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Graduates encouraged to start their careers in local government

Graduates encouraged to start their careers in local government

07 March 2022
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Wokingham Borough Council is encouraging graduates to start their careers in local government by joining the National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP).


The two-year scheme gives graduates the opportunity to grow personally and professionally in a supportive environment through a series of exciting placements across the council. 

Watch the video


Graduates who want to learn more about the NGDP programme are encouraged to watch the council’s ‘Start your NGDP journey at Wokingham’ video which features graduate case study examples and information on the graduate academy.

About the NGDP scheme


The NGDP is the Local Government Association’s flagship management trainee programme that matches passionate graduates to councils where they can work on strategic projects which contribute to the delivery of council’s goals. It is the only national graduate programme designed for local government.


For more than seven years, Wokingham Borough Council has accepted many talented graduates onto the programme and developed a Graduate Academy to nurture, challenge and inspire graduates through real life opportunities on placements where they can make a tangible difference to residents in the community.


Cllr Shahid Younis, executive member for insight and change, said: “Wokingham Borough is a great place to live, learn, work and grow and here at the council, we aim to future-proof local government talent for years to come. Our Graduate Academy has supported graduates to secure full-time roles at Wokingham Borough Council and other local authorities.


“Graduates who have already applied to the NGDP scheme will soon be shortlisting their local councils and we would be thrilled to have you working at Wokingham Borough Council. For residents graduating this year, applications will reopen on the NGDP website in autumn 2022.


“If you are interested in working in the public sector and want to learn new skills and make a real difference, Wokingham Borough Council is the perfect choice for you. We look forward to welcoming you to our Graduate Academy.”


Graduates have worked on various projects within Wokingham Borough Council’s core areas and corporate priorities including adult social care, anti-poverty strategy, behavioural science, climate change policy, Covid-19 response and recovery, data and insight, digital exclusion and the domestic abuse strategy. 

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