Correctional Services Learnerships 2020-2021

About the Correctional Services Learnerships programme

Correctional Services Learnerships programme is a program which has been offered to communities each year by the department of correctional services. These learnerships are part of the National Skills Development Strategy which is the government’ organization and it is there to create skills and ease poverty and unemployment.

Department of correctional services Learnerships are only available for those individuals who have the necessary qualifications which allow them 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.

The Correctional Services Learnership aims to give individuals learning opportunity to gain valuable skills and knowledge that are acceptable at a workplace and the attitude that is required in the Correctional Services. Candidates will receive a monthly stipend of R3 500 for the duration of this program.


There are particular requirements for being able to be part of this program:

Minimum requirements

  • Candidates must be a permanent South African citizen
  • Candidates must have passed grade 12
  • 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

  • Candidates must be aged between 21 and 35 years old
  • Candidates must not have a criminal record
  • Candidates 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.

Application process

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 take into consideration that :

  • Applications that are submitted later than the required date will not be considered and unsigned application forms as well.
  • Application forms that are photocopied will not be accepted
  • Application that are submitted through email or fax 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 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


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.)

Also look at our full list of companies offering learnerships

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