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Local government administrative assistant

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Local government administrative assistants provide clerical support in council departments and give information to the public.

Average salary (a year)

£17,500 Starter

to

£24,500 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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How to become a local government administrative assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You could take a college course to learn some of the skills and knowledge needed in this job. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Business Administration
  • Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could do an apprenticeship to get into this job. The exact apprenticeship will depend on your duties. Examples include:

  • intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in business and administration
  • public service operational delivery officer advanced apprenticeship

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You could apply directly to become a local government administrative assistant. Employers may ask for some GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C). An understanding of common office software packages and experience of working in customer service could give you an advantage.

As part of the application process you could be tested for your skills in communication, IT and ability with numbers.

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Further information

The Local Government Association has a guide on working for a local authority and the different careers that are available.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • administration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work on your own
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • answer enquiries by phone, online, in writing or in person
  • look up information on a computer system
  • file, scan and photocopy documents
  • write letters and reports
  • work with databases and spreadsheets
  • deal with cash and payments
  • update computerised and clerical records
  • act as a secretary or personal assistant (PA) to a manager

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to admin officer of office manager, or jobs in other local authority departments.

You could also move into administrative work in other sectors.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Courses In England

Business Administration - Diploma Level 2

  • Provider: SALFORD CITY COLLEGE
  • Start date: 12 September 2022
  • Location: Salford

BTEC Extended Diploma in Business Administration

  • Provider: EAST NORFOLK SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Great Yarmouth

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