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National Management Trainee vacancy

There is an opportunity for local candidates to apply to become a National Management Trainee on the national graduate development programme (NGDP) on a fixed term contract until August 2024 for Bedford Borough Council.

Closing Date: Midday 5 January 2022
Department: Varied
Hours Per week: 37
Salary: £25,991

Please read before applying

Should you choose to apply to this role please note that your application will be held by the Local Government Association (LGA) who host the National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP). As the employer, we will have access to view essential details that allow us to shortlist against our criteria for local candidates. See the LGA privacy policy for more information.

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.

The requirements

In order to apply for our local position for the chance to be our local National Management Trainee, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must live, work or study in Bedford Borough
  • You will have obtained a 2.2 undergraduate degree in any subject by summer 2022
  • You have the right to work in the UK without employer sponsorship (successful applicants be required to provide documentary evidence of their entitlement to work in the UK (in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006). The NGDP is unable to apply to sponsor a visa for candidates who do not have the right to work in the UK)

The role

Tackle youth unemployment. Fight social isolation. Improve social housing.

The national graduate development programme for local government (NGDP) is recruiting over 120 talented National Management Trainees for its Autumn 2022 intake. Successful applicants will have two years to influence some of society’s big issues, from social care and housing to education and the environment, while training to be one of local government’s next generation of managers. It is the only national graduate programme specifically for local government.

Here at Bedford Borough Council we are committed to getting the best for Bedford Borough. As a National Management Trainee, you will be joining us at an exciting time of change and new leadership as we focus on establishing a new place plan for Bedford Borough, deliver key projects such as the Town Deal and further enhance our strong stakeholder relationships in order to help us to create a shared vision for the future.

We are looking for two candidates from the local area to join us on this journey.

Chief Executive Laura Church, explains further:

“Bedford Borough Council is committed to the National Graduate Development Programme. The Council has recently undergone a number of changes and we are now in a position to focus on the future. If you want to work for an organisation that will support you throughout your training, ensure you feel valued and offer a wealth of experience in a variety of assignments and placements, then Bedford Borough is the Council for you. I started my Local Government career as a trainee and want to support local government leaders of the future. We look forward to hearing from you.”   

Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford Borough, said: “The NGDP is a great programme for people looking to take the next step in their career. At Bedford Borough Council, we’ve invested a lot into making sure that our graduates have the best possible experience and get the most out of their time with the Council.

“Our previous and current graduates have brought a great deal to Bedford Borough Council and have had a real impact on the services they have worked in. We’re looking forward to seeing what the next cohort of graduates bring to the Council.”

Employed on a two year fixed-term contract, trainees 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). This is a varied and prestigious programme which has a high record of success placing graduates in positions of management in local government upon completion of the scheme.

By applying as a local candidate for our local authority, successful applicants who reach the final stage of the recruitment process will be guaranteed an interview with us after April 2022.

About you

We support the NGDP’s goal to recruit graduates from all different backgrounds, universities and degree disciplines; our aim is to reflect the diverse community that we serve. We are looking for people who have the right values and attitudes and who can demonstrate their motivation for a career in the public sector, and who is genuinely interested in the borough.

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

How to apply

Application is online via the Local Government Association and not Bedford Borough Council.

Please ensure you read the information provided very carefully.

Apply online via the LGA

Candidates can apply only once each year to the NGDP and candidates that choose to apply for a local role cannot apply to the national scheme alongside the local application.

Visit National Graduate Development Programme website for further information please visit or contact the NGDP support team at