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Bedford council offering local graduates chance to shape future of council

Bedford Borough Council are offering graduates the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to make a difference to the local community, through the National Graduate Development Programme.

The programme offers graduates the chance to access a variety of placements within the council, allowing them to develop skills and knowledge whilst in an environment where they can influence, shape and improve services for residents of the borough.

Successful graduates will also complete a fully funded postgraduate qualification in leadership and management, awarded by the Institute for Leadership and Management. The recruitment period is now open, with two National Management Trainees that live, work or study in Bedford sought out.

The roles are paid on a fixed-term, two-year contract, with the programme beginning in the autumn of 2032 and anyone interested has until the beginning of January to apply.

Laura Church, Chief Executive of Bedford Borough Council, said:

“If you want to work for an organisation that will support you throughout your training, ensure you feel valued and offer a wealth of experience in a variety of assignments and placements, then Bedford Borough Council is the one for you.

“You’ll have the opportunity to learn from the best and have an immediate impact in the area you work in. I started my Local Government career as a trainee and want to support Local Government leaders of the future. As a NGDP graduate, you’ll see how in Local Government we really can make a difference to the daily lives of our residents.”

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, added:

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

“Recent graduates have worked with teams as varied as our communications and planning teams. We’re looking forward to seeing what the next cohort of graduates bring to the council.”

This opportunity will not only benefit the council, with fresh ideas coming in to help improve the standard of services being provided for residents, but will also allow the graduates to enjoy experiences and placements that could set them up for a potential career in local government.

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