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Job Description

Local Government Officers work in a range of different departments to develop and implement council policies and procedures, departments could include education/skills, finance, health, housing, planning, social work, tourism, transport or leisure and recreation. They will work with councillors, administrators and other departments to assist in the creation, planning and monitoring of policies and procedures.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this role by taking a degree, applying for a graduate training scheme, through an apprenticeship or applying directly 


You could take a degree or HND in subjects such as:

  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Legal studies
  • Politics
  • Social administration
  • Social policy

or you could take a job specific qualification such as:

  • Town planning
  • Urban Design
  • Historic Building Conservation (for a conservation officer post) 

You will usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels or equivalent for a foundation degree or HND
  • 2 to 3 A levels or equivalent for a degree

Course Search

Once you have your degree, you may be able to join a local authority National Graduate Development Programme.  You would need a first class or upper second degree.  Most subjects are acceptable.


You could look for an advanced apprenticeship in public service operational delivery:

You'll usually need:

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

You could apply for this role directly if you have the correct skills and experience.  You will probably need at least 4 GCSEs and A Levels or equivalent depending on the role you are applying for. For certain job you may need a degree or specific qualification in an area such as town planning or public policy.

Required Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A good knowledge of current affairs and relevant policies for the department you are in
  • The confidence to deal with people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Good problem solving abilities
  • Excellent organisational and negotiation skills
  • The ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • Good business management skills

Salary Range

£18,000 to £40,000

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