Our graduate programme


We recruit graduates to a National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP), run in conjunction with 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.

Hear from some of our graduates and why they chose Brent

Local graduates

Local Graduate Scheme

If you live in Brent and want to join our graduate development programme, you can apply directly to us through our Local Graduate Scheme.

We want to recruit local candidates who live in Brent, enriching our talent pool for the future. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

This scheme follows the National Graduate Development Programme assessment and selection processes. Both local graduates and those selected through the national graduate campaign, pursue the same course of academic study and post graduate qualification.

The scheme is now closed. 

About the scheme


Graduates are employed on a 36 hour week contract and complete four placements over the two years in front line, operational and strategic roles.

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

The salary of each graduate is Scale 6, £25,242 increasing to £26,805.


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 and a mentor.

Rewards and benefits

As a Brent employee, you can take advantage of discounts on gym memberships and fitness classes as well as participate in a range of social activities that will keep you happy and healthy.

Graduates are entitled to 26 days leave, plus public and bank holidays. You will also automatically be a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme.