Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) Welcome Programme

People from Hong Kong and a British National (Overseas) are now  able to apply for a British National (overseas) visa. This is known as a BNO visa which allows them to live, work and study in the UK. This can be for a period of 30 months (which can be extended by a...

LG Apprentice of the Year 2021

Huge congratulations to all the apprentices (over 100) that joined us for the joint partnership Local Government Apprentice of the Year 2021 delivered by South West Councils and the East of England LGA.  The National LGA sponsored the event and prizes were awarded to...

South West Virtual Coaching and Mentoring Conference

  Our popular annual SW Coaching and Mentoring Conference is staying virtual this year over 2 days and we have moved to the Autumn South West Councils invite you to put 6 and 7 October 2021 in your calendars, keep it free for our marvellous virtual coaching and...

Our Website translated to a different language

If you would like to view our website in another  language  please load in Google Chrome and right click on the blue bar at the top of the page and select <translate to English>.  This will open a dialogue box which provides you with the option to choose another...

Policy Officer, SW Strategic Migration Partnership

Up to £31,346 37 hours per weekThis is an opportunity for either a secondment or a fixed term contract supporting the new Honk Kong British Nationals’ programme, until 30 June 2022, with further extension subject to funding availability.   South West Councils is...

End-Point Assessment

  SW Councils is an approved End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) with a focus on effective delivery. We operate in a robust and professional manner, ensuring our customers receive the very best service, delivered at excellent value. Typically, our EPA offer...

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South West Councils

We are a politically led membership organisation bringing people together and supporting organisations to be the best they can serving the people of the South West

Apprenticeship End Point Assessment

Supporting organisations and their apprentices to achieve positive outcomes.

Learning & OD

Supporting the development needs of officers and councillors.

SW Jobs

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HR Support and Consultancy

Advising and supporting on all employment matters.

Networks & meetings

Supporting best practice, information sharing and lobbying for the SW.

Members & Membership

Details on our Members and membership benefits.

Policy & Strategy

supporting and coordinating activity including the SW Strategic Migration Partnership.

Business Support & Customer Services

Supporting administrative, IT, finances for the smooth running of SW Councils and providing services to customers.