Prison Warder learnerships

Learnerships for Becoming a Prison Warder

Another word for prison warder is correctional service officer. Throughout South Africa, prison warders work in jails, as well as prisons. A prison warder’s main duties are to manage, oversee, and guard the inmates in the jails and prisons. The prison warders will also give inmates facilities, help secure, and arrange the inmates.

Available Learnerships for Prison Warders

1. Departments of correctional services

Every year the DCS in South Africa offers candidates the chance to gain one of their Correctional Services Learnerships. DCS is short for Department of Correctional Services. The Correctional Services Learnerships is only a segment of the government’s National Skills Department Strategy to give candidates the chance to learn skills and gain new knowledge. You can visit the following addresses based on where you are located to find out more about their learnerships, what they have to offer, and when they’ll be available.

EASTERN CAPE REGION 
(St. Albans, Middledrift, Kirkwood, East London, Sada, Cradock, Umtata)
Their Postal address:
The Regional Commissioner Eastern Cape, Recruitment Section, P/Bag X9013, East London.

Their Physical address:
Block E Ocean Terrance Moore Street Quigney East London
You can contact:
Mr. S Twani: (043) 706 8784

FREE STATE AND NORTHERN CAPE 
(Groenpunt, Grootvlei, Colesburg, Kimberley, Upington, Goedemoed, and Kroonstad)

  • Their Postal address:
The Regional Commissioner Free State and Northern Cape, Recruitment Section, P/Bag X20530, Bloemfontein, 9300.
  • Their Physical address:
103 Zastron Street Agrined Building Bloemfontein 9300
    You can contact:
Mr. Charles Matsapola: (051) 404 0277

GAUTENG REGION
(Leeuwkop, Pretoria, Baviaanspoort, Zonderwater, Johannesburg, Boksburg, Modderbee, Krugersdorp)

  • Their Postal address:
The Regional Commissioner Gauteng, Recruitment Section, P/Bag X393, Pretoria, 0001.
  • Their Physical address:
04 Ketjen Street Pretoria west ( Kgoši Mampuru II Training Centre)
    You can contact:
Ms. Sibongile Mkuzangwe: (012) 420 0146

KWA-ZULU NATAL REGION 
(Durban, Kokstad, Pietermaritzburg, Ncome, Empangeni, Glencoe, Waterval)

  • Their Postal address:
The Regional Commissioner Kwa-Zulu Natal, Recruitment Section, P/Bag X9126, Pietermaritzburg, 3200.
  • Their Physical address:
Correctional Services Eugene Marie Road Napierville Pietermaritburg 3200
    You can contact:
Ms. Rajashree Moodley: (033) 355 7359

LIMPOPO, MPUMALANGA, NORTH WEST REGION
(Polokwane, Barberton, Betha, Klerksdorp, Rooigrond, Rustenburg, Thohoyandou, Witbank)

  • Their Postal address:
The Regional Commissioner Limpopo, Mpumalanga & North West Recruitment Section, P/Bag X142, Pretoria, 0001.
  • Their Physical address:
Proes & Paul Kruger Street 198 Masada Building 09th Floor Pretoria 0001
    You can contact:
Mr. Eddie Nhlengethwa: (012) 3062025

WESTERN CAPE REGION 
(Drakentstein, Allandale, Brandvlei, Pollsmoor, Goodwood, Southern Cape, West Coast, Voorberg, Overberg)

  • Their Postal address:
The Regional Commissioner Western Cape, Recruitment Section, P/Bag X1, Edgemead, 7407.
  • Their Physical address:
Breede River Street Monte Vista
    You can contact:
Mr. F. Ngcanga (021) 550 6078

HEAD OFFICE
(Head Office Security, Zonderwater College Security, and Kroonstad College Security)

  • Their Postal address:
Private Bag X136 Pretoria 0001
  • Their Physical address:
124 WF Nkomo Street Poyntons Building Pretoria 0001
    You can contact:
Ms. Rose Sekotlong (012) 305 8591

2. SASSETA Learnerships

All candidates that are interested in one of their learnerships must apply within their current Province. The SASSETA Learnership can consist of 12 or 24 months. Their learnership offers a lot of different fields candidates can have a look at if they found their desired career path. Their learnership consists of field training, as well as a study training period.

The following is a list of fields the SASSETA offers to successful candidates:

  • Administration
  • Forensic Science
  • Defense
  • Policing
  • Disciplinary action
  • Justice
  • Criminology
  • National Intelligence
  • Investigating
  • Legal
  • Private Security
  • Criminal Transportation
  • Correctional Services
  • Witness Support
  • Investigation

All interested candidates that would like to know more can visit the SASSETA online website. Candidates can click here for a learnership program. All qualifying candidates have to download the agreement form for the learnership. Their learnership includes an amount of pay every month for as long as what the learnership period is.

Prison Warders

Prison warders make sure that all the inmates receive the same treatment, and they make sure that the inmates have access to study. Prison warders also make sure that all the dealings agree with the prison regulations. In South Africa every year, the DCS gives prison warder learnerships to qualifying candidates that are interested.

Prison warders help supervise all inmate’s relaxation activities, education, and work. Prison warders always keep an eye on events and react to create a safe environment for everyone. Prison warders also monitor all records, staff performance, and other office duties.

Prison Warder Studies Fields:

  • self defense
  • firearm
  • physical training

Part-time study:

  • BTech and N.Dip. Correctional Services Management – UNISA.
  • An N.Dip. in Policing is offered at VUT, BTech and MTech at UNISA

Full-time study:

  • BA in Correctional Services Management at UZ.

Other useful qualifications at various universities:

  • BPharm, BSc (Computer Science)
  • BA Social Work
  • Masters degree in Psychology
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • N.Dip. Agriculture and N.Dip.
  • Food Service Management.

College degree in:

  • law enforcement
  • corrections
  • business management
  • sociology
  • justice administration
  • English
  • criminal justice
  • Jail Administrator
  • Corrections Warden

Universities offering Prison Warder Studies Learner ships study fields are:

  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • University of Technology
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Kwa Zulu Natal University
  • University of Cape Town
  • Johannesburg University
  • Rhodes University
  • University of Pretoria
  • North-West University

There are a lot of different career paths in this line of work. Here are some industries you should consider if you would like to study in this field:

  • Courts
  • Corrections Service
  • Police
  • Jails

Career path and progression

With the training, as well as the experience of this field you can help with specialist projects, like helping work with a chosen group of inmates and their families. You could become a governor, deputy governor, head of function, custodial manager, or a supervising officer with additional study.

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