NGDP timeline

Stages of the NGDP application process


22 September 2021 – 5 January 2022 (12.00pm)

Start your application by providing us with your eligibility and contact information, then proceed to our online test. You will need to complete one online test by our application deadline: this will examine your response to realistic workplace situations and your understanding of the NGDP’s key skills and behaviours.

February 2022

Candidates will complete a video interview. Guidance will be provided in advance so you can prepare for the questions asked.

March 2022

Every candidate who has passed the video interview stage will be invited to attend a half-day virtual assessment centre. Using exercises designed for the NGDP, our assessment centres will give you a flavour of the NGDP experience so you and our team can decide if it is the right next step in your career.

April 2022

Candidates who pass the assessment process are given several opportunities to interact with the councils offering places as part of the programme. Candidates request interviews at specific councils and in broader geographical regions of interest. Interviews will be arranged by the NGDP team depending on candidates’ preferences and the availability of interview dates and spaces.

June 2022

Candidates attend interviews with councils and if successful, receive offers of employment. Candidates with more than one offer can decide where they want to work. Once an offer has been accepted, the candidate becomes a member of Cohort 24 and their start date with the council will be arranged for Autumn 2022.

Some councils run local recruitment campaigns for their spaces on the NGDP. Find out how to sign up and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Please be aware that you can only apply once to the NGDP each year as local, national and internal campaigns follow the same recruitment process.

Some councils run local recruitment campaigns for their spaces on the NGDP. Find out how to sign up and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Please be aware that you can only apply once to the NGDP each year as local, national and internal campaigns follow the same recruitment process.

If you have any questions about the application process or to apply, go to the NGDP home page, send us a tweet @ngdp_LGA, follow NGDP on LinkedIn, or email ngdp.support@local.gov.uk