National Graduate Development programme

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Harrow Council
Contract type
Start date
Autumn 2020
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FAST TRACK YOUR CAREER IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT- the National Graduate Development programme

Harrow Council is launching its fast track development programme for graduates looking to develop their career in local government. Harrow’s scheme is part of a national programme run by the Local Government Association. We are looking for a small number of graduates to join the scheme in Autumn 2020.

The scheme provides an opportunity for graduates to work across the Council, gaining experience in three separate placements. The scheme is open to existing staff as well as graduates who live or work in the borough.

What’s involved?

It’s a fast track development programme for graduates looking to develop their career in local government. The scheme provides an opportunity to work across the Council, gaining experience in a number of different aspects of the Council’s work.

Its supported by a national graduate development programme providing the opportunity to learn and network with other graduates across the country. And at the end, if successful, you’ll achieve a local government-specific leadership and management qualification.

The ngdp is highly regarded by councils, graduates and the wider sector, ranked in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers and Guardian UK 300. It has a wide alumni network working at senior levels across the public sector, having provided a pipeline of consistently high calibre trainees to over 150 authorities through twenty one cohorts.

Graduate trainees will rotate between at least three different work placements at the Council, giving them a chance to explore different topics and types of careers. Each placement adds value to the local community and enhances the management capacity and capability of the trainee. Placements completed by trainees in other councils include:

  • Reviewing the Council’s partnership strategy to provide the best services for vulnerable adults

Boshra, in London

  • Improving housing design standards to increase the amount of available and accessible housing

Mitchell, in Doncaster

  • Working as the region’s Anti-Slavery Partnership co-ordinator, taking action on human trafficking

Maria, in Gloucestershire

The learning and development programme is currently delivered through residential

modules, distance learning, networking and a variety of regional events. Our trainees are expected to work towards a qualification in leadership and management by the conclusion of the programme. Content will include:

  • models of leadership development
  • financial management training
  • procurement and commissioning in local authorities
  • project and people management
  • community engagement
  • how to work in a political context
  • how to deliver results
  • developing self.

Want to know more?

We will be running a briefing session on Wednesday 11th December (9.30 – 11.00) – please confirm your interest in attending to

Who can apply?

The scheme is targeted at graduates who live or work in the borough – you might already be employed by the Council, but we also want to encourage other graduates to apply too. It’s a two-year programme and if you don’t already work for us, you can expect a two-year fixed term contract and a starting salary of over £25,000 that can be subject to annual increases. You’ll also receive a generous holiday entitlement, pension scheme and the opportunity to work flexibly to enhance your work/life balance.

And if you work for us already, joining the scheme will provide you with unrivalled development opportunities whilst still working for the Council under your current terms and conditions (unless less favourable).

How to apply:

The application process is a stretching one, as you would expect. It has been designed to measure your fit with the ngdp’s key skills and behaviours. The entry requirements are:

  • You must have obtained a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 under graduate degree by the end of July 2020. This degree can be in any discipline and it does not matter how many years ago you graduated.
  • If your degree was not obtained in the UK, it must be the equivalent of a UK degree and meet our minimum grade.
  • You have the right to work in the UK without the need for a certificate of sponsorship. We are unable to apply for certificates of sponsorship for any graduate.
  • And you must meet one of these criteria:
    • You grew up, went to school in and/or still have close family living in Harrow
    • Have lived or worked Harrow for 4+ years NOT for the purpose of University
    • Have lived in Harrow for 4+ years since University

We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the equal opportunities monitoring section in the application. We are actively committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all applicants and to providing employees with a work environment free from discrimination and harassment.



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