Putting people at the heart of everything we do

Choosing your first post-degree job isn’t easy. You’ll want challenges, responsibility, opportunities to prove yourself and long-term career options. But you also want it to mean something. At Newham, you can have the best of both worlds. We’re a borough with a directly-elected mayor, who was elected on a platform of putting People at the Heart of Everything We Do. Share those values, bring us your drive and talent, and we’ll help you leave a legacy here.

Use your ambition to shape our borough

“Hello, I’m here to tell you just how great a place Newham is to work. As Chief Executive, I’ve seen first-hand that it’s full of challenges – but also lots of fantastic opportunities.

You’ll have the opportunity to take on a range of roles in local government, where you’ll join teams completely focused and committed to making Newham a great place for everyone.

We’re looking for four National Management Trainees. We want the brightest and the best but, most importantly, we want people with a genuine enthusiasm to join our journey and make Newham a truly great place for everyone. I’m really looking forward to meeting you.”

Althea Loderick

Chief Executive
London Borough of Newham

Experiences that will shape your career

Over your two-year NGDP programme you will rotate through four varied roles. You will tackle strategic and public-facing challenges — whether at our modern Dockside offices or right across the borough — as you build the knowledge, experience and network to progress at speed.

The complete package

At Newham we are focused on your wellbeing as well as your work. We offer attractive staff benefits as well as a competitive salary and contributory pension from day one.

  • Focused support

    Senior management mentors and regular 1-2-1s with our Chief Executive.

  • Career-led training

    Meaningful placements and projects – and training opportunities for additional qualifications.

  • Community of peers

    Close-knit graduate network and helpful, down-to-earth colleagues.

  • Great connections

    The Dockside office is two minutes from Royal Albert DLR and only 24 minutes from Stratford.

  • Vital benefits

    Season ticket loan and discounts on gym membership and shopping.

  • Work/life balance

    23 days’ leave plus bank holidays, remote working and flexi-time.

  • Being a National Management Trainee at Newham

    Over the course of the two-year programme, you will generally complete four placements with a focus on key strategic priorities in areas that reflect your interests. It’s the ideal foundation for your senior public sector career.

    Expect high-profile placements and projects, colleagues generous with their time and advice, and on-the-job development.

  • 1. Applying to Newham

    Now that you are through to the next stage, you can arrange an interview with us through the NGDP team.

    The interview is for us and for you: ensuring the opportunity is the right fit for both. If you are successful and choose to accept our offer, your start date will be around the last week of September (subject to the usual employment checks). You will also be given details of your first 6-month placement and your manager.

  • 2. Induction

    Our induction process will introduce you to the borough, including our broader strategies, ambitions and projects. You will also meet our senior leaders and your first placement’s line manager – plus the colleagues who will be supporting you during your time with us.

  • 3. First placement

    Your first placement will set the tone for the programme. This is real, live work – with colleagues relying on you. By the end of it, you will have built up your confidence and you will begin to see what a career at Newham means, and where it can take you.

    Between what you do in your role and learn through your course, you will have the skills and contacts to continue rapidly developing – even after the two years.

  • 4. Placements 2 & 3

    Throughout the programme, we will keep you up to date with the projects and placements available so you can make the best decision for your future.

    We will also sit down with you and talk through your options for further placements before you finish each assignment.

  • 5. Ongoing training

    The NGDP offers a fully-funded ILM Level 7 in Leadership and Management, purely designed for the public sector.

    Your development is usually a mix of online, workshop and workplace assignment activities – giving you the chance to put theory into practice during the programme.

  • 6. Graduation

    At the end of the two years, you will have a wealth of knowledge from your placements, having gained experience across a number of directorates.

    A permanent position can never be guaranteed, but we can guarantee we will develop you and give you valuable experience. Your two years at Newham will put you in the best possible position to secure a permanent role here, or elsewhere in the public sector.

  • Being a National Management Trainee at Newham
  • Applying to
  • Induction
  • First
  • Placements
    2 & 3
  • Ongoing
  • Graduation

The graduate view

We asked one of our past
trainees their thoughts
on the programme.

Who we’re looking for

This is a management trainee opportunity. So you will need the ambition to lead and to take on challenges. You will be expected to deliver not merely what was agreed, but the very best that can be achieved. You will be supported throughout — by your colleagues, and through learning and career opportunities. However, the focus will be on you to add vision and excellence in every project and role you take on.

  • The ambition and tenacity to make a real difference here.
  • Real commitment to the borough and Newham’s residents.
  • A strong work ethic and willingness to learn and grow.
Are you Newham material?
  • Can you drive change?

    To help one of the UK’s youngest populations, you will need to be full of ideas. You need a forward-thinking nature that inspires people and powers initiatives like our £1.4m expansion of youth services – London’s largest such initiative in over a decade.

  • Could you be a champion for the borough?

    You will struggle to find a Council more passionate about its work. Even during the two-year programme, you will have a tangible impact on the lives of our residents. If that excites you, imagine what you can do over the length of your career.

  • Do you value collaboration?

    Throughout the programme, you will build a network of contacts – in and outside the Council – that will be vital over the coming years. So bring energy and charisma. These are people to bounce ideas off, get advice from, and give you the green light to make things happen.

  • Will you work with HEART?

    The HEART values and behaviours of Honesty, Equality, Ambition, Respect and Together guide our mission of putting People at the Heart of Everything We Do.

The complete package

  • Youthful and diverse

    Our average age is 31.6 (London is 35.1). And we have the fewest people in England and Wales (58.6%) to use English as their first language, though 78.9% speak it well.

  • Culture and Commerce

    The new East Bank area is quickly becoming a leading arts and cultural quarter, welcoming the V&A, Sadler’s Wells, BBC Music Studios and the London College of Fashion — and we continue to develop London’s only enterprise zone, the £8bn Royal Docks.

  • Popular area

    With the iconic Thames Barrier and Olympic Park – home of West Ham United – and the impressive Westfield Stratford, it’s no surprise that Newham will account for 30% of London’s population growth over the next decade.

  • High-achieving

    36% of our schools and colleges are ‘outstanding’ (England averages 20%), and have helped students beat the country average in primary school reading, writing and maths, and in GCSEs.

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East London – and Newham in particular – is booming. But we are also the 12th most deprived borough in the country. So even with our substantial investment into Stratford and Canning Town, and 25,000 new homes planned at Royal Docks, a key issue is housing – especially if we are to welcome 30% of the capital’s population growth over the next 10 years.

Our pioneering Community Wealth Building Strategy aims to address that poverty by ensuring all new investments create a fairer and more prosperous Newham. Not least, the urban regeneration projects – with Shape Newham enhancing 18 public spaces, and our Town Centres Regeneration Strategy using environmental, social, and economic innovation to update our urban hubs.

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