National Management Trainee

This 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 Autumn 2025 for Bedford Borough Council.

Closing Date: Midday 4 January 2023

Salary: £28,371 per annum (minimum)

Employment Type: Graduate Programme

Department: Graduate Scheme

Hours Per week: 37

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. You can find more information regarding the LGA’s privacy statement on the application page (follow link below).
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 will have obtained a 2.2 undergraduate degree in any subject by summer 2023
  • 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 from the start of the programme for the full duration of the programme. The NGDP is unable to apply to sponsor a visa for candidates who do not have the right to work in the UK)

You must also:

  • live, work or study in Bedford Borough

The role

Tackle youth unemployment. Fight social isolation. Improve social housing.
The national graduate development programme for local government (NGDP) is recruiting over 170 talented National Management Trainees for its Autumn 2023 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 local residents. As a National Management Trainee, you will be joining as we focus on helping residents tackle the cost of living crisis, deliver key projects and investment into the borough including the Town Deal and work with teams to foster positive relationships with diverse community groups, voluntary and third sector organisations.
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 2023. 

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 communities 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 are 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. 

Further support on the application process can be found here.

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. For further information please visit or contact the NGDP support team at

Meet our National Management Trainees - Online event

Would you like to find out more about joining the National Graduate Development Programme at Bedford Borough Council? If you do, we are offering two 45 minute online drop in sessions through MS Teams.

Join us and meet our National Management Trainees, both past and present to hear about how we run the scheme and the type of placements they have worked on. There will also be time for questions at the end.

If you're unable to attend, you can email any questions you may have to where we will be happy to help.

How to apply

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

You can apply online via the link to the LGA’s landing page. Please ensure you read the information provided very carefully.

Apply online via the LGA

Please note applicants must apply directly to the LGA using the above link.