National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) Finance Scheme


The role

The NGDP Finance Graduate Scheme is a specialised stream within the National Graduate Development Program (NGDP) for bright and passionate graduates who want to pursue a career in public finance. It offers a unique development pathway into local government in London for aspiring finance professionals.

The four-year programme is geared towards developing graduates with a passion for finance and communities into future local government and public sector leaders. The scheme helps graduates gain practical work experience while studying for the CIPFA Level 7 Apprenticeship, which includes The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy’s Professional Accountancy Qualification (CIPFA PAQ)- the key qualification for anyone pursuing a career in public finance management.

Working across a participating London council (or relevant public sector organisation), you’ll build up experience in all the important areas of finance, including financial systems, budget preparation and monitoring, payroll, pensions, treasury, internal audit and accounting.

Councils across the country are looking for the next generation of leaders who have the passion and skill to navigate the biggest challenges facing communities, improving everyday life for people in their communities.  If you want to make a tangible difference while gaining a qualification, you couldn’t ask for a better place to start.

About you

The NGDP is passionate about recruiting graduates from all different backgrounds, universities, and degree disciplines. Our aim is to reflect the diverse communities that we serve. We are looking for people who have the right values and attitudes and who can demonstrate their motivation for a career in public sector finance. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary, and additional support is available for under-represented groups during our assessment process, so all candidates have a fair chance of showing us their full potential.

The requirements

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

  • A minimum 2.2 undergraduate degree by August 2024
  • GCSE Maths and English (Level 4 or above) or equivalent.
  • You must have the right to work in the UK for the duration of the four-year programme. Unfortunately, we are not able to sponsor visas.
  • Candidates must have lived in the UK for the last three years.

For more information on eligibility and right to work requirements please visit our website.

Successful applicants will need to demonstrate their understanding of our key skills and behaviours, as well as numerical ability, through a competitive, multi-stage application process.

Please read before applying

As part of the application process, you are required to complete a Situational Judgment Test and a numeracy test. You must complete both assessments in order to submit your application.

The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) presents you with 24 realistic scenarios that someone might experience in a workplace environment, along with multiple ways of responding. The numeracy test assesses your ability to work with numbers and interpret numerical data. It consists of 12 questions aimed at testing your numerical skills. Both tests will appear after you have completed your application question, and you will need to complete both before you can submit your application.

Instructions for the tests:

The SJT and numeracy test are both untimed, and they should be completed in one sitting. You will be taken to the assessment page after completing your application form.

For the SJT you will need to organise each scenario into the order of response, depending on what you are most likely or least likely to do for each of the 24 questions. For the numeracy test you will be presented with multiple-choice questions and must select one correct answer out of four options for each question. 

If you experience any difficulties and require an accessible version of the application and test please contact who will provide this to you.

For further information please visit

Closing date: 12.00pm midday, Wednesday 3 January 2024

Please note: You can only apply for one NGDP programme per year.

This opportunity is closed to applications.