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National Graduate Development Programme for Local Government (ngdp)

About National Graduate Development Programme for Local Government (ngdp)

Reducing homelessness. Protecting the environment. Caring for vulnerable children. Improving education.

The big issues facing our communities today can seem insurmountable at times for individuals who want to make a difference, but all of these issues - and more - are the mainstay of local councils’ work. 

Councils combine the passion and expertise of hundreds and thousands of dedicated public servants, working to improve everyday life for people in their communities: now and for the future. If you want to make a measurable, tangible difference, you couldn’t ask for a better place to start than local government.

The ngdp is local government's fast-track graduate programme, providing you with the opportunity to work directly with communities and influence policies at a senior level: all while earning a graduate salary of at least £25k and completing our fully-funded leadership and management qualification. You will be based in one of our 50+ partner councils on a two-year contract, matched on the basis of your preferences and interview performance. Each of our partners provides their graduate trainees with exciting and fulfilling placement opportunities across a range of work areas, shaped by the needs of the surrounding people and place.

It won’t be easy: the sector is facing incredible challenges in an ever-changing world. But that is why local councils need your enthusiasm, fresh ideas and passion. You will have the support of colleagues who are driven by the same desire to make a difference, and will gain resilience alongside a cohort of 150 fellow graduates based across England and Wales. 

Want the next two years of your life to kick-start a meaningful, successful career in the public sector? 

  • Fast track your professional development. 
  • Earn at least £25,295 a year (plus inner/outer London weighting), employed on a two-year, fixed-term contract. 
  • Build your career in the public sector, the largest employer in the UK. 
  • Work in one of more than 50 different locations across England and Wales. 

Join us to make it happen.

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The facts

Organisation's locations: 
More than 50 locations including London, Cambridge, Cornwall, Doncaster, Sefton, Wolverhampton.
Employer size: 
251 to 500 employees
Number of graduate vacancies per year overall: 

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