Why take part?

The NGDP is a flexible programme, making it easy for councils to shape the programme in a way that both meets their needs and provides a brilliant experience for graduates.

Anakha from Westminster (ngdp)


You can read about the benefits of the NGDP using the drop-down menus below. You can also find more information about what the NGDP can do for you in our Council information pack.

Meeting your council's needs

The NGDP is a flexible programme, making it easy for councils to meet their needs and provide a brilliant experience for graduates. The NGDP supports councils to:

  • Access high calibre recruitment at a lower cost, delivering value for money
  • Attract a diversity of candidates to councils 
  • Recruit talented graduates from the local area who might otherwise move away
  • Fill gaps in key parts of the organisation
  • Develop talent within the existing workforce
  • Work collaboratively with partner councils to attract talent
Building capacity

The NGDP helps councils build capacity in their workforce. Being part of the NGDP allows councils to start thinking earlier about longer-term succession planning and future leadership potential.

Growing your own talent is less costly than recruiting higher up in the management structure, and taking on a graduate through the NGDP ensures you will have additional corporate capacity and capability at a senior level.

Amongst our alumni you’ll find assistant chief executives, heads of service and managers of flagship and transformational local government initiatives.

Making recruitment easy for you

As a national scheme, the NGDP promotes local government to the graduate market on behalf of councils in England and Wales. Last year, NGDP attracted applications from around 4,500 graduates.

The LGA runs a rigorous assessment process to ensure that the most high-calibre graduates are then put forward to interview at your council. All applicants must have a minimum of a 2:2 degree and are subject to situational judgement and video assessments before taking part in a bespoke local government assessment centre.

Graduate recruitment can be time-consuming and demanding on council resources. The NGDP gives councils access to a national marketing and recruitment campaign to draw from a large talent pool, reducing costs and helping to identify the most promising future leaders for your council.

Attracting the best

The NGDP recruits graduates from all different backgrounds, universities and degree disciplines. Our aim is to reflect the diverse communities we serve. As a Time Top 100 graduate employer, the NGDP attracts the best talent to the sector with thousands of applications every year.

We market the NGDP at a national level, including extensive engagement at university careers fairs and promotion in national publications. For councils who sign up before candidate applications close (4 January 2023), we will also promote with your local universities and provide additional support to attract graduates specifically interested in your council.

National network

By employing graduates as part of the NGDP programme, your management trainees will be provided with national networking and learning opportunities across sectors and have access to partners such as central government, from the private sector and other local authorities.

This not only enriches the experience for the management trainee, but brings a wealth of best practice and knowledge back to your council.