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Impact. The Local Government Graduate Programme

Fast-track your career while making a difference. Join the Impact Local Government Graduate scheme!

The NGDP Finance Graduate Scheme, a specialised stream within the NGDP, offers a four-year programme dedicated to developing future local government and public sector finance leaders.

As a trainee, you will gain hands-on experience in critical financial areas like budgeting, auditing, and accounting while pursuing the prestigious CIPFA Level 7 Apprenticeship (fully funded). This includes the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy's Professional Accountancy Qualification (CIPFA PAQ), a cornerstone for a career in public finance management. 

Your journey in the NGDP Finance Stream is not just about learning; it's about applying your skills to real-world challenges.

Working across diverse finance departments, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of public finance operations. The programme is structured to offer a blend of practical work experience and academic learning, ensuring well-rounded professional development.

You'll be more than a trainee; you're a vital contributor to tackling pressing issues facing our communities. By the end of this program, you'll be well-equipped to step into leadership roles within local government or the broader public sector, empowered by a robust network of professionals and a deep understanding of public finance.

“The most meaningful thing for me about working in local government is that you’re all united by how much you care about the place, and people genuinely want to make a positive difference. You’re not driven by profit, you’re driven by a desire to make things better.”

Katy, based in Yorkshire. 


Starting salaries vary between £27,500 and £35,200 depending on the participating organisation with which you are placed (plus inner/outer London weighting if applicable).

All benefits packages include generous holiday entitlement, flexible working arrangements, and an excellent pension scheme.

 “One of the best things about working in local government is knowing that whatever you do, you’ll have an impact in your local community, whether that is helping a resident solve a problem or developing a policy idea that can make a lasting difference." 

Laura, based in London. 


The NGDP welcomes graduates from all backgrounds and areas of study. Our only requirements are:

  • A minimum 2.2 undergraduate degree by July 2024
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to sponsor visas.

Participating Councils

For the 2024 intake, 22 organisations have signed up to take graduate trainees, with the London Borough of Sutton & Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames sharing a graduate. There are a minimum of 50 trainee places expected for the 2024 cohort.

Participating organisations:

  • City of London Corporation
  • Greater London Authority
  • London Borough of Barnet
  • London Borough of Camden
  • London Borough of Croydon
  • London Borough of Enfield
  • London Borough of Haringey
  • London Borough of Havering
  • London Borough of Hillingdon
  • London Borough of Islington
  • London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • London Borough of Lambeth
  • London Borough of Lewisham
  • London Borough of Redbridge
  • London Borough of Southwark
  • London Borough of Sutton
  • London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • Richmond and Wandsworth Council
  • Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
  • Westminster City Council