How to become a local government officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
  • a graduate training scheme

University

You may need to do a degree or a job-specific qualification in a subject like town planning, urban design or historic building conservation, for example for a conservation officer post.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through a public service operational delivery officer advanced apprenticeship. 

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Work

You could start in local government as an administrative assistant and work your way up to more senior positions through training on the job. Experience in office work would be useful.

Direct Application

You can apply for jobs directly if you've got the right skills and experience from previous work. Some local authorities may ask for at least 4 GCSEs, A levels or equivalent qualifications, depending on the vacancy.

For certain jobs, you may need a degree or specific professional qualification in an area like town planning or public policy.

Knowledge of common office software packages and experience in working in customer service are also valued by employers and could help your career prospects.

Other Routes

You may be able to join a local authority's National Graduate Development Programme if you've got a first class or upper second class degree. Most subjects are acceptable.

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Career tips

You may be able to get into this job through an internship.

Further information

You'll find more details about working in local government through the Local Government Association.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • administration skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • business management skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Depending on your level of responsibility, your day-to-day duties may include:

  • managing and evaluating projects
  • writing reports and briefing papers
  • dealing with enquiries and giving advice
  • presenting information at meetings
  • supervising administrative work and managing clerical staff
  • keeping records
  • preparing and managing contracts
  • dealing with other agencies
  • managing budgets and funding

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress into management. 

You could also move into other public sector areas like the NHS or the voluntary sector.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

A2/AO, Public Service Operational Delivery Apprenticeship, Level 3

  • Wage: £20,467.00 Annually
  • Location: Chatham

Courses In England

Business Administration

  • Provider: RWP TRAINING LIMITED
  • Start date: 01 June 2021
  • Location:

Diploma Level 3 BA

  • Provider: VOCATIONAL TRAINING SERVICES CARE SECTOR LIMITED
  • Start date: 01 October 2020
  • Location:

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