Council Worker – Job Description
Council workers work in pretty much every employment sector.
Common council job areas include: admin; education, social work; teaching; police; IT; caring; library services; refuse collection; housing, policy and tourist information.
As the list above is so diverse, a council worker’s duties will vary greatly. Whatever the position, the job will involve serving the community either directly or indirectly while upholding the council’s standards and ethos.
Most jobs, however, will involve a large amount of interaction with council taxpayers who fund your job, so excellent communication and people skills are a must, as is the ability to work under pressure, an eye for detail and organisation.
Having a genuine commitment to the community you are working in is also important.
Some posts will require formal qualifications – you’ll need a relevant degree to teach or work in IT, for instance. Others will be open to someone with GCSEs and some jobs will require nothing more than a commitment to learn on the job.
Gaining relevant training in an area of council work you’re interested in applying for is always a good idea, as is gaining work experience through volunteering or working on temporary placements.
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A charity offering graduate training and support for the teachers of the future.
A government resource offering access into teaching through a number of funded schemes.
National Association of School Teaching Assistants
An organisation aimed at supporting and promoting the work of Teaching Assistants in the UK.
British Association of Social Workers
A professional association for those employed in social work services in the UK providing support and promoting excellence.
National Youth Agency
An organisation promoting and supporting Youth workers in the UK.
An online magazine resource offering the latest news and information about the UK housing industry.
National Housing Federation
The voice of housing associates in the UK, providing news, education and support resources.
Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information Professionals
A chartered mark for those working in libraries or the information services, offering news and information in addition to training opportunities. They also offer a route into the industry for those without a relevant degree.
School Library Association
An organisation supporting school library networks and their employees.
Environmental Services Association
An organisation aimed at promoting the waste and resource management industry and its workers, with all the latest news and events.
A staff association for police workers across England and Wales.
Scottish Police Federation
The staff association for police workers in Scotland, across all ranks in the service.
Police Federation NI
The staff association for police workers in Northern Ireland, focused on welfare and efficiency.
The voice for caring sector professionals in the UK, offering the latest industry news and support for carers.
A professional body for all those working in the visitor economy in the UK.
Association of National Tourist Office Representatives
A organisation promoting and supporting the work of tourist office employees in the UK and abroad.
A trade union for all public service workers, promoting equality and welfare for its members.
National Association of Councillors
An organisation representing elected Local Government Councillors in the UK, offering support and education for those involved in the sector.