CAREERS IN
LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Have you ever wondered what jobs are done in your local
council?

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


 


...local government covers all this and more.

Councils are the largest
employers in their area

(WLGA, 2017)

Over 140,000 people work in
Local Government in Wales
(WLGA, 2017)

Wales’ councils deliver over 700
local services (WLGA, 2017)



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.



More than
10%of the total
Welsh workforce is
directly employed
by councils.
(WLGA, 2017)


 



Local Government
must provide
its services in
Welsh
so Welsh Languages
skills are an
advantage



WHY NOT VOLUNTEER?



Volunteering in local government is a great way to gain work experience and learn new skills.

GETTING IN


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 Courses

You can consider vocational courses relevant to careers in Local Government.

Courses like:

  • Public Services
  • Business Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Science
  • Construction

Many entry level jobs will not require specific subjects.


Search for full-time school and college courses 


Apprenticeships

Local Government apprenticeships are sometimes available.

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Higher Qualifications

You can also study for Higher qualifications

Courses like:

  • Environmental Health BSc (Hons)
  • Public Services Management BA (Hons)
  • Social Work MA
  • Law LLB (Hons)
  • Accounting MSc
  • Civil Engineering HNC to MEng (Hons)

Find a HE Course

 

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The National Graduate Development Programme is a 2 year local government recruitment programme leading to management qualifications.


WHERE COULD YOU WORK


As well as council offices you could work in:

  • Parks
  • Archives
  • Activity Centres
  • Museums



  • Stables
  • Dog pounds
  • Markets
  • Libraries



  • Allotments
  • Kitchens
  • Visitor centres and attractions
  • And many more...


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