National Graduate Development Programme

NGDP is searching for Black graduates 

Local councils are looking for the next generation of managers to lead and deliver projects and services that have tangible, everyday outcomes for people’s lives.
The NGDP is a fast-track graduate programme for bright and passionate individuals who want to make a difference while excelling in their own careers. It offers the chance to work directly with communities, but also to influence policies and plans at a senior level. All while earning a graduate salary and completing a council-specific leadership and management qualification.
All graduates hired through the NGDP’s national recruitment campaign will be paid a minimum salary of £28,371.
The NGDP welcomes graduates from all backgrounds and areas of study. The only requirements are that you have a minimum 2.2 undergraduate degree by July 2024 and that you have the right to work in the UK for the duration of the programme. Unfortunately, the NGDP are not able to sponsor visas. The Graduate visa available from July 2021 and the Youth Mobility Scheme visa do not meet the NGDP’s criteria to cover the full Programme. Therefore, we are not able to accept either of these as proof of the right to work.
Structure of the programme
Graduates who pass the assessment process are matched with a local council in an area of their interest. You will work as an employee of that council on a minimum two-year fixed-term contract. During this time, you will rotate between a minimum of three different placements to gain a wide range of experience and skills. Placements usually cover strategic or corporate functions such as the chief executive’s office, projects relating to frontline services such as social care or housing, and areas such as HR, law, and finance. Often, they combine these work areas around specific projects. Many councils have an open conversation with trainees about their work preferences as the two years progress, guiding what placements you select.
Learning and Development
The NGDP will be offering a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification which has been designed specifically to equip our trainees as leaders within the public sector. Assignments are completed in the workplace, putting theory into practice and opening doors for trainees to explore their own interests.
Council partners
Every year, the NGDP partner with over 100 different local councils across England and in Wales. All local councils are welcome to take part in the NGDP.
Applications close at 12pm on Thursday 4th January 
For inquiries please contact or for an application timeline and further information please click HERE.