Archive for May 12, 2011

The National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP)

May 12, 2011

Graduates, apply here

Word reaches us from the ever excellent Ruth Keeling at the LGC that the National Graduate Development Programme is to be dramatically scaled back.

As someone who once went through the programme I thought I’d mark this occasion with a few thoughts about the NGDP’s past and how it might have a future.

The NGDP was established, as I understand it, to provide a route into local government that was attractive to the best graduates. It would give the participants a broad experience of local government and an academic qualification that was both attractive to employers and designed to set them up well for a long career. It was meant to be a competitor to the gold-star quality Civil Service Fast Stream and in that spirit the bolder members of the NGDP team would often remark that they wanted to see a graduate of the scheme as a Local Government Chief Executive within ten years.

Graduates would spend two years working for a single local authority, using doing four six month placements in different teams, whilst also completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management at the prestigious Warwick Business School.

So what went right? (more…)