National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP)

Calling all Hounslow graduates – we need you to help shape the future of public services

Are you a graduate with a passion for making a positive contribution to your local community? Would you like to play a vital role in helping Hounslow to become an outstanding Council serving an outstanding borough? 

We’re inviting all Hounslow based graduates to join the National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) at Hounslow Council. The programme is a two-year graduate management development programme, run by the Local Government Association (LGA). It provides a fantastic opportunity for recent graduates to fast-track their career in local government and learn more about the vital work of public servants.

Our offer

The NGDP is an excellent opportunity for local graduates to make a positive impact in supporting Hounslow. We offer a dynamic, engaging and hands on workplace, centred around our five values:

  • Lead with Heart
  • Pass on the Power
  • Harness the Mix
  • Be a Rock
  • Do New

You will be working in key strategic areas with senior managers, Directors and Councillors as a Management Trainee. We highly value the innovation and enthusiasm of our graduates and your contribution, energy and dedication will play a vital role in the delivery of our One Hounslow transformation programme. Your local knowledge will be instrumental in helping us deliver the best local services for Hounslow.

We offer lots of great development and social opportunities alongside your training. You will have the chance to take get involved in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Networks, including our Young Person’s Network, you will have support from mentors and buddy’s (previous Management Trainee’s) and lots more!

The programme

The NGDP runs for two-years, during this time you will gain experience in a number of different areas across the Council. We aim to partner the interests of our graduates with the Council’s strategic needs to deliver the greatest value to the local community while enhancing your skills and management training. Placements are available across the entire Council, including areas such as Community Solutions, Children’s and Adult Services, Environmental Services and much more.

You will also gain a postgraduate ILM (Diploma in Leadership and Management) qualification Level 7 through your studies, and regular training as well as on the job learning will be available.

Graduates are employed on a 36-hour week, two-year, fixed-term contract and complete four placements over the two years. The salary of each graduate starts at £26,052 increasing to £26,997 in the second year on the scheme.


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