The National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) is the LGA’s flagship national graduate programme for local government. For over 20 years, the NGDP has been offering a unique opportunity to place high quality graduates in councils, helping them to meet strategic goals and build a pipeline of future talent.
Councils can currently sign up to the NGDP for Cohort 26 until Thursday 29 February 2024.
If your council is thinking about taking part in the NGDP or you have any questions please get in touch with the team.
What is the NGDP?
- The NGDP is a two year graduate development programme.
- Graduates are employed by councils and complete a minimum of three placements to develop skills across a variety of services.
- Alongside their employment, graduates undertake a prestigious learning and development offer provided by the LGA.
Find out about the City of Wolverhampton's experience as an NGDP partner council in our video:
Benefits for councils
- The NGDP gives councils the opportunity to build capacity and to nurture and develop their own talent, while providing an opportunity for talented graduates to fast track their local government career.
- Through a highly competitive process, which attracted over 4,500 applications last year, the programme matches bright, passionate graduates with councils across the country.
- At a time when local government is facing significant challenges, attracting the best talent to the sector has never been more important. As a Times Top 100 graduate employer, the NGDP is ensuring local government continues to be seen as a positive, relevant and vibrant choice for the best graduate talent.
NGDP success story: Mike Greene, Chief Executive at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Mike Greene, now Chief Executive at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, spoke to the LGA about his experience since his time on the National Graduates Development Programme (NGDP). Mike joined the NGDP as part of cohort 9 in 2007. During his time on the NGDP Mike worked at Bury Metropolitan Borough Council. He secured a role at the council after the programme, working on urban strategy and transformation. He then progressed to Head of Service roles in Kirklees, Tees Valley, Redcar and Cleveland councils. Mike became Chief Executive of Scarborough Borough Council in 2019 and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council in 2022.
Why would you encourage chief executives to sign up their councils to the NGDP?
“This programme helps to invest, shape and provide the leaders of the future. It is a sustainable way to support training graduates from within the sector for the sector.”