Sign up

To participate in the next cohort and receive graduates in autumn 2020, councils have until 31 March 2020 to sign up by completing the Council Participation Form.


Shona from Sutton (ngdp)

To participate in the next cohort and receive graduates in autumn 2020, councils have until 31 March 2020 to sign up by completing the Council Participation Form. All options are £2,800 but, in order to be flexible of the needs of your councils, there are a number of options available to you, which are as follows

National management trainee (NMT)

Full participation in the ngdp:

  • Promoting local government: we market local government as a premier career choice for graduates across the UK and promote the ngdp roles available in your council.
  • Meeting the standard: we recruit and select the highest calibre graduates for you to interview.
  • Growing capacity: we support each NMT on the programme with a high quality learning and development programme and provide access to national networking and knowledge events..
Shared national management trainee

All the benefits of participating in the full programme but NMT(s) and their placements are shared between councils.

Partnerships and practical arrangements are the responsibility of councils involved. £2,800 per graduate, split between the councils Employment is divided proportionally between participating councils.

Local recruitment for management trainees

Supported recruitment and equal access to the ngdp’s learning and development programme

Your council markets its NMT position(s) to candidates from your local area in the same timeframe as the ngdp’s national campaign. You can shortlist applications if you wish. The ngdp then facilitates the assessment of your nominated local candidates in line with national candidates to ensure they meet the same standard. Successful candidates will become part of the national cohort with access to ngdp learning and development, networks and knowledge events.

Please note that to qualify for this mode of recruitment, you will need to sign up by 11 October 2019.

Grow your own management trainee

Giving qualified graduates you employ access to the ngdp’s learning and development programme.

Your council markets its NMT position(s) to new or existing graduate employee(s) in the same timeframe as the ngdp’s national campaign. You can shortlist applications if you wish. The ngdp then facilitates the assessment of your nominated internal candidates in line with national candidates to ensure they meet the same standard. Successful candidates will become part of the national cohort with access to ngdp learning and development, networks and knowledge events. As each NMT is already your employee, salary remains at your discretion.

Please note that to qualify for this mode of recruitment, you will need to sign up by 7 January 2020.

    Please see the information pack for more information about the programme and what it means for your organisation, or contact the ngdp team by emailing ngdp@local.gov.uk for an informal conversation about the programme.