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Stages of the application process Your application to the ngdp is made up of several components. You must: • complete a personal profile, including education and employment history • answer several questions



• take verbal and numerical reasoning tests. You will also complete our situational judgement test. This test will take you through a series of scenarios based on our trainees’ real life experiences, measuring our key skills and behaviours through your responses. All components should be completed by the closing date for your application to be considered. Successful candidates will complete a video interview. Guidance will be provided in advance so you can prepare for the questions asked.




9 November 2015 11 January 2016

Late January 2016


Every candidate who has passed the video interview stage will be invited to attend a half-day assessment centre. Using exercises designed for the ngdp, our assessment centres will give you a flavour of the ngdp experience so you and our team can decide if it’s the right next step in your career.

Throughout March 2016


Candidates who pass the assessment process are given several opportunities to meet the councils offering places as part of the programme. Candidates request interviews at specific councils and in broader geographical regions of interest. Interviews will be arranged by the ngdp team depending on candidates’ preferences and the availability of interview dates and spaces.

During April and May 2016


Councils make offers of employment to candidates. Based on their interview outcomes, each candidate then decides where they want to work. Once an offer has been accepted, the candidate becomes a member of Cohort 18 and their start date with the council will be arranged for autumn 2016.

June 2016

The dates listed above are a guide; amendments may need to be made due to unforeseen circumstances. Some councils run local recruitment campaigns for their spaces on the ngdp. For more information, see our website and follow us on Twitter: any campaigns will be advertised here. These campaigns will coincide with, or follow, the national recruitment process.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact: L15-377

L15 377 ngdp recruitment timeline  

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