Public services

Public services are often things we take for granted, but couldn't cope without – education, fire services, waste management, social services, healthcare, police and all those other things. People who work in public services go home at the end of the week with more than just a paycheque. They know their work helps other people and makes our society a better place.

Apprenticeships in this sector could also lead you into very different careers including youth work, classroom support, working as a firefighter, and housing the homeless.

In such a large sector, working environments and the skills you need will vary. Technical and scientific knowledge is important in some areas, whereas in other areas your people skills are all-important.

In Great Britain, about one in five workers are currently employed in the public sector. There are job opportunities across the country, and the number of public sector workers tends to be in proportion to the number of people living in the area. Generally speaking, public sector workers have more job security than people employed by private firms.

Useful contacts:

Asset Skills
Sector Skills Council for property, housing, cleaning, facilities management and parking
www.assetskills.org

Skills CFA
Issuing authority for business-related apprenticeships
www.skillscfa.org

Skills for Justice
Sector Skills Council for justice, planning, community safety and legal services
www.skillsforjustice.com

Skills for Security
Sector Skills Council for the security industry
www.skillsforsecurity.org.uk/

Public services are often things we take for granted, but couldn’t cope without – education, fire services, waste management, social services, healthcare, police and all those other things.

People who work in public services go home at the end of the week with more than just a paycheque. They know their work helps other people and makes our society a better place.

Apprenticeships in this sector could also lead you into very different careers including youth work, classroom support, working as a firefighter, and housing the homeless.

In such a large sector, working environments and the skills you need will vary. Technical and scientific knowledge is important in some areas, whereas in other areas your people skills are all-important.

The following apprenticeships are available in this sector

Cleaning & environmental services

This apprenticeship has pathways in Cleaning and Local environmental services. Cleanin...More



Court, tribunal & prosecution operations

This apprenticeship will give a broad understanding of the Civil and Criminal Justice System and a more detailed knowledge of criminal prose...More



Custodial care

Custodial care services play a crucial part in the day-to-day running of the Justice System. Apprentices support prison officer...More



Employment related services

This apprenticeship supports people working to help those seeking employment via welfare to work programmes, recruitment agencies, career gui...More



HM Forces

This apprenticeship offers a work-based learning route into HM Forces. To join you must successfully complete the recruitment p...More



Policing

The justice system employs up to a quarter of a million people in policing and law enforcement. On the Defence Policing pathway...More



Security systems

Skilled engineers who can install and maintain security cameras, intruder and fire alarms and card-access systems are in demand in a world of ...More



Providing security services

Security officers are generally responsible for protecting people and property from injury, loss or damage caused through theft, vandalism, fire...More



Witness care

Witnesses are essential to successful prosecutions but attending court can be very stressful and it is important to make the process as straig...More



Supporting teaching & learning in schools

Learning support staff, such as teaching assistants, play a vital role in classrooms by supporting pupils, parents and colleagues to make sure...More



Community safety

This apprenticeship is designed to train people to advise communities on safety issues. The main focus is on minimising the ris...More



Work-based learning practitioners

HIGHER APPRENTICESHIP The work-based learning industry employs 30,000 people in England, as staff in personnel and training de...More



Operational delivery officer

Operational delivery officers have the vital job of keeping the country running, supporting the needs of the most vulnerable individuals and kee...More



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