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Getting in

Have you dreamed about being the next prime minister? Or being on the local council trying to make a difference to local people and communities?

Do you fancy working for the civil service, with a chance to work in any country across the world?

If so then a career in government could be for you!

Key facts

  • West Somerset has the smallest local council by population with 34,222 people.
  • In some areas of England, local government is divided between a county council (upper tier) and a district council (lower tier), which are responsible for different services. In other areas, there is a single unitary authority instead.
  • Local government is collectively one of the largest employers in England, employing 1 million full time equivalent staff.

Routes into this sector

There are various types of qualifications available at different levels.

There are jobs in this sector where you can start with few qualifications and receive training on the job through an apprenticeship and others such as the fast track civil service scheme which requires a degree.

Use the Course Search

Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.

More help finding courses and training

Do a free, short, online courses to find out more (looks great on your CV too!)

Future Learn have lots of free, short, online courses that will improve your knowledge of this job sector and improve your chances of landing your dream job. Check out the available courses related to government.  

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