Correctional Services Learnership


Department of Correctional Services Learnership
About the Correctional Services Learnership
Every year the South African Department of Correctional Services (DCS) offers people from different communities the Correctional Services learnership opportunity. These learnerships form part of the government’s National Skills Development Strategy to create skills and ease poverty and unemployment.

DCS Learnerships are open to those with the necessary 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 via correction and human development inhumane, secure and safe detention or under community-based correctional supervision.

This Correction Services Learnership will give you the opportunity to learn the skills and gain the knowledge, acceptable workplace behavior and attitude that is required in the correctional services. Learners will earn a stipend of R3 500-00 per month for the duration of the learnership.

Correctional Services Learnership Requirements
There are certain requirements for being accepted into this learnership:

Minimum Requirements
You must be a South African citizen
You must be in possession of a Standard 10/Grade 12 Certificate; or
Be in possession of a Further Education and Training Certificate NQF (Level 4); or
Have successfully completed the National Certificate in Vocational Studies (NQF Level 4)
Other Requirements
You must be between the ages of 21 and 35 years
Applicants must not have a criminal record (if you have a criminal case pending against you, you must provide all the details when applying.)
You need to have a strong character
Preference will be given to applicants 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.

The FET Certificate in Corrections Services Learnership in DCS

This is outcomes-based learning, and the learnership is based on a legally binding contract between the learner, the employer, and the service provider.

The Learnership Programme is for a period of one year (12 months) and consists of:
About 30% of the training will consist of theory. This instructional training will take place at an accredited DCS college that will be specified by the Department.

Theoretical training will include intensive instruction on firearms, self-defense and physical training.
This training is compulsory and means that you will stay at the Training College on a full-time basis.
Successful applicants receive free accommodation, meals, a uniform (field wear and a tracksuit), and all training materials during the training period.
Workplace Training
The remaining 70% of the training will be practical workplace (on-the-job) training which will take place at the Correctional and Social Reintegration Centres/Units.

This part of the training will include duties connected to the rehabilitation and provision of security to offenders.
Learners continue to receive a monthly stipend during this part of the training but are responsible for their own accommodation, meals, and transport
The Department of Correctional Services does not pay a housing allowance, housing subsidy, pension fund, medical aid, danger allowance or overtime during a learnership.
Once the learner has successfully completed both the theoretical (instructional) and practical (workplace) phases, submitted a final Portfolio of Evidence (POE) and has successfully undergone external verification by SASSETA, a FET Certificate in Corrections Services NQF 4 will be issued.

The learnership contract is a legally binding contract and any irregularity or violation of the terms of the agreement will be dealt with by the Department of Correctional Services in accordance with Sections 17 and 18 of the Skills Development Act, 97 of 1998.

Correctional Services Learnership Application Process
How to Apply for the DCS Learnerships?

In order to apply for the FET Certificate in Corrections Services Learnership, you must complete an application form in your own handwriting.

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 make sure 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 accepted
Photocopied forms will not be accepted
Faxed or e-mailed forms will not be accepted
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 necessary 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 open 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.

Read through the links on this page and look for a link that says “Learnership Programme advert with closing date…. ” and click on the link to see if it is the correct learnership (this advert usually also gives all the addresses you can deliver or mail your application to.)

42 thoughts on “Correctional Services Learnership

  1. Hi I would love to apply plz help me with that and it would be a great opportunity for me

  2. Hello there
    My name is Keamogetswe Koitsioe, I will like to be part of your company. I am a hard worker.
    Looking forward hearing from you guys

    Mrs Koitsioe

  3. I am 18 years old,I did my matrix last year and am looking for a job…

  4. I hv a matric and computer certificate ,I’m 4rm mpumalanga I’m really looking for a job(correctional services

  5. Dear Sir/Madam I here by applying for a vacancies on your fields .Iam 32years old female .holding matric and computer litrecy on my hands and driving licences.I am fast learner willing to work under pressure…willing to work with group….I am strong women a goal orientate ready to achieve anything to promote my work……I am situated in Hammanskral around Temba .my contact 0784921710

  6. I finished and passed matric last year and have no experience im currently looking for a job . Im willing to learn and work hard.

  7. I will like for you to give me a call me cause i need a job in the service and i have all the required qualifications needed for the job or to learn.

  8. hi my name is Tumelo mokoena I would like to be a part of learnership and I live in free state bethlehem

  9. Dear Sir/Madam
    My name is Bhekumuzi Ngcobo from KZN at eMpangeni/Richard’s bay.
    I would like to join a gathering of the police
    And I’m ready to do any training available and finish all the tasks are given to be done by me. I’m ready to be relocated to any places if it may happen.
    Im willing to work hard and under pressure and even to work overtime.

    Here’s my contact numbers:
    078 506 8406
    065 666 6078
    060 904 9463

    Thank you

  10. It has always been my dream to join Justice Department as Correctional officer. I am currently not working and looking for a job but but it will be a dream come true if I am an considered to join this year’s learner-ship program

  11. I’m Lifa Gracious Madonsela from Mpumalanga Nkomazi municipality looking for a job to further my studies

  12. Good morning
    I’m very interested in your advertised post.I have NCV Level 4 and a National Diploma and I am 32 years old. Please consider my request.

  13. Hi my name is hofelile shozi from pietermaritzburg I’m 34 years old ,I’m interested to be in a learnership of correctional service

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