Information for councils about ngdp

The ngdp is a development programme for high-calibre graduates wishing to pursue a career in management in local government.

Councils can sign up to take part in the ngdp until 31 March 2020.  Please see the information pack for more information about the benefits of the programme, or contact the ngdp using the details below.

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.

National Graduate Development Programme 2019/20: council information pack

For further information on how you can apply as a council please contact the ngdp team:

ngdp online council participation form