National Management Trainee

Warwickshire County Wide
£25,991 per annum
27 Sep 2021
04 Jan 2022
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Fixed Term Contract
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About the Role

The national graduate development programme for local government (ngdp) is recruiting over 150 talented National Management Trainees for its autumn 2021 intake. Working with one of over 50 councils across England successful applicants will have two years to influence some of society’s big issues, including social care and housing to education and the environment, while training to be one of local government’s next generation of managers.

Warwickshire County Council are taking part in this exciting programme, for the third year running, by offering up to three places giving you the chance to advance your career while giving back to our community.


Employed on a two year fixed-term contract, trainees 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). 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.

About you

The ngdp likes 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.

Successful applicants will need to demonstrate their understanding of our key skills and behaviours which are as follows:

Working with others

The ability to operate effectively with others that demonstrates an understanding of diversity, political sensitivity, and emotional intelligence. To be able to bring people together in order to achieve the benefits of change meeting customer/stakeholder expectations on time and within cost constraints

Persuasive communication

The ability to communicate persuasively with confidence both orally and in writing demonstrating the ability to influence and appropriately chose the right style of communication to fit the audience.

Planning & organisation

The ability to manage time and prioritise work effectively to achieve objectives and deliver outcomes focusing on the relevant key drivers for change.

Drive for results

The ability to act on own initiative and take responsibility for decisions to achieve results. This is demonstrated with a tenacity to pursue of goals and challenge the status quo to bring about change.

Analysis & problem solving

The ability to identify, analyse and interpret relevant information from a range of sources to solve complex people/community centric problems and develop well-informed solutions.

Motivation for learning & personal resilience

The ability to proactively seek out opportunities for personal learning and development; the mental resilience to cope with change and then combine the two to learn from all experiences and apply knowledge / skills to better effect.

Commitment to local government & the wider community

The ability to understand the needs of a local community in the current policy context and the leadership role local government has through local democracy, community engagement, commissioning, partnerships, and direct interventions

Leadership potential

The ability to demonstrate an understanding of the key aspects of transformational leadership and how this is applied in current context of leading local government through times of unprecedented change

The ngdp runs one national recruitment process each year and helps several councils run local and internal recruitment campaigns. Candidates can apply only once each year to the ngdp.

To apply, candidates will need to have a 2.2 undergraduate degree in any subject by summer 2021 and 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 from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who do not have the right to work in the UK.

For further information about the programme and to apply, please visit also see the Information Brochure below.

Information Brochure

If you would like more information on Warwickshire County Council’s specific offer please contact Dan Nash via

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and is keen to address areas of under representation in its workforce, this is because we really understand the importance of different voices, experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds within our workforce. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. WCC has a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for employees who hold these and other identities. See more.