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

New offer: new talent.

2012 and 2013 have been hugely successful years for ngdp. We have had more councils getting involved and more graduates applying and being successfully placed. In response to councils feedback, 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 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 leave with the same qualification, equivalent experience and 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, please refer to the information pack (below). The pack shares experiences and views of some of the councils and individuals who have been involved in the programme and details how to sign up and what the commitments are.  

ngdp 2014 council information pack (PDF, 20 pages, 4.13 MB large file)

ngdp council participation form

For more information on the ngdp or to register your interest, please contact

Ami Beeton
Telephone: 0207 665 3851

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.

New offer. New talent.

Learn more about the flexible ngdp offer for 2014.


To register your interest, please contact:

Ami Beeton
Advisor, Leadership and Localism
Telephone: 020 7665 3851