Local government is the largest employer in England, with 1.2 million employees spread across 350 local authorities. There are over 500 occupational areas, and the work encompasses children and young people, the environment, housing, and community safety.
The National Government Development Programme (NGDP) is a two-year graduate scheme that aims to provide local government with high caliber managers for the future. Successful applicants will complete several placements in key areas of a council, and be exposed to various challenges and responsibilities.
Throughout the programme, graduates will attend various training courses, including residential and classroom. Politicians will sometimes attend the events, giving graduates a real understanding of the issues they’re dealing with and how their work impacts upon the bigger picture.
In addition, all graduates are assigned an independent mentor from a senior leadership team within local government. This mentor will be an objective sounding board, and provide career and development advice throughout the two-year scheme.
The starting salary is around £23,000, and all participants will be given a competitive annual leave entitlement and the option to join a pension scheme. Work-life balance is also notoriously good within government roles.
In England there are 193 district councils in total.