed by the applicant. Because of the high amount of applications they receive yearly, only those who have qualified will be contacted. The Department asks that candidates please not contact them.

Only shortlisted individuals will be considered . No late applications will be taken into account , or applications missing a signature, documentation or are not completed fully.? Individuals who have not had any communication after 60 days from closing date, can assume their application was unsuccessful. These learnerships may be for a duration of a year to 2 years. For more information individuals can visit their website?and many of the provinces have their own learnership opportunities as well.

Closing Date

Applications usually close during August each year, as a result , interested individuals must ensure their applications are in before the closing date. The idea with these learnerships?is to help in the balancing of the economy and promote growth within South Africa.