Designed to bring 10 diverse contestants together, we encourage everyone from all backgrounds, council service areas, and experience to apply. It is not about your prior experience, but about your leadership potential.

LG challenge contestants socialising


We are proud of the diverse set of contestants who have participated in LG Challenge over the years and you can find out about their stories by visiting our equality and diversity page.

Key skills and competencies

The LG Challenge’s application process has been designed to measure and hone the following key skills and behaviours. These are not conditional on your prior work or life experience, but instead indicate the foundations required to get the most out of the programme and develop throughout.

- innovation & problem solving
- political awareness
- ability to inspire & motivate others
- business acumen
- communication
- working collaboratively

Are you what we're looking for?

We are looking for ambitious council officers who are keen to unlock their leadership potential, take on every challenge with a positive ‘can do’ attitude, and turn feedback into opportunity. Those who are passionate about delivering impactful results to local residents across the country. Potential leaders who are proactive and have an appetite to learn and develop as they move through their careers.

We seek out local government officers who strike a balance of the key skills and behaviours listed in the above competencies, so contestants bring a range of perspectives and can be inspired by and learn from each other.