Dept of Correctional Services: Traineeship Programme 2020 / 2021

Closing Date: 02 november 2020 at 15:45
Duration: 12 Months
Stipend: R3500.00

The DCS is looking for persons from various communities, interests and with appropriate qualifications to enter into a Further Education and Training Certificate in the Corrections Services Learnership (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.

Basic enlistment 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).


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. Additioinal qualifications shall not be recognised for the stipend paid or for future remuniration purposes.

Furthermore, applicants must be South Africans who

  1. Are between 21 and 35 years of age;
  2. Have a strong character;
  3. Disclose information and be prepared to undergo personal suitability checks related to their background, citizenship, qualifications and criminal record
  4. Are law-abiding citizens and are without criminal records (particulars of the pending criminal cases must be provided during the selection process).
  5. 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-defense 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 succesful completion of the learnership, succesful 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

Complete the application form in your own handwriting. The “Application for Admission to a Learnership in DCS” form is obtainable from all Correctional Services Offices or the DCS website. The e-DCS website is Just click under Internships, the form can be found there. 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 use fax number 012 323 7901.

Specify the learnership post which you are applying for (e.g. DCS Corrections Service Learnership: Gauteng Region: Leeuwkop (Ref E02). 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 nor 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:

In the case of Western Cape applications, please use the address of the relevant management area.

Eastern Cape

(Mr. Thwani: 043 706 7840)

  1. Requirements: Unemployed graduates or diplomats in any of the fields specified below and between the ages 18 and 35 years.


    Human resource Management

    •  National Diploma / Degree Human Resource Management

    •  National Diploma / Degree in Technical / Maths , Maths  and Science / Commercial / ABET
    Sports Management

    •  National Diploma / Degree in Sports Management /  Bio Kinetics

    •  National Diploma / Degree in Fine Art / Music / Drama

    •  National Diploma / Degree in Animal or Plant Production

    •  National Diploma in Spray Painting / Plumbing / Electrical / Brick Laying / Welding / Motor Mechanic / Upholstery / Cabinet Making / Fitting& Turning / Boiler Makers /Ceramics
    Legal Services

    •  National Diploma / Degree in Law /LLB
    Information Technology

    •  National Diploma / Degree in Information Technology

    • National Diploma / Degree in Journalism
    Supply Chain Management

    •  National Diploma / Degree in Supply Chain Management / Purchasing Management / Logistics / Acquisitioning Management

    •  National Diploma / Degree in Financial or Management Accounting / Internal Auditing / Taxation /Finance.

    •  National Diploma / Degree in Public Relations / Graphic Design / Marketing  / Event Management
    Employee Relations

    •  National Diploma / Degree in Labour Law
    Correctional Service Management

    •  National Diploma Correctional Services Management / Science
    Nutrition / Food Service Management

    •  National Diploma / Degree in Catering / Food Services Management / Hospitality
    Public Administration and Management

    •  National Diploma / Degree in Public Administration /Office Management
    Occupational Health and Safety

    •  National Diploma/Degree in Safety Management/ Environment Health
    Spiritual Care

    •  National Diploma / Degree in Theology

    •  National Diploma / Degree in Electrical /Mechanical Engineering / Architecture / Civil Engineering / Industrial Engineering /Quantity Surveying / Construction Project Management/ Property Management / Sewerage and Water Sanitation
    Project Management

    •  National Diploma Project Management
    Policy Development

    •  National Diploma / Degree in Policy Development

    •  National Diploma/ Degree Criminology / Penology

    •  National Diploma / Degree Library Science
    Community Development

    •  National Diploma / Degree in Community Development

    Please Note:

    •  Policy Development, Graphic Design, Journalism and Internal Audit are offered at Head Office only.
    • Artisan and Agriculture internships are only offered in Regions specifically management areas.

    The employer is seeking graduates with a 3 year ND / Degree or above equalisations.

    Interns will be placed nationally within the Department of Correctional Services (Head Office, Regional and Management Areas). Applicants are advised to apply to work stations close to their place of residence to reduce their own accommodation and traveling costs.

    Interns will receive a monthly stipend of R 4000.00.

    DCS is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Qualifying people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    How to Apply

    Downlaod Application Forms are obtainable from Correctional Centres, qualifications, from Centres, this certified website: Regional offices, Management Area Office and Head Office and are also obtainable from this website: and should be accompanied by certified copy of a bar-coded ID and CV. If you have not been contacted within three months of the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

    Applications must be forwarded to the region of your choice; the postal address, street address, contact persons and their telephone numbers for each region are indicated below.

    Ms. S. Mkuzangwe,
    Tel: (012) 420 0146
    Private Bag X393, Pretoria 0001

    Physical address:

    1077 Forum East Building, Arcadia Street, Hatfield, 0083

    Limpopo / Mpumalanga / North West
    Eddie Nhlengethwa,
    Tel. (012) 306-2016 / 2017
    Private Bag X142, Pretoria 0001

    Physical address:

    Masada Building, cnr Johannes Ramokhoase and Paul Kruger Streets, Pretoria 0001

    Western Cape
    Fezile Ngcangca,
    Tel: (021) 550-6180 / 6078
    Private Bag X1,
    Edgemead 7407

    Physical address:

    Breede River Street, Montagu Drive,  Monte Vista, Edgemead, 7460

    Northern Cape / Free State
    Ms MM Maile,
    Tel. (051) 404-0268
    Private Bag x20530,
    Bloemfontein 9300

    Physical address:

    103 Zastron Street, Agrimed Building,  Bloemfontein, 9300

    Eastern Cape
    Ms UU Nqatha,
    Tel.(043) 706-7803/7840
    Private Bag x9013,
    East London 5200

    Physical address:

    Block E, Ocean View Terrace, East Block, Moore Street

    Rajashree Moodley,
    Tel. (033) 355-7360 / 7359
    Private Bag x9126,
    Pietermaritzburg 3200

    Physical address:

    Eugene Marais Road, Napierville, Pietermaritzburg

    Head Office
    Amos Mkhabela,
    Tel. (012) 307 2380
    Private Bag x136,
    Pretoria 0001

    Physical address:

    East Block, Poyntons Building, 124 WF Mkomo Street, Pretoria

    Zonderwater College (HO)

    Ms KLL Kgasi
    Tel: 012 301 4704
    Private Bag x1010, Cullinan, 1000

    Physical Address

    R515 Rayton Road, Zonderwater College, Cullinan, 1000

    Kroonstad College (HO)

    Ms A Moagi
    Tel: 056 216 2283
    Private Bag x39
    Kroonstad, 9500

    Physical Address:

    Kroonstad College, Britz Street, Kroonstad, 9499

    Please note the following:

    • Application forms will under no circumstances be posted or faxed to applicants
    • Completed application forms must be hand-delivered/posted to the above mentioned offices by no later than 15:45
    • No incomplete, faxed or e-mailed application forms will be considered.
    • Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only.


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