Graduate jobs

We work in partnership with the Local Government Association (LGA) to provide employment opportunities to graduates as part of its National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP).

About the programme

The programme looks to fast track graduates to be the next generation of managers in local government. If you’re a successful applicant, you will work on issues that matter whilst building a career in the public sector, the largest employer in the UK.

Employed on a two year fixed term contract, you will complete placements across three or four key areas of our organisation which aim to provide you with a broad understanding of local government and hands on experience to develop leadership skills. These areas have previously included:

  • planning services: development, planning policy and building control
  • housing: social and private sector housing, homelessness and associated strategies
  • legal services 
  • health, wellbeing and people services
  • marketing communications
  • green infrastructure.

A compulsory corporate level placement will include either corporate transformation or council-wide projects and change management.

Skills required

We’re looking for people who have the right skills, values and behaviours and can demonstrate their motivation for a career in the local government. These are:

  • working with others
  • persuasive communication
  • planning and organisation
  • drive for achieving results 
  • analysis and problem solving
  • motivation for learning and personal resilience
  • commitment to local government and the wider community
  • leadership potential.

Learning and development

You will work towards an accredited Institute of Leadership and Management Level 7 leadership and management qualification and benefit from being part of a national peer group, joining an established knowledge sharing network. The development programme is delivered online and through residential events alongside other management trainees.

How to apply

The applications process for our September 2023 intake is closed. Our recruitment period for the 2024 programme will start later in 2023.

To apply, you will need to have achieved a 2:2 undergraduate degree by summer 2023 and be eligible to work and remain in the UK. 

Help and support with the application process can be found at NGDP application website

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More information

Visit the National Graduate Development Programme website