What does a local government officer do?
Policy officers could work in a variety of departments and roles, such as planning council services in a policy section, or delivering services in a department such as education or housing.
Day-to-day tasks would vary according to the department and level of responsibility, but 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
- liaising with other agencies
- managing budgets and funding
What do I need to do to become a local government officer?
There is no fixed entry route to become a local government officer. The skills and experience that you need will vary depending on the duties and level of responsibility you have in the job. Some local authorities may ask for at least four GCSEs or equivalent qualifications. Some roles may require a degree or job-specific qualifications, such as town planning, urban design or historic-building conservation, for example for a conservation officer post.
Knowledge of computer office software packages and experience of working in a customer service environment is also valued by employers and could help your career prospects. As part of the application process you could be tested for some of the skills you will need for the job. For example, IT, communication and ability with numbers.
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Where could I be working?
You could be employed in any local-authority department, for example policy and funding, environmental health, housing, education or leisure. Many jobs are fixed-term contracts that depend on the funding available.