Working at TVBC

We pride ourselves on our open and friendly culture and offer a professional, positive and stable working environment. With an annual turnover of £94 million, the Council is a busy and dynamic local authority. It employs more than 500 staff and we all work as a team to promote our corporate values: accountability; ambition; empowerment; integrity and inclusiveness. We are also passionate about local democracy and work closely with our 48 councillors to support and make a real difference to our local communities and businesses.

Our people work in a diverse range of roles in our busy offices or outdoors in the beautiful Test Valley countryside so whatever their role with the Council, we want them to enjoy a rewarding career with us.

We are committed to providing equality of opportunities for all and believe that employing people from different backgrounds, with a range of perspectives and experiences, helps us to deliver high quality services to residents.  We employ people based on their abilities and potential regardless of gender, ethnic or national origin, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, or pregnancy, maternity or paternity status.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer who positively encourages applications from disabled people. If, as a disabled person, you meet the minimum criteria for a job then you will be guaranteed an interview and we will ensure any reasonable adjustments are made to the interview process so that you can be fairly assessed for the vacancy. 

The Council is a great place to work, where the variety of responsibilities and challenges means that every day is different.  We pride ourselves on being a supportive organisation which is committed to investing in our employees to help them develop skills and grow their careers.  In practice this means that:

  • Learning starts with a comprehensive induction when people join the Council, and is planned with every individual on an annual basis;
  • Mandatory training is delivered and monitored on an on-going basis to ensure everyone has the up-to-date knowledge they need to do their job;
  • Development opportunities are offered in a range of ways including e-learning, work shadowing, on-job training, course attendance, trying new tasks, secondments, project work, and time/financial support to achieve professional qualifications;
  • Some posts are “career-graded” to give jobholders the opportunity to develop through the role as they build their skills, knowledge and experience;
  • A range of leadership development and management training is provided to those in line management roles to ensure a consistent approach to the way teams are led across the Council;
  • We are constantly developing our coaching culture, with all managers trained as coaches and encouraged to use a coaching style in their daily interactions;
  • Apprenticeships are encouraged, both for the development of existing staff, and to encourage recruits who can be trained through an apprentice standard;
  • Continuous Professional Development is supported with time off to attend courses and seminars, and through the recording of time spent by individuals undertaking e-learning activities.