The Programme

About the programme

The Council takes pride in identifying graduates who have the potential to become senior managers and leaders within local government over a 10-year period. As part of this commitment the council has joined the National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) run by the Local Government Association (LGA).

The NGDP is a two-year high profile national management trainee programme for high calibre graduates with the potential to become senior managerial leaders in local government within the next ten years.

Graduates will be employed by the council and work in different departments throughout the programme, where you will be encouraged to challenge, innovate and improve our services.

The graduate development programme is a unique opportunity for committed graduates to make a positive impact in Brent and provide experience in a dynamic, exciting and socially responsible council.

Read more about the National Graduate Development Programme.


Graduates are employed on a 36-hour week contract and complete four placements over the two years in front line, and are required to complete placements in corporate, strategic, operational and front-line service areas.

You will also attend three residential events at Warwick University where you will gain a postgraduate ILM (Diploma in Leadership and Management) qualification Level 7.

Placements are decided based on candidates’ preferences and the Council’s business needs. Our programme adopts a council-wide approach with placements available across the whole Council, including with the Chief Executive and Leadership Team. 

The salary of each graduate is Scale 6, £26,745 increasing to £27,717 in the second year on the scheme; and at the third year the salary rises to £35,724.

Our offer

All graduates will attend a structured induction programme and receive on-going support including the allocation of a consistent line manager, host managers for each of their placements; they will also be assigned a mentor who will be a director from the Senior Management Team.

In order to optimise work performance, all graduates are issued with a work laptop and an iPhone on their first day in the office on their first day in the office; and there is a buddy system established to provide informal support to graduates.

We go further, and Brent Council will guarantee graduates (who complete the NGDP satisfactorily) a further 1 year fixed-term contract.

In line with NGDP requirements, we can guarantee that you will be working consistently with senior managers and directors across the Council, on a range of key strategic and important operational projects that will help us make Brent a great place to live and work – you will immediately be able to see how the work you engage in is helping us to achieve this.