Career building opportunities at the Department of Transport and Public Works

The Department of Transport and Public Works creates opportunities through its skills development, learnership, bursary and training programmes.

Learnerships and skills development programmes

The Department offers opportunities to those interested in careers in the built environment and traffic law.

Expanded Public Works Programme


Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) gives unemployed people a chance to gain skills through temporary work. The Department leads EPWP’s infrastructure sector.

National Youth Service

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National Youth Service (NYS) Programme provides skills and understanding for working in the built environment in various technical trades.

Contractor Development Programme

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Contractor Development Programme is for emerging contractors in the construction industry and aims to develop skills and promote business sustainability.

  • There are three different training courses.


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When qualified, apprentices of the Bellville Mechanical Workshop Apprenticeship Programme can study further toward becoming a mechanical engineering technician or an engineer.

Masakh’iSizwe bursaries

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The Department offers bursaries to students who would like to study towards a degree or higher diploma in the following careers:

  • Property studies
  • Transport economics
  • Transportation engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical and/or electronic engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Construction management
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Quantity surveying
  • Town/City and regional planning
  • Architecture, etc.

Read more on the types of support the bursary programme offers students.

Training opportunities


The Department offers the following traffic law enforcement courses at its Gene Louw Traffic College (GLTC) in Brackenfell, Cape Town.

Read more on how to become a traffic law enforcement official on GLTC’s website.

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