The ngdp is a development programme for high-calibre graduates wishing to pursue a career in management in local government.

New offer: new talent.

The past few years have been hugely successful years for ngdp. We have had more councils taking part in the scheme, increased application numbers and more graduates being successfully placed in local authorities.

In response to feedback from councils, we are continuing with a more flexible programme that makes it easier for councils to be involved in the programme in the way that suits them.

For example, in addition to the national pool of candidates, you can also now recruit from your local area by running your own recruitment exercises with our support. Whether successful candidates enter the scheme through the local or national routes, they will gain with the same qualification, enjoy the same equivalent experience and have access to the same national network.

In tough times such as these, with budget cuts and the often negative portrayal of local government in the media, attracting the best talent to the sector can be a real challenge. A priority of the ngdp is to ensure local government continues to be seen as a positive, relevant and vibrant choice for the best graduate talent.

For more information on the ngdp or to register your interest, please contact Anna Buttenshaw
Telephone: 020 7187 7386

If you are a graduate and would like more information on the ngdp please see:

The ngdp website or,


In this section:

ngdp in detail

Information on the support available, details of what the modules involve and external monitoring of the ngdp programme.

Why should my council take on ngdp national management trainees?

The benefits for councils joining the ngdp programme.

Recruiting talent - our offer

Learn more about the flexible ngdp offer for 2015.


To register your interest, please contact:

Anna Buttenshaw
Adviser, Leadership and Localism
Telephone: 020 77187 7386