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This career is just the ticket for those who like being outside.

What does a career as a traffic warden involve? Traffic wardens are responsible for making sure that traffic, motoring and parking laws and regulations are followed.

a traffic warden's work involves monitoring the use parking meters, controlled parking zones and one-way systems, checking for infringements of waiting restrictions and on the loading and unloading of goods, reporting parking offences and issuing fixed penalty notices to offenders.

They also check vehicles are displaying up-to-date motor vehicle licences (tax discs), assist the police in keeping a look-out for stolen vehicles and arrange for vehicles to be clamped, or removed by the police to a parking pound if necessary.

What skills are needed? You should have a positive and friendly attitude, assertiveness and common sense and initiative to cope with unexpected situations. It is also useful to be able to think clearly and react sensibly under pressure, have patience, tact and a sense of humour and a good level of fitness.

What training do you need? In most regions you will not need any particular qualifications, although some employers may ask for GCSEs (A-C) including English. You may have to pass a written test in English and in some areas there may also be a maths test.

You should be in good health and you may have to take a medical examination. You are likely to have an advantage if you have experience of working with the public and coping with difficult situations. You will often have access to training on issues such as handling anti-social behaviour, and coping with aggression.

You will usually receive on-the-job training, under the supervision of an experienced colleague What are the opportunities for career progression? The number of vacancies for traffic wardens is in decline. In many areas, local authorities have taken over responsibility for enforcing traffic, motoring and parking regulations from the police. Local authorities employ civil enforcement officers (previously known as parking attendants) who have similar, but narrower, areas of responsibility.

With experience, you may have the opportunity for promotion to warden supervisor or manager in forces where these roles still exist.

What is the salary? Traffic wardens can earn PS14,000 to PS25,000 a year.

www.policerecruitment.homeoffice.gov.uk ? Metropolitan Police Service: www.met.police.uk/ ? Details for careers information only. Jobs not necessarily available. ? Police Service Recruitment: More information Careers in parking enforcement Sue Kelbrick on a career suited to those with a good sense of humour and plenty of patience
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