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Western Cape Government Child and Youth Care Learnership 2023-2024

If you are ever looking to get a start in social work, then this learnership might be for you. The Western Cape government is now accepting applications for its Child and Youth care learnership.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to get into this field of work and grow a career from it.

If you think that this is something from you, then we highly recommend you apply as soon as you can.

Below is a guide we’ve provided on exactly how you can do that and how this learnership works and what it will need from you during the application process.


The Western Cape Government Child and Youth Care Learnership program will not be accepting applications after 18 July 2022.

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Please ensure that your application is in by then along with any requested support documents that the learnership provider will require.

Failure to do so will result in your application being dismissed from the selection process.


This learnership will be held in the Western Cape province.

What is The Western Cape Government?

The Western Cape government is the governing body of the province that consists of 13 different departments that work together.

These departments are in charge of enforcing laws and providing services to Western Cape residents, working within a budget of R77.3 billion for the 2022–2023 fiscal year.

What is This Learnership About?

This learnership offers a permanent position and offers salaries in the following categories:

  • Grade 1: R143 073 – R159 603 per annum, (OSD as prescribed)
  • Grade 2: R169 332 – R190 575 per annum, (OSD as prescribed)

The primary responsibility of a child and youth care worker is to welcome children and teens who have been admitted to the facility.

However, in order to perform this work well, you must take a number of steps, which are listed below:

  • Engagement.
  • Assessment and Action PlanApplication of Recreational and Developmental Programs.
  • Monitoring and assessing educational and recreational programs.
  • Recommendation of expert services (e.g. appointment register, observation book, occurrence book).
  • Increase the facility’s students’ involvement in programs and services related to sports, recreation, the arts, and culture.
  • Always-Ongoing Professional DevelopmentCarry out all necessary clerical and administrative tasks.


This learnership program will require applicants to meet the following criteria to be considered ideal applicants:

Minimum requirements for the position that you should possess are:

  • A Grade 12 qualification (Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification)


  • Grade 1: No experience
  • Grade 2: Minimum of 10 years of appropriate experience in Child and Youth Care Work after having obtained
    the required qualification.


  • A relevant qualification that allows for registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP)
  • Registration with the SACSSP as a registered Child and Youth Care Worker


Knowledge of the following:

  • Developmental programs.
  • Clerical/ Administrative processes and procedures.
  • Rules and procedures of the care center.
  • Planning and organizing skills.
  • Ability to intervene and resolve conflict.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Planning and organizing skills.
  • Conduct him/herself in a respectful manner when dealing with clients.
  • Communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Proven computer literacy.
  • Have the ability to work with children in conflict with the law.

How To Apply

Applications are quite simple. All you need to do is apply on the Western Cape government’s website here.

Contact Details

If you have any questions or concerns related to this learnership program, then you can contact the Western Cape government directly through the following means:

Mr. F. Hendricks at Tel No: (021) 826 6001

Good luck with your application!