Sophie Leer

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Studied: BA History and Politics

I chose the NGDP because I wanted to work on a graduate scheme where I could contribute to some really meaningful work and see the positive impact of this come to life in the local community.

My favourite project I have worked on so far is the Children and Young People Staff Conference. I was able to interact with individuals from across the whole department who I would not have otherwise had a chance to work with, and I learned a great deal about the ways staff are encouraged to develop and innovate to continually ensure best practice.

I see the NGDP developing me through the ILM Level 7 Qualification as well as through the skills I will develop from my day-to-day work in my Council. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of local government through the NGDP training workshops, tutorials and the national events; whilst also challenging myself in different ways through the projects I complete whilst at work.