Have you ever wondered what jobs are done in your local
Local Government provides services needed in your local area.
The range of jobs varies enormously from work in schools to
emergency planning; environmental health to electoral services; animal
welfare to building control; vets to parks; young people to the elderly;
castles to concert venues.
Whether you’re interested in
Councils are the largest
employers in their area
Over 140,000 people work in
Local Government in Wales
Wales’ councils deliver over 700
local services (WLGA, 2017)
WHAT JOBS COULD YOU DO?
Whatever you’re interested in, there’s something for you in Local Government.
THE SKILLS YOU'LL NEED
With such a vast range of jobs within local government the skills you need
will vary for each job.
Some local government jobs will need you to be able to work in a team, whilst
others will need you to work well on your own.
Some of the skills you will need to work in local government include:
- Being helpful and polite;
- Being fair and able to treat people with respect;
- Being able to organise your own work and get things done;
- Understanding the importance of confidentiality;
- IT skills;
- Being able to work in a team;
- Being willing to learn and undertake training;
- Understanding the importance of equal opportunities
- It will also be useful to have some knowledge of the work that councils do.
10%of the total
Welsh workforce is
its services in
so Welsh Languages
skills are an
WHY NOT VOLUNTEER?
Some local government jobs will need professional qualifications; others will need no specific qualifications.
Some vacancies will only be available to people who already work for the council. Working in a temporary job can be a good way of being able to apply for these vacancies.
There are opportunities to work flexibly. You can work part time, term time or on a temporary basis.
Vocational CoursesYou can consider vocational courses relevant to careers in Local Government.
- Public Services
- Business Studies
- Business Administration
Many entry level jobs will not require specific subjects.
Local Government apprenticeships are sometimes available.Search for Apprenticeships Find a course
You can also study for Higher qualifications
- Environmental Health BSc (Hons)
- Public Services Management BA (Hons)
- Social Work MA
- Law LLB (Hons)
- Accounting MSc
- Civil Engineering HNC to MEng (Hons)
WHERE COULD YOU WORK
As well as council offices you could work in:
- Activity Centres
- Dog pounds
- Visitor centres and attractions
- And many more...