Equality and diversity

The ngdp aims to provide a diverse pipeline of talented future leaders for local government and is committed to continuous improvement with respect to Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion.


Councils are looking to recruit graduates who are representative of their communities, coming from a range of backgrounds and life experiences. We believe that the best possible services are delivered by a workforce who can truly connect to a place and its people, which means that everyone is needed; everyone is welcome.

“There’s various networks for staff to attend with lots of inclusive events across the council, and everyone is really celebrated. I think diversity is definitely understood as being a diversity of thought within our council in particular and I really do appreciate that.” Kiran, based in London

Trainees on the ngdp are encouraged to pursue their passions and interests while they are on the programme. You’ll find Jamie’s story, and many more, in our ngdp case studies.

Candidates with disabilities, and those who would benefit from reasonable adjustments such as extra time in the assessment process, are strongly encouraged to contact our team at the very start of the application process for an open, individual and completely confidential conversation. We are proud to say that candidates who make a declaration consistently match or out-perform other candidates in the assessment process. You’ll find some examples of accommodations we can make on our FAQ page. If there are any resources on this site or in our application process which are not accessible to you, please get in touch with ngdp.support@local.gov.uk for an accessible version.

Welfare and wellbeing

Starting the ngdp can involve a lot of exciting changes. You may be settling into a new work environment, meeting colleagues for the first time, familiarising yourself with the sector and relocating to a new area. As with starting any new job this can also bring challenges and there are a number of places where you can get support to enable you to make the most of your experience starting the ngdp and throughout the programme. Councils provide candidates with a wealth of support ranging from buddying programmes to mentors. All of this is overseen by a placement coordinator based in your council who is responsible for overseeing the programme locally and ensuring you’re able to make the most of the ngdp at your council. This can include helping with knowledge about a new area and directing you to general support available from the council, e.g. season ticket loans, employee assistance programmes. Your peers on the programme can also be an excellent source of support during and beyond the programme.   

Download Welfare and wellbeing: ensuring the best for your graduate trainees

ngdp BAME Network

The ngdp BAME network has been set up by graduates from cohort 19 and 20 and is open to all individuals who are currently on the NGDP scheme or have been in the past. The Network serves two purposes. Firstly, this will be a space for graduates on the scheme who identify as BAME to connect, feel supported and seek further opportunities for professional development. Secondly, as a network they would like to promote and support prospective graduates from BAME backgrounds to start thinking about a career in Local Government. In an industry where it is so important for leadership to be reflective of the population it serves, the NGDP Graduate scheme would benefit from an increase in representation of diverse backgrounds.

If you would like to hear more about the network as a whole, the upcoming events they have planned, their sponsor and the various ways you could get involved with the steering group or simply become members, please email ngdpbame@gmail.com for more details. You do not have to identify as BAME to become a member of the network, if you are interested in this area, please feel free to email them for more details also.

ngdp Women’s Network

The ngdp Women’s Network officially opened in February and as of August 2019 has over sixty members!

The purpose of the ngdp Women's Network is to support, empower and provide a professional development platform for all current members of the ngdp and alumni who identify as women or allies of the network (any or no gender). Members include individuals from the current cohorts and alumni members from all over the country.  

The Women’s Network is led by a diverse Steering Group who hold regular meetings and arrange discussions for the whole Network on various topics, such as money, leadership and practical careers advice. The Women’s Network shares a bi-monthly newsletter to all members, featuring updates about the Network, book reviews, podcast recommendations and interviews with inspirational leaders.

We also organise events and activities to encourage members to create valuable connections, share knowledge and advice, and provide peer support and mentoring.

To join, email ngdp.womensnetwork@gmail.com