For councils

Engage with early careers opportunities and attract new talent to your workforce. 

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There are a number of benefits for considering different early careers opportunities as this can:

  • Support your council in attracting new talent to your workforce
  • Bring extra resources to support with projects
  • Develop skills within your local area
  • Become the employer of choice within your region


The LGA has an extensive support programme for councils to help them develop sustainable apprenticeship programmes that deliver on a council’s strategic objectives.

LGA Apprenticeships Maturity Model

T Levels

T Levels are qualifications for students after GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels. These 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so the content of a T Level meets the needs of industry.

T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on the job’ experience during an Industry Placement of around 45 days (at least 315 hours) spent with an employer.

LGA T Level Support Programme

Graduate routes

The National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) is the LGA’s well-established programme to identify and train the future leaders of local government.

LGA National Graduate Development Programme


Some councils host scholarships which is another avenue of engaging young people and promoting Local Government as a career path.

Work Experience

Some courses offer work experience, which gives the opportunity for students to learn about a job or an area of work. Work Experience hours vary depending on each course and provider. This can be a great way of allowing young people to experience Local Government.

Virtual Work Experience

The LGA has created a virtual work experience programme that can be utilised by councils to engage with students. This is a great way to engage young people with Local Government. 

Supported Internships

This is a structured, work-based study programme for 16 to 24-year-olds with SEND, who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan. The core aim of a supported internship study programme is a substantial work placement, facilitated by the support of an expert job coach.

Further information on Supported Internships can be found on the Department for Education (DfE) website.


A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months.

Further information on Traineeships can be found on the DfE website.