Thought about a career in public services?


College News and Communications
Friday, 18 September 2020 10:19

Public Services

Public Services form part of the public sector providing services in the UK, from the emergency services and healthcare, education and social care, to housing and refuse collection.

If you’re looking for more than a 9-5 job and want to make a real difference to society at a local level, a public services qualification is an ideal preparation for a career in the uniformed public services.

Uniformed public services include the police, fire, ambulance, prison services, the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force.

What could I earn?
Pay is often determined by where in the country you live and work, together with the job role.

Police Officer
The average starting salary is £21,000, increasing to £41,500 for senior and experienced officers.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)
The average starting salary is £17,500, increasing to £23,25000 for senior and experienced officers.

Firefighter
The average starting salary is £20,750, increasing to £38,000 for senior and experienced officers.

Prison Officer
The average starting salary is £21,000, increasing to £41,500 for senior and experienced officers.

Royal Marines Officer
The average starting salary is £25,700, increasing to £49,958 for senior and experienced officers.

Army Officer
The average starting salary is £27,273, increasing to £42,009 for senior and experienced officers.

RAF Officer
The average starting salary is £27,273, increasing to £42,009 for senior and experienced officers.

Top reasons to choose a public services career
Making a difference
Arguably one of the top reasons to choose a career in the public services is to make a positive difference to the lives of others. This could be in your local community as a fire or police officer for example, or the country as a whole within the armed forces. Public service employees report feeling that the work they're doing is for the benefit of humankind, not just for commercial profit-making reasons.

Job security and training
Joining the public services sector will likely see you having a secure life-long career. The sector is a large employer and there are great opportunities for extra training. Ideal for those that wish to further develop within their role.

Opportunities
The opportunities within the armed forces for example are vast. Whether you want to join as a mechanic or a medic, communications or cook, there are hundreds of trades to choose from.

Benefits
The public sector generally provides good pension schemes, a range of discounts from gym memberships to eating out.

Why study with South & City College?
Our teaching staff have strong academic and vocational backgrounds in public services. You will learn about a range of subjects such as leadership, health and lifestyle, citizenship, politics and law and have opportunities to go on residential visits to develop team work and leadership skills. The college also invites a range of guest speakers from the Army, Navy and the Police during your studies. You will also be encouraged to stretch yourself and exceed your potential.

Find out more about our Public Services courses.