About the Department of Justice and Correctional Services
Correctional Service Learnership is offered by DCS South Africa, a part of Department of Justice and Correctional Services. Before you find out more information, let you know about the learnership provider.
The Department of Justice and Correctional Services is the justice ministry of the South African government. The department provides administration and financial support to the court system and the judiciary, oversees the National Prosecuting Authority, provides legal advice and representation to organs of the state, facilitates law reform and is responsible for the country’s correctional services.
The correctional division of the department is responsible for the administration of 240 prisons in South Africa, which accommodates about 189.748 inmates. The prisons include minimum, medium and maximum facilities.
This department offers the people of South Africa services in formal education, community corrections, health, social work and psychological services as well as research. In the formal educational services, the department aims to be the best in the world in delivering formal educational programmes with integrity and commitment to excellence an education service that will provide diverse educational needs for to the people. The target groups of their formal educational services include:
- Incarcerated mothers with their children / babies
- Awaiting-trial detainees
- Sentenced offenders (including children under the age of 18, youths and adults)
- Physically challenge persons
- The aged
- Parolees and probationers
The objectives of formal education in the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is to offer a variety of learning fields that are aimed to contribute towards the development of essential skills and knowledge that will form the foundation for life-long learning. Also, to offer career oriented education programmes and services that are nedds-driven, adaptable and market related, to those entrusted to DCS’s care in a stable and humane teaching environment. The department strives towards their goals in partnership with relevant stakeholders.
The education programmes provided by the Department of Correctional Services mainly focuses on sentenced offenders. Nevertheless, the necessary support services and systems are provided to Mother and Child Care units in terms of Early Childhood Development (ECD). As for the awaiting-trial detainees, parolees and probationers, the Directorate Formal Education in the Department of Correctional Services is only responsible for providing administrative support, study guidance, counselling and other relevant support in terms of studies. During the re-integration process, those who are in charge of education link the probationers with the community learning centres where practicable.
To all who fall into the sentenced offender category, the Department of Correctional Services provide the following.
- General Education and Training
- Children of School-Going Age
It is compulsory for children of school ages to attend school and these children that are sentenced to imprisonment, should also have education opportunities. Therefore, the Correctional Centres utilize learning methodologies that will meet the needs of education of these children and contribute towards their personal growth, by all means following the curriculum as prescribed by the Department of Education.
- Pre-Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) and ABET Level 1 – 4
Pre-ABET programmes is a compulsory part of the ABET field. The Pre-ABET programmes provide opportunities for the learners to learn how to read and write. This course serves as a bridging phase to ABET level 1. The ABET is available from level one up to level four. The programme is presented by trained ABET practitioners (educators, functional officials / trained offender facilitators).
- Further Education and Training (FET)
The FET programme is offered in cooperation and in line with national and provincial departments of education in South Africa, and the Department of Correctional Services is bound by the directives and curricula of these departments of education. The FET programme is provided for free, up to and including Grade 12 and N1-N3 business studies, to all sentenced juveniles and also to adult learners where resources permit or education qualifications can be obtained by means of distance learning in the learners’ own time and at his / her own expenses
- Higher Education and Training (HET)
All courses / subjects / study fields that falls into this band should be done by distance learning in the offenders’ own time and at their own expenses. The Higher Education and Training programme includes diplomas, occupational certificates, first degrees, higher degrees, further research degrees and doctorates.
- Computer-Based Learning
The Computer-Based Learning Centres are designed to provide a secure environment for the learners to utilize technology for study purposes. The Computer-Based Learning programme’s purpose is also to train the offenders to become computer literate as well as to use the centre within a multimedia approach to train students in relevant courseware packages / applications.
Correctional Services Learnerships
The Correctional Services Learnership programme is offered by the Department of Correctional Services every year to 12 Grade African students that had graduated from school. This programme is a form of the government’s National Skills Development Strategy. It was designed to improve skills and reduce poverty and unemployment.
The learnership programme consists both theoretical and practical training in how to contribute to the rehabilitation of prisoners. Trainees will be taught in human correction and development, safe and secure detentions or under community-based correctional supervision.
This Correctional Services Learnership programme is for a period of one year (12 months). It gives people the opportunity to improve their skills and gain more knowledge, as well as to learn acceptable workplace behaviour and attitude that is required in the Correctional Services. Learners will also benefit in receiving monthly stipends worth R3.500.00 for as long as they participate in the Correctional Services Learnership programme.
These are the requirements to join the Correctional Services Learnership:
- Applicants must be a South African citizen, proven by a certified copy of their IDs.
- Applicants must be aged between 21 and 35 years old.
- Applications must be submitted on the Application for Employment Form (Z.83). it can be obtained from any Public Service Department or at gov.za
- A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) must be attached in the application. The CV should include details of at least two contactable referees who recently worked with the applicant.
- Certified copies of qualifications and an identity document (ID) with an original certification stamp are also necessary in the application.
- Applicants must possess a Standard 10 / Grade 12 Certificate or a Further Education and Training Certificate NQF (Level 4) or have successfully completed the National Certificate in Vocational Studies (NQF Level 4).
- Applicants in possession of foreign qualifications are responsible to submit evaluated results by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
- A certified copy of a valid driver’s license must be attached in the application.
- Applicants should not have any criminal record. Those who have a criminal case pending against them must provide all the details when applying.
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 stipend or for further salary / wage purposes.
How to Apply for the Correctional Services Learnership
Applicants can get the application form for admission to a learnership in DCS from any Correctional Services Office. Otherwise, they may download it from the Department of Correctional Services website at www.dcs.gov.za on the ‘Opportunities > Forms’ tab.
Applications must be submitted in time to the correct address as indicated at the bottom of each position in order for it to reach the address before or on the closing date of applications. Applicants that hand-deliver their applications to the direct address of the position they applied to must sign an application register as proof of application.
Applications should not be faxed or e-mailed, as it will not be accepted. If applicants do not receive any further notification on the recruitment, they must accept that the application was unsuccessful. Successful candidates will be required to enter into a performance agreement and be subjected to security clearance procedures. They may also be required to undergo a competency assessment.