Public Works warns of Learnership scam

JUNE 18, 2016

The National Department of Public Works has released a statement warning graduates and learners from Grade 10 to 12, who are seeking future employment, about a scam which promises 700 learnerships at the department.

“This fraudulent scheme promises to place the learners in a number of fields including brick-laying, plumbing, carpentry, boiler-making, and tiling,” the statement said.

“The DPW continues to train hundreds of youth in these fields through its Expanded Public Works Programme, but the recruitment which is advertised on the internet through social networks, SMS, and WhatsApp, is the work of fraudsters.”

“The fraudulent recruitment has a link that takes the learnership programme seekers to a so-called Jobs Department website with a big headline that reads “Public Works Learnership programmes”. When one clicks on the application for job, one is linked to a Facebook sign-up page that requests the job seekers to provide personal information such as name and surname, date of birth, and phone or email address.”

“The contact people on the fake recruitment page are listed as Ester Sehlapelo and Linda Kaseke, both of whom do NOT work for the National Department of Public Works. The phone numbers listed on the page do not belong to the Department,” the statement added.

The Department of Public Works added that they don’t advertise jobs or learnership programmes on the internet or social media.

 “We request that everyone interested in applying for jobs or learnerships at the Department to verify the legitimacy of the posts before divulging personal information. This precautionary step will prevent one from being a victim of fraud or compromising one’s security in the future,” the department’s statement added.

“We advise the prospective applicants to go to the nearest offices of the Department of Public Works to verify the authenticity of jobs or learnership programmes with the Human Resources unit or the Human Capital Investment unit. Alternatively, one must log on to the official DPW website on”

Contact The National Department of Public Works directly for any queries regarding learnerships or jobs which have been advertised online.

There are 11 regional offices in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kimberley, Durban, Mthatha, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Polokwane, Mahikeng and Nelspruit.