Graduate Programmes HR Adviser
Home-Based or London, Office Based

Vacancy Reference: HOLO-003076

Location: Home-Based or London, Office Based

Closing Date: 21/05/2024

Salary: £47,420 (excluding LW) or £51,502 (including LW)

Employment Type: Secondment only, Fixed Term, full-time

Department: Improvement Directorate, LGA

Hours Per Week: 35

Fixed term secondment until end of March 2025

About us

The Local Government Association (LGA) is the national membership body for local authorities. We work on behalf of our member councils to support, promote and improve local government.  

We are a politically led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils to help them deliver local solutions to national problems.  

We also provide councils with the tools and resources to respond to challenges present and emerging, and support improvement across the sector. 

We value diversity and encourage applications from all sections of the community to this high-profile role.

About the role 

We are looking for an experienced HR professional to support across the breadth of our growing graduate programmes offer. The LGA currently runs three graduate programmes – the National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP), NGDP Finance and Pathways to Planning, all with the joint aim of kickstarting meaningful careers in the sector. As the HR Advisor you will play a key role in this as the HR expert, to advise, guide and support the design and delivery of all aspects of these programmes, from recruitment through to graduates leaving the programme. You will be central to helping provide the best experience for individual graduate trainees at a pivotal stage of their career, along with supporting host councils to align with best practice and process. This will include managing HR matters that arise throughout the recruitment and employment process.

About you 

The successful candidate will have a broad range of HR experience and expertise, underpinned by a CIPD qualification and up to date knowledge of best practice and legislation. Ideally, you will have experience in working with and supporting employees at the start of their careers and a strong focus on promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.

We’re looking for someone equally comfortable working as part of a team, advising and supporting colleagues to ensure our processes reflect best practice, and working with autonomy, especially when advising on complex HR matters. The ability to deal sensitively with a broad range of stakeholders is essential.

You must have the right to work in the UK, the LGA are unfortunately unable to offer sponsorship visas. Evidence for the right to work in the UK will be requested at the interview stage. 

To apply

If you would like to be considered for the role, please complete the online form and include a supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria for the role before the closing date. 

            We are specifically assessing candidates against the following criteria:

  • CIPD Level 5 accredited qualification or equivalent
  • Experience of providing HR advice to stakeholders across the full breadth of HR areas including applying experience and judgment to non-standard and complex employee relations cases
  • Excellent interpersonal, influencing and communication skills, with the ability to deal with a range of stakeholders with courtesy, tact and sensitivity in order to deal with issues which are often sensitive and/or confidential.  
  • Experience of applying insights from day to day work to help shape business/organisation strategy.
  • An excellent understanding of current trends and best practice in graduate recruitment and employee experience

Closing Date:        5pm, 21 May 2024
Interview Date:     Thursday, 30 and Friday, 31 May 2024, interviews will be virtual or in-person

At the LGA we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. The LGA are proud to be awarded a “Disability Confident Leader”.  If you are require  an reasonable adjustment, which is a change to the format or conditions of the recruitment process to accommodate any disability-related needs you may have. Please contact us via 

Our benefits

  • LGA annual leave entitlement is 29 days, rising to 31 days after three years’ service and to 33 days after five years’ service, plus all UK public holidays (pro rata for fixed term and part time contracts).*
  • Flexible & agile working – office-based staff are required to work in the LGA’s London office two days per week as a minimum, subject to business need and this may vary significantly between different roles and from week to week.
  • Future development – face-to-face and virtual courses are scheduled in line with developmental goals
  • The LGA offers 24/7 access to a free, confidential employee assistance programme managed by Health Assured. This service is also available for Dependants.
  • Family friendly policies

For more of LGA’s benefits and working with us, please view our webpage

Our values & behaviours 

Our Values and Behaviours are there to give us an understanding of who we are as an organisation and who we want to be. They are a framework to help us understand:

  • how we work with each other 
  • how we work with our members and stakeholders
  • our expectations for ourselves and each other 

Our values are:

Inclusive - We ensure that our work is inclusive of all voices. 

Ambitious - We are ambitious for councils and their communities and are committed to striving for excellence in all that we do to support our colleagues, our membership and the sector to deliver the best possible outcomes.

Collaborative - We bring together the expertise and skills needed, working as one team.


This vacancy is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.