National Graduate Development Programme
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The ngdp provides a unique development opportunity for high calibre graduates wishing to pursue a career with a dynamic, exciting and socially responsible employer and to be a future leader in local government. The ngdp provides a rich experience based around placements that will engage you in work that is core to the council’s priorities within their local communities.
Key components are a national induction event starting you on your career journey, a series of generic placements and projects within a host local authority, a learning and development programme with national and locally delivered elements, and support from a dedicated placement co-ordinator, mentors, managers and a national network of ngdp trainees and alumni.
Over the two year programme you’ll participate in a range of work placements and projects across the local authority. These will be based within a strategic or corporate function, a ‘front-line’, customer-facing, service delivery area, and a ‘support’ service such as human resources, finance, information communications technology, legal services etc.
- Public Sector
- About us
- No. of employees 1.2 million people work in Local Government
- We are looking for 2.1 in any discipline or Merit at Masters level
- Locations Nationwide
- Salary & benefits
- £22,958 (plus London weighting, if applicable)
- Application procedure
- Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deadline: January 2013
- Discover more
- Visit our website
Local government is the largest and most diverse employer in the UK and is responsible for a wide range of services which support people and communities. It offers excellent career opportunities within a socially responsible work environment.
FAQs If you have any other queries regarding your application, please email email@example.com
Q: I understand this is a two–year development programme, what happens after the end of the two years?
A: We hope that your capability and development will ensure that the participating local authority will want you to stay on in an appropriate role at the end of the programme, but this may be subject to suitable vacancies being available at that time. We would expect you to begin to formulate your career aspirations during year two and to do this you may want to use your expanding network you have created throughout your time on the programme.
Q: I am disabled, can I still apply?
A: Of course. If you have any special needs or are having difficulty applying because of a disability, we will take your details and pass them onto one of the members of the graduate recruitment team. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. They will be able to discuss your needs in more detail but rest assured this will in no way affect your application.
Q: Is there a particular type of person that is recruited onto the programme?
A: The ngdp likes to recruit graduates from all different backgrounds, universities and degree disciplines; our aim is to reflect the diverse communities that we serve. We are looking for people who are motivated to work in local government and who have the right attitudes and values.
Q: I graduated quite a few years ago, can I still apply?
A: Yes, the ngdp has no limit between when you may have graduated and when you submit your application.
Q: Do you pay relocation expenses?
A: It will depend on the benefits package offered by individual authorities – some do and some don’t.
Q: Where will I be based?
A: There are over 350 authorities in England and Wales and every one is eligible to apply to the programme. Not all local authorities participate each year. We will expect you to be flexible about where you will work however we will try and take into account any special circumstances, wherever possible.
Career Q&A Tuesday 2012-11-06 11:00
with Ami Beeton - Adviser, Leadership & Localism
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