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!
- 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.
- GCSEs in English and maths will help get you into this sector. Economics, politics and languages could also be useful.
- At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship or through a vocational qualification.
- At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree-level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.
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
- To find out whether there is an apprenticeship training course related to government that might suit you.
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancies available now related to government, across England (you need a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you. Also, there are other ways to find an apprenticeship explained here.
- To find a vocational course related to government at a college (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find a university level course related to government.
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.