National Graduate Development Programme (ngdp)

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.

Our applications for councils to sign up to take part in the ngdp for an autumn 2017 have now closed.

For more information about the ngdp, you can still refer to our 2016-17 Council Information Pack. Our 2017-18 Council Information Pack will be released in autumn 2017.

For further information on how you can apply as a council please contact the ngdp team: ngdp@local.gov.uk

ngdp online council participation form

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

The ngdp website

Email: ngdp@local.gov.uk