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

Vacancy Reference: 001847

Location: Graduate scheme

Closing Date: 07/01/2020

Salary: £28,752

Employment Type: Graduate Programme

Department: Graduate Scheme

Hours Per week: 35

Lambeth 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: 35 per week

Salary: £28,752 per annum

Across the two years you will work in up to four 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 Lambeth Borough Plan. As part of these placements you will have the opportunity to help tackle some of society’s biggest challenges from social care and area regeneration to economic growth and the environment. You will also have a unique chance to work with the council’s senior leadership, 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.

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
  • Have the right to work in the UK without employer sponsorship

Meet one or more of these criteria:

o Grew up, went to school in, and/or still have close family living in the borough;
o Have lived or worked in the borough for 5+ years NOT for the purpose of university;
o Have lived in the borough for 5+ years either BEFORE or AFTER attending university

Why should I apply?

• This is the only dedicated programme that enables you to fast-track your career in local government leadership.
• A chance to constantly influence senior decision making across a variety of departments.
• The scheme is highly valued by Lambeth’s Chief Executive Andrew Travers, the Strategic Directors and Cabinet Members.
• Candidates will become part of a national cohort of over 120 graduates, with access to the NGDP’s networks, development plan and national events.
• A respected ILM Level 7 Certificate in Leadership and Management upon completion.

Applications will close at 9am on Tuesday 7 January 2020.

Interview date: Interviews will be held after April 2020 and a date will be confirmed at a later date.

Please read before applying

The Local Government Association’s (LGA) NGDP support team are hosting the application link for Lambeth 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 Lambeth Borough Council will review your application in partnership, and Lambeth Borough Council 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 and 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.

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TO APPLY please click 'Apply for Vacancy' below.

Or to discuss the opportunity further contact:
Anthony Ristic, Apprenticeships and Pathways Manager, learn@lambeth.gov.uk 


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