Why take part?

The ngdp is a flexible programme, making it easy for councils to shape the programme in a way that both meets their needs and provides a brilliant experience for graduates.


Anakha from Westminster (ngdp)

Meeting your council's needs

The ngdp is a flexible programme, making it easy for councils to shape the programme in a way that both meets their needs and provides a brilliant experience for graduates. We have worked with councils to meet such needs in the following ways:

  • Developing talent within the existing workforce
  • Recruiting talented graduates from the local area who might otherwise move away
  • Filling gaps in key parts of the organisation
  • Being a value for money way to deliver high calibre recruitment
  • Attracting a diversity of candidates to councils 
  • Working collaboratively with partner councils to attract talent
  • Working with fire and transport authorities, as well combined authorities and city regions

Find out more and read case studies from other councils with whom we have worked.

Future proofing

Being part of the ngdp allows councils to start thinking earlier about longer-term succession planning and future leadership potential. Growing your own talent is less costly than recruiting higher up in the management structure, and taking on a graduate through the ngdp ensures you will have additional corporate capacity and capability at a senior level. Amongst our alumni you’ll find assistant chief executives, heads of service and managers of flagship and transformational local government initiatives.

Benefits to your council

By employing graduates as part of the ngdp programme, your management trainees will be provided with national networking and learning opportunities across sectors and have access to partners such as central government, from the private sector and other local authorities. This not only enriches the experience for the management trainee, but brings a wealth of best practice and knowledge back to your council.

Recruiting for you

As a national scheme, the ngdp promotes local government to the graduate market on behalf of councils in England and Wales. Last year, ngdp attracted applications from around 4,500 graduates. The LGA runs a rigorous assessment process to ensure that the most high-calibre graduates are then put forward to interview at your council. All applicants must have a minimum of a 2:2 degree and are subject to numerical, verbal, situational judgement and video assessments before taking part in a bespoke local government assessment centre. Graduate recruitment can be time-consuming and demanding on council resources, and that is why we run a national marketing and recruitment campaign to help identify the most promising future leaders for your council.

Attracting the best

The ngdp recruits graduates from all different backgrounds, universities and degree disciplines; our aim is to reflect the diverse communities that we serve. We will market ngdp at a national level, attending university career events and promoting in national publications. For councils who sign up before candidate applications close (7 January 2020), we will also promote with your local universities and provide additional support to attract graduates specifically interested in your council.