Are you a South African citizen who is passionate about safety and rendering services to offenders? The department of correctional services’ objective is to proactively manage the lawbreakers register to ensure safety and secure operations. Usually every year the DCS is looking to give opportunities to the youth who are passionate about rendering service to the offender’s needs and facilitating the reintegration of inmates into their communities.

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then this opportunity is for you. This opportunity is part of the government’s approach to eliminating socioeconomic issues such as poverty and high unemployment rate.

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DCS learnership is open to anyone who has the necessary minimum requirements which are listed below

•Only South African citizens need to apply
•Only applicants who have completed their matric or NQF equivalent should apply
•Age restriction between 18 to 35years
•Clear criminal record (if there is a pending case against you applicant must provide details about the case when applying).
•Preference will be given to applicants with additional qualifications such as a degree or diploma or any other related qualification.

Such additional qualifications will not warrant an increase in the stipulated stipend amount that the successful candidates will earn each month for the duration of the contract. The program is valid for 12 months and consists of the following:

•Theory
The suitable candidates will undergo training at a Department of correctional service college that will be appointed by the department. Theoretical training includes training on the proper usage of a firearm, self-defense, and fitness. This is compulsory and prompts applicants to stay at the training college on a full-time basis. Free meals will be provided daily. Upon arrival, all students will get a free uniform and necessary training materials during their stay at the camp.

After completion of the theoretical part, the successful student will start their practical work and will be placed in various DCS centers. This part of training includes learning how to rehabilitate and provide security to offenders. During this part, learners will be earning their monthly stipend but are responsible for their food, accommodation, and transport expenses. The department does not pay any medical aid, housing allowance, pension fund, or overtime whilst undergoing training. Once the learners have completed both their practical and theory parts of the training and submitted their portfolio they will be awarded a certificate in Correctional Services NQF 4.

The learnership contract is legally binding and whoever breaks the signed agreement will be dealt with according to sections 17 and 18 of the skills development Act, 97 of 1998.

How to apply
Suitable candidates should fill in application forms obtainable at any Correctional Services department or you can visit their website. The forms can be downloaded under the “forms” tab. Make sure you specify the correct learnership that you are applying for as they have for different regions. Submit your certificates and your id copies with your application. All copies must be certified within 90 days at any police station or public office. No late applications will be considered. No emailed or faxed applications will be accepted. It is best to apply for a learnership within your region as you will be responsible for your transport and accommodation.

Completed applications should be hand delivered at your nearest DCS office. Applications will open towards yyear-endso be on the lookout on the DCS website for available positions.

By VZ