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The Graduate Programme with Kingston

The National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) is a two year graduate management scheme run by the Local Government Association (LGA). 

New applicants

If you're thinking of applying to join the National Graduate Programme with Kingston, you can apply through the Local Government Association (LGA) who are currently recruiting for Autumn 2019's intake (closing date Thursday 3rd January 2019).

To apply, you will need to have a 2.2 undergraduate degree by summer 2019 and be required to provide documentary evidence of your entitlement to work in the UK (in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006). We are unable to apply to sponsor a visa for candidates from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who do not have the right to work in the UK.

To find out more, please visit the LGA's website.

Final stage applicants

If you reach the final stage of your application with the Local Government Association (LGA) you can apply to take up your placement with us. We're looking for two more graduates to join our Graduate Development Programme for September 2019.

Why choose Kingston?

During your two years at Kingston you will:

  • undertake four six-month placements in different service areas
  • work directly with Heads of Departments and senior managers to ensure your placements meet your professional development goals, NGDP learning requirements, as well as the strategic objectives of the Council

You'll also get:

  • learning and developmental opportunities offered by the LGA
  • the option to take up professional training courses in Project Management, Strategic Business Management, Effective Communication for Managers or Leading Change with the Council

Our graduates explain why you should choose to undertake the programme with us:

  • Grace Abel:"Following the completion of the LGA Graduate Programme with Kingston, I secured the post of Senior Policy and Partnership Officer..."
  • Michael Williams: "The support from my placement coordinator at Kingston has been excellent..."
  • Lauren Boyd: "I have also been able to attend  events outside the council, such as an event on service design organised by Nesta and Futuregov.”
  • Isobel Caton Harrison: " the past six months I have greatly increased my confidence in a wide range of areas..."
  • Catharine Kew: “In this placement I have also gotten the opportunity to line manage a member of staff, a key opportunity for me to develop.”
  • Edward Fitter: "I’ve also been given the responsibility of owning the development and project management of a major contract..."
  • Jasmine Taylor: "There is a great network of national management trainees at Kingston"