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

Vacancy Reference: 001849

Location: Graduate scheme

Closing Date: 07/01/2020

Salary: £25, 295

Employment Type: Graduate Programme

Department: Graduate Scheme

Hours Per week: 37

Opportunity for local candidates to apply to become a National Management Trainee on the national graduate development programme (ngdp) on a fixed term 24 month contract with a flexible start date in September/October 2020 at Bedford Borough Council

Please read before applying

The Local Government Association’s (LGA) ngdp support team are hosting the application link for Bedford 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 Bedford Borough Council will review your application in partnership and the Bedford Borough Council will be responsible for shortlisting your application against the set criteria, 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 national candidates. The ngdp 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 as a successful local candidate.

Bedford has just completed a four-year transformation project to digitalise our services so you will be joining us for the next stage of our journey. As a National Management Trainee, you will be valued by the organisation.

This is what our Chief Executive, Philip Simpkins, has to say about the programme.

  “Bedford Borough Council is committed to the National Graduate Development Programme. If you want to be fully supported through your training, undertake a variety of assignments and placements, then Bedford Borough is the Council for you. We look forward to hearing from you”

For the very first time, Bedford Borough Council are providing an opportunity for local Graduates to apply to become a National Management Trainee on the National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) run by the Local Government Association (LGA).

This unique opportunity is for committed graduates who live, work or study within the local borough to make a positive impact in Bedford.

Graduates will be employed by Bedford Borough Council and work in different departments throughout the programme, where they will be encouraged to challenge, innovate and improve our services.

Read more about the National Graduate Development Programme.


This is a two year programme starting in September or October 2020 until August or September 2022.  During the placement, Graduates will be employed on a fixed-term contract and will work a 37-hour week.

Graduates will rotate between different placements to develop their skills and knowledge alongside studying for a postgraduate-level certificate from the Institute for Leadership and Management (ILM).

Placements will be decided based upon Graduates preferences and the Council’s business needs.  The programme adopts a council-wide approach with placements available across the whole Council.

Our Offer

Bedford Borough Council offers a salary of £25, 295 per annum.


All Graduates will attend a structured induction programme and receive on-going support including the allocation of a consistent line manager, host managers for each of their placements; they will also be assigned a mentor.

In line with NGDP requirements, Graduates will be working consistently with Managers across the Council, on a range of key strategic and important operational projects that will help make Bedford a great place to live and work – Graduates will immediately be able to see how the work they engage in is helping to achieve this.

About You

Bedford Borough Council aims to reflect the diverse community that we serve and supports the NDGP’s goal to recruit Graduates from all different backgrounds, universities and degree disciplines.

Successful Graduates will need to demonstrate their understanding of the NGDP’s key skills and behaviours through a competitive, multi-stage application process. Local Graduates participate in the same process as national Graduates but have the advantage of a guaranteed interview.

For further information please visit https://www.local.gov.uk/national-graduate-development-programme or contact the NGDP support team at ngdp.support@local.gov.uk  

The Requirements

Graduates must meet the following criteria in order to apply to become our local National Management Trainee:

  • Must live, work or study in Bedford Borough
  • Obtained at least a 2:2 (or higher) undergraduate degree in any subject by Summer 2020
  • Have the right to work in the UK without employer sponsorship

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying as a local candidate for Bedford Borough Council and meet the above eligibility criteria, please apply by visiting the apply button below. 

Applications close at midday on Tuesday 7 January 2020.


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