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Successful candidates will be employed on a two-year contract

Are you a graduate who wants to make a difference in your local community and excel in your career? The National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) has opened its recruitment drive for a new cohort. And Bedford Borough Council is looking to hire two graduates who live, work or study in Bedford Borough.

The NGDP enables bright, passionate graduates to complete a fully funded postgraduate qualification in leadership and management, whilst undertaking a number of placements across Council departments in important strategic and operational projects. The successful candidates will be employed on a two year fixed term contract, with a starting salary of £25,295.

Dan Moone, one of the current management trainees with the NGDP at Bedford Borough Council, said:

“The NGDP at Bedford Borough Council is great. You are supported every step of the way and placed in areas that suit your strengths, whilst also helping you to develop new skills. The Council are invested in the scheme and their involvement means they are willing to help at any opportunity.”

To be eligible participants:

  • Must live, work or study in Bedford Borough
  • Will have obtained a 2.2 undergraduate degree in any subject by summer 2021
  • Have the right to work in the UK without employer sponsorship (successful applicants will 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 who do not have the right to work in the UK)

Dave Hodgson, mayor of Bedford Borough, said:

“The NGDP is a great programme for people looking to take the next step in their career. At Bedford Borough Council, we’ve invest a lot into making sure that our graduates have the best possible experience and get the most out of their time with the Council.

“Our previous and current graduates have brought a great deal to Bedford Borough Council and have had a real impact on the services they have worked in. We’re looking forward to seeing what the next cohort of graduates bring to the Council.”

If you are interested, or you know a graduate who may be looking to develop a meaningful, successful career in the public sector you can find out more about this opportunity, the national programme and how to apply on the Local Government Association website. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 5 January 2021.