National Management Trainee on the National Graduate Development

Warwickshire County Council
Warwickshire County Wide
£28,371 per annum
Closing date
1 Jan 2024

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Position: National Management Trainee on the national graduate development programme (ngdp)


Location: Opportunities available in councils across England including, Warwickshire County Council


Employment Type: Fixed term for 2 years, full-time


Department: Varied placements across Warwickshire County Council – homed in the Corporate Policy Unit

Hours Per week: 37

Salary: £30,296 (SP 16)

Closing date: 12.00 midday, Wednesday 3 January 2024


Interview Date: May / June  2024


The national graduate development programme for local government (ngdp) is recruiting over 150 talented National Management Trainees for its autumn 2023 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 fourth year 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 July 2024. You must have the right to work in the UK for the duration of the 2 year programme. Unfortunately, we are not able to sponsor visas.


For further information about the programme and to apply, please visit


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




As a local authority we take on a wide range of roles, whether we are providing specialist care and support to the most vulnerable in our communities, or championing Warwickshire as a choice for business through our work to promote economic growth and innovation.

Warwickshire is famous the world over as Shakespeare’s county— but that’s only half the story.  We’re also vibrant and modern. One of the fastest growing commercial regions in the UK, we’re home to many leading companies and developing exciting opportunities for everyone who lives and works here. 


We pride ourselves on being an innovative employer that like to encourage new ways of working. Likewise, our ability to make decisions quickly is as important to us as it is to our customers.

We work actively with partner organisations to deliver our core services:

  • Schools and Learning
  • Social Care and Health
  • Community Safety
  • Environment and Planning
  • Leisure and Tourism
  • Roads and Travel


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