LG Challenge application

If you think that you have what it takes to take the next step in your leadership development journey, then we encourage you to apply!

LG Challenge contestants stood together


Applications for our 2020 intake are now closed. Applications for our 2021 intake will open in summer 2020.

What's required of you?

To apply for LG Challenge, all you have to do is complete our online application form and send us a two minute video outlining something you are passionate about.

Before applying, we strongly advise you to read through our terms and conditions as you will be asked to confirm your acceptance of them prior to submission.

Application assessment

We encourage applications from council officers of all levels. Your application is not marked on your experience. Instead, the LG Challenge application process has been designed to measure candidates against a set of criteria which are outlined below:

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

All applications will be assessed by our panel of LGA staff.

Application timeline

Applications open – Summer 2020

Applications close – October 2020

Shortlisting and final decision – November 2020

Final 10 contestants announced – November 2020

Encouraging diverse leadership

LG Challenge seeks to bring together a team of diverse contestants as we believe that local authorities have a duty to reflect the diverse communities that they serve, in order to effectively tackle complex local problems. We are therefore looking for people who demonstrate their motivation for a career in the public sector, regardless of background.