EPWP General workers PDF Forms

What is the EPWP?

The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) is one of the many programmes offered by the Western Cape Government and the National Department of Public Works. The EPWP aims to provide poverty and income relief through temporary work for the unemployed to carry out socially useful activities at the EPWP.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) facilitates work opportunities and capacity building through programmes aimed at youth acquiring skills to facilitate their entry into the job market. The EPWP beneficiaries work in various places in the districts of the Western Cape, changing their young lives for the better.

Read more about our EPWP highlights online.

What does the EPWP aim to do?

  • To bring the unemployed into a temporary working environment
  • The unemployed will obtain skills and gain work experience
  • The unemployed will receive a stipend (allowance)
  • To enhance their chances of future employment and/or trigger their “entrepreneurial spirit”.
Who qualifies to work on EPWP projects?
  • Unemployed individuals
  • Unskilled individuals
  • Women
  • Youth (16-35)
  • Disabled persons
  • Adult men

DCAS gives people the opportunity to participate in the EPWP activities. Communities should encourage the youth to use these opportunities to reach their full potential. Let us nurture and develop the skills of our youth, BETTER TOGETHER

The Department of Public Works targets to benefit the filling of positions in all fields seen as scarce, they offer young, talented candidates the prospect of working within these fields. With these Department of Public Works Learnerships, the department can now also sustain an experienced labor force. They also promote the economic growth of the country with these learnerships.

These learnerships offer all South Africans an equal chance to learn how the workplace functions. Their choices are not based on factors such as religion, race or gender. They are looking for young individuals who show astonishing abilities academically, with an enthusiasm to learn and make the most of their lives.

Successful candidates 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.

Department of Public Works 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.

Candidates 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 ensure they completed the application fully, as well as sign it. It is suggested that candidates 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

  • You must hold a valid Matric Certificate
  • Candidates must be a South African citizen with a valid ID Document
  • All candidates must be computer literate
  • Candidates must be proficient in English (speak, read & write)
  • Applicants must hold a degree or diploma in the field applying for
  • Candidates must be unemployed
  • All candidates must be between 18 and 25 years old
  • Must not have been part of another learnership

Candidates with the following attributes 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

Candidates from specific communities?or previously disadvantaged backgrounds will receive preference.


Department of Public Works online learnerships applications is not available. Candidates may find applications at their local department office, and also return the completed form with required documentation to the same office. The department may also advertise these learnerships by means of advertisements in newspapers, career exhibitions, radio broadcasting or even by visiting educational institutes. Candidates are asked to please ensure that all documents are copied and certified. Please do not send your original documents with the application


Director: Mr X.C Xulu Private Bag X 9041 PIETERMARITZBURG 3200 Tel: 033 355 5575/ 5572 e-mail: xolani.xulu@kznworks.gov.za


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