DCS South Africa

Advertiser: The Department of Correctional Services.

A rewarding opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge, attitude and acceptable workplace behaviour required within the correctional environment while earning a stipend of R3 500 for twelve months.

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.

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).

Preference will be given to candidates with an additional qualification(s) such as Trade or Occupational-based Certificate, Diploma or Degree related to Corrections / Security. Additional qualification(s) shall neither be recognised for the stipend paid or for future remuneration purposes.

Furthermore, applicants must be South Africans who:
i. Are between 21 and 35 years of age;
ii. Have a strong character;
iii. Are law-abiding citizens and are without criminal records (particulars of the pending criminal cases must be provided during the selection process).

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:

– Theory

Approximately 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 an approximately 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. On completion of the learnership, learners will receive an FET Certificate in Corrections Services: NQF 4. However the Department of Correctional Services does not guarantee permanent employment thereafter.

How to apply:

Complete the application form in your own handwriting. 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 GP02). 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.

The closing date: 3 May 2013 at 15:45.

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:

References: St. Albans (Ref: Ec01); Amathole (Ref: EC02); Kirkwood (Ref: EC03); East London (Ref: EC05); Sada (Ref: EC06), Cradock (Ref:EC06); Umtata (Ref: EC07)
Postal address: Regional Commissioner Eastern Cape, Recruitment Section, P/Bag X9013, East London 5200
Physical address: Block E Ocean Terrance Moore Street, Quigney East London 5200
Contact Person: Mr Thwani: 043 706 7840

References: Groenpunt (Ref: Fs01); Grootvlei (Ref: FS02); Colesburg (Ref: FS03); Kimberley (Ref: FS04); Upington (Ref: FS05); Goedemoed (Ref: FS06); Kroonstad (Ref: FS06)
Postal address: Regional Commissioner Free State and Northern Cape, Recruitment Section, P/Bag X20530, Bloemfontein 9300.
Physical address: 103 Zastron Street Agrimed Building Bloemfontein 9300
Contact Person: Charles Matsapola: 051 404 0266

References: Leeuwkop (Ref: Gp01); Pretoria (Ref: GP02); Baviaanspoort (Ref: GP03); Zonderwater (Ref: GP04); Johannesburg (Ref: GP05); Boksburg (Ref: D06); Modderbee (Ref: GP07); Krugersdorp (Ref: GP08)
Postal address: Regional Commissioner Gauteng, Recruitment Section, P/Bag X393, Pretoria 0001.
Physical address: DCS Pretoria Training centre 04 Ketjen Street Pretoria-West
Contact Person: 012 420 0146, 012 420 0179

References: Durban (Ref: Zn01); Kokstad (Ref: ZN02); Pietermaritzburg (Ref: ZN03); Ncome (Ref: ZN04); Empangeni (Ref: ZN05), Glencoe (Ref: ZN06); Waterval (Ref: ZN07)
Postal address: Regional Commissioner KwaZulu-Natal, Recruitment Section, P/Bag X9126, Pietermaritzburg 3200.
Physical address: Correctional Services 01 Eugene Marie Road Napierville Pietermaritzburg 3200
Contact Person: Rajashree Moodley: 033 355 7360

References: Polokwane (Ref: LMN01); Barberton (Ref: LMN02); Bethal (Ref: LMN03); Klerksdorp (Ref: LMN04); Rooigrond (Ref: LMN05); Rustenburg (Ref: LMN06); Thohoyandou (Ref: LMN07); Witbank (Ref: LMN08)
Postal address: Regional Commissioner Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North-West, Recruitment Section, P/Bag X142, Pretoria 0001.
Physical address: Proes & Paul Kruger Street 198 Masada Building 9th Floor, Pretoria, 0001
Contact Person: Eddie Nhlengethwa: 012 323 4818

References: West Coast (Ref: Wc01); Drakentstein (Ref: WC02); Allandale (Ref: WC03); Brandvlei (Ref: WC04); Pollsmoor (Ref: WC05); Goodwood (Ref: WC06); Southern Cape (Ref: D07); Voorberg (Ref: WC08); Overberg (Ref: WC09); Breede River (Ref: WC010)

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

Postal addresses are as follows:
Allandale Management Area, Private Bag X23 Hugenote 7645
Brandvlei Management Area, Private Bag X3064, Worcester 6849
Breede River Management Area, Private Bag X6848, Worcester 6849
Drakenstein Management Area, Private Bag X6005, Paarl 7620
Goodwood Management Area, Private Bag X4, Edgemead 7407
Overberg Management Area, Private Bag X051, Caledon 7230
Pollsmoor Management Area, Private Bag X4, Tokai 7966
Voorberg Management Area, Private Bag X2, Porterville 6810
West Coast Management Area, Private Bag X2, Malmesbury 7300
Southern Cape Management Area, Private Bag X6539, George 6530
Regional Commissioner Western Cape, Recruitment Section, P/Bag X1, Edgemead 7407.
Physical address: Breede River Street, Monte Vista, Cape Town
Contact Person: Ms Fezile Ngcanga: 021 550 6078

Security Section References:
Head Office Security (HO 01); Zonderwater College Security (HO 02); Kroonstad College Security (HO 03)
Postal address: Private Bag X136 Pretoria, 0001
Physical address: 124 WF Nkomo Street, Poyntons Building, Pretoria, 0001
Contact Person: Ms Rose Sekotlong: 012 305 8591

DCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and the provisions of the Department’s Employment Equity Plan shall be taken into consideration in the selection of candidates for enrolment into the learnership. It is the intention of the DCS to promote representation in terms of race, gender and disabilities. In support of this learnership strategy, the applicants need to indicate their race, gender and disability status on the application forms as well as in their CVs. People living with disabilities are also encouraged to apply. The inherent requirements of the job in which learners shall be trained during the learnership period will be taken into consideration especially in the selection process as well as during the actual training at the colleges.

Take note that correspondence shall only be limited to shortlisted candidates and thereafter the successful candidates. Should you not be contacted within two (2) months immediately after the closing date of this advertisement, regard your application for learnership as having been unsuccessful.


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  1. I’m 30yrs male i would like to apply I’ve got matric 2002,drivers license & grade C security certificate..

  2. Howdy! This article couldn’t be written much better! Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this. I will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he’s going to have a great read. Thanks for sharing!

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