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 addition to the national pool of candidates, you can also now recruit from your local area and from your existing graduate employees. The ngdp team will ensure your candidates meet the national standard by facilitating the assessment process. Successful candidates will gain with the same qualification, enjoy the same equivalent experience and have access to the same national network as nationally recruited trainees.

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.

Councils can now sign up to take part in the ngdp for an autumn 2017 start date.

Find all the information you'll need in the Council information pack

Apply online or fill in the registration form in our council information pack and send it back to us. Registration is open until 31 March 2017.

For further information on how you can apply as a council please contact the ngdp team:

ngdp online council participation form

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

The ngdp website


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 for 2016

Learn more about the flexible ngdp offer.


To register your interest, please contact:

Sadie Duffell
Adviser, Leadership and Localism