Kick start your career in Woking


Thursday, 15 December, 2022

Applications are now open to find the next generation of leaders and managers in local government, as part of Woking Borough Council’s graduate development programme.

Over the past six years, the Council has proudly worked in partnership with the Local Government Association providing employment opportunities to graduates as part of its National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP).

Successful applicants are offered a two-year fixed term contract, completing up to four placements across key areas of business to experience various council operations and projects. In previous years, the Council have offered placements in:

  • planning services: development, planning policy and building control
  • housing: social and private sector housing, homelessness and associated strategies
  • legal services 
  • health, wellbeing and people services
  • marketing communications
  • green infrastructure.

Alongside professional work, graduates on the scheme work towards an accredited Institute of Leadership and Management Level 7 qualification and benefit from participating in a national peer group, joining an established knowledge sharing network.

Cllr Ann-Marie Barker, Leader of Woking Borough Council, said: “The NGDP is an enriching programme that provides career foundations for the next generation of local government leaders and managers. The professional education framework provides an invaluable level of experience and insight into what a future career within local government may hold for these bright sparks.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to work in dynamic and challenging, yet highly rewarding, environment. I would encourage local graduates to consider beginning your professional career with us in local government and achieve your full potential.”

One of Woking Borough Council’s National Management Trainees, Lucy, added: “When I graduated from university, I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do long-term. I worked in the private sector for a short time but I didn’t feel very motivated by the goals, whereas working in local government you feel like what you’re doing really matters.

“I was drawn to the NGDP because of the breadth of experience – the opportunity to try four different job roles without having to apply for each of them! In Woking you get to really feel like part of the community and meet lots of local people whom your work impacts.”

WATCH: Woking Borough Council’s National Graduate Trainee, Oliver, shares his experience on the scheme.

Graduates interested in applying for the scheme should do so before applications close on Wednesday 4 January 2023.

Find out more about the scheme.