"I have had access to high-profile, strategic projects and senior leaders."
Graduate, Selby
"Public services provide essential services to people and impact their lives and that is rewarding in itself."
Midlevel, London
"I undertake dynamic work in a friendly atmosphere that also offers flexible working."
Graduate, Hertfordshire
"I have had a wide range of experiences on my different placements, and have gained so much from them."
Graduate, London
"I am working in a varied and challenging role with a chance to have a positive social impact."
Graduate, London
"I am able to work reasonable hours on a flexi-time basis."
Graduate, London
"The NGDP scheme has given me many opportunities to develop new skills."
"I work with great people giving something back to my community."
Graduate, London
"I feel like a lot of time and attention is given to my learning and development by my managers."
Graduate, London
"There is so much interest among managers in the graduate scheme, and we get a great choice of placements in different services."
Graduate, Chester
"I benefit from a high level of responsibility at work that also allows me to be flexible and fast-track through development."
Graduate, Dacorum


"We get the chance to develop all kinds of skills working across many parts of a multi-faceted organisation at a very challenging period of time for local government."
Graduate, Halifax
"Building connections and experiencing a broad range of areas is the best part for me."
Graduate, Norwich
"We have great support and a lot of encouragement to aim high, and the diversity of the scheme means I have had a really broad experience of Local Government work."
Graduate, London
"For me, the best things about working for local government are the people, the strong work/life balance, the trust placed in me, and the level of training and development offered."
Graduate, Dorking, Surrey
"The best thing for me is the fact that the decisions we make and the work we do can genuinely change lives."
Midlevel, London
"The flexible working environment is certainly a plus, although the best thing for me would be the knowledge that each day, in some small way, we are helping improve the lives of our residents."
Graduate, Chelmsford
"The best thing about working at my council is the level of responsibility you get right from the beginning. The graduates were 'thrown in at the deep end' (with the relevant support) and we have worked on projects directly with the leader and the chief exec."
Graduate, Birmingham
"Having the autonomy and responsibility to make changes and lead on projects and initiatives is a real plus. Also, management invest in your development and offer continual training and challenges."
Entry level, London
"The best thing about being on the National Graduate Development Programme was having the opportunity to undertake placements in a variety of different departments. This was a great way for me to learn and gain experience of lots of different aspects of local government."
Graduate, London
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