Local Recruitment for the ngdp (Southend Borough Council)
Graduate scheme

Vacancy Reference: 001816

Location: Graduate scheme

Closing Date: 07/01/2020

Salary: £25,801

Employment Type: Graduate Programme

Department: Graduate Scheme

Hours Per week: 35

Southend Borough Council Graduate Management Trainee Programme

Southend-On-Sea Borough Council are proud to once again be participating in the National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) in order to find and develop the next generation of local government leaders. The programme offers graduates a unique opportunity to work across a multitude of local government departments leading projects that will have an impact on local residents’ everyday lives.

About the role

Working Pattern: Full time, 2 year fixed term contract starting October 2020

Hours: 37 per week Salary: £25,801 per annum

Across the two years you will work in at least three different placements across the council giving you exposure to a range of different projects, all of which will engage you in work that is vital to delivering the council’s key priorities and contributing towards the Southend 2050 ambition. As part of these placements you will have the opportunity to help tackle some of society’s biggest challenges from social housing and education to social care and the environment. As part of your placements you will also have a unique chance to work alongside the council’s Chief Executive, thus gaining an insight into what it is like to work at the highest levels of local government.

Across the two years we aim to help you develop to become an effective change agent in the Council, and want to help you realise your leadership potential in a challenging and rapidly changing sector.

Whilst on the programme you will also take part in the NGDP’s leadership development course whereby, upon the completion of a series of regional meetings, online tutorials and course assignments, you will be accredited an ILM Level 7 Certificate in Leadership and Management.

“During my time on the scheme I was able to work across a range of interesting high level projects, such as culture & tourism, commissioning and transformation. Since the end of my time on the scheme I have continued to work across various roles at Southend Council and I am now in my first full time management position. I have always felt valued and supported in Southend to look for opportunities to build my career.”

Southend NGDP Graduate 2017

 About you

We are looking to recruit graduates from different backgrounds, universities, and degree disciplines in order to reflect the diverse community that we serve. Successful candidates will demonstrate a real passion for a career in local government and the borough, whilst also demonstrating their competency of the NGDP’s key skills and behaviours throughout a multi-stage application process.

Who can apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • Have obtained a 2:2 undergraduate degree or higher by end of July 2020
  • Live, work or study within the boundary of Southend-On-Sea Borough Council
  • Have the right to work in the UK without employer sponsorship

Why should I apply?

  • This is the only dedicated programme that enables you to fast-track your career in local government leadership.

  • The NGDP is a highly prestigious scheme – Ranked as one of The Times top 100 graduate employers.
  • A chance to constantly influence senior decision making across a variety of departments.
  • The scheme is highly valued by Southend’s chief executive Alison Griffin, who offers all graduates an opportunity to work alongside her as part of their programme.
  • Candidates will become part of a national cohort of over 120 graduates, with access to the NGDP’s networks, development plan, and national events.
  • Respected ILM Level 7 Certificate in Leadership and Management upon completion.

Applications will close at 12pm on 07/01/2020.


Please read before applying

The Local Government Association’s (LGA) ngdp support team are hosting the application link for Southend-On-Sea Borough council’s local campaign for the national graduate development programme (ngdp). The ngdp support team will invite successful candidates to each stage of the ngdp recruitment process including online tests, video link and assessment centres and will refer those that are successful at stage 3 for an interview with the council.

The LGA and Southend-On-Sea Borough council will review your application in partnership, and the Southend-On-Sea will be responsible for shortlisting your application against their set criteria for local candidates, whilst the LGA ensure that you have met the boundaries for the ngdp test & assessments during the recruitment process.

Your local application will progress in the same timeframe as the ngdp’s national campaign and you will be assessed alongside candidates that have applied to the national campaign. The LGA’s ngdp support team facilitates the assessment of all nominated local candidates in line with national candidates to ensure they meet the same standard. Successful candidates will become part of the national cohort with access to ngdp learning and development, networks and knowledge events, but will be exclusively interviewed by their chosen council if they are a successful local candidate following assessment centres.


For more detail on the application process or to find further information please go to:


TO APPLY please click 'Apply for Vacancy' below. 

Or to discuss the opportunity further contact:

Helen Brand, HR Resourcing Advisor HelenBrand@southend.gov.uk

Ria Hart, Assistant HR Resourcing Advisor RiaHart@southend.gov.uk


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