National Graduate Development Programme

Social care, housing, education and the environment are just a fraction of the services local councils are constantly working to improve. They are looking for the next generation of managers to lead critical projects and services that have tangible, everyday outcomes for people's lives.


Tackle youth unemployment. Fight social isolation. Improve social housing.

ngdp gives you two years to influence some of society’s big issues in a challenging environment, completing a post-graduate certificate and experience work across a range of different departments.

Why local government?

Councils are responsible for supporting and developing their local communities. In the midst of rapid change, councils are faced with unprecedented challenges and demands to innovate their strategies in the course of ensuring that local needs are met and the livelihoods of people secured. They are committed to delivering high-quality services to the public; from housing to adult social care, transport and community integration.

But with challenge comes opportunity. Rapid technological advances open up opportunities to develop the sector in ways that we have never seen before. It is an exciting time to be working in local government, tackling complex issues at the heart of your community while developing your own skills for the future.

Maximising career prospects and developing the next generation of leaders

Working on the ngdp will give you the project management and leadership skills to fast track your career in the public sector and beyond. Alumni of our programme are highly employable, and more than two thirds have experienced rapid career progression in recent years.

The scheme attracts driven and passionate people with a shared purpose of contributing positive change in their respective communities. Together, they develop the skills, behaviours and competencies to show leadership in communities across the UK.

Diversity and inclusion

The ngdp is proud of its commitment to diversity. It is pivotal that local councils represent the diverse communities that they serve, in order to ensure effective developments and positive social change within their local areas. The ngdp recruits graduates from all different backgrounds, universities and degree disciplines. As a trainee, you will build a strong network of like-minded peers by meeting and working with other graduates across England.