Havering Grads

A place to make your mark

“My name’s Andrew Blake-Herbert. Like you; once upon a time I was thinking about starting a career in local government as a graduate trainee. I started out as a graduate accountant, and here I am many years later as the Chief Executive of the London Borough of Havering.

You have an opportunity through this programme to help us in our process of continual improvement, drive the organisation forward and make it better for the future – particularly as we recover from Covid-19.

Not only will you work with the management team and improve the Council’s focus on its residents and the outcomes for our local community, but you will be joining at an incredibly exciting time of real change within the Council, following our recent launch of organisation culture change programme ‘Choose Havering’.”

Andrew Blake-Herbert

Chief Executive
London Borough of Havering

A borough that cares

Do you want to make an immediate impact with a clearly-defined route into senior management? Do you share our ICARE values of; Integrity, Creativity, Ambition, Respect and Everyone?

At Havering we’ll give you the variety and experience to harness your talent. Join one of the country’s fastest-growing boroughs, help make life better for our 230,000 residents and we’ll help you get to the very top.

Tailored to develop your talent

This is an incredibly varied two-year programme. Your multiple placements could see you delivering public engagement, improving child care, or working across a number of departments, like our Joint Commissioning Unit. You’ll also travel the length and breadth of Havering — though it may be a virtual journey post-pandemic — as you build a deep understanding of public sector methods and strategy, and the unique work we do.

Rewarding your ambition and talent

There’s a lot to enjoy as a Havering Management Trainee. The programme reflects our expectations of what you can achieve – while showing what an asset you can become.

  • Learn

    On-placement experience and internal development opportunities give you a well-rounded understanding of methodologies and processes.

  • Exposure

    With a Director as a mentor and regular 1-2-1s with the Chief Executive, you’ll get used to working with senior figures and thinking strategically.

  • Community

    There are a number of forums and events purely for trainees and alumni, so you’ll develop alongside like-minded people and build a strong, supportive network.

  • Wellbeing

    With 26 days’ leave (plus bank holidays), flexitime and flexible working you can make the most of life in and out of the office.

  • Rewards

    There’s a £28,482 starting salary, Local Government Pension and unique discounts. And after the programme, you’ll likely apply for manager-level roles.

  • Convenience

    Stratford Station is just 8 mins away from Romford, the City only 17 mins — with Romford Station a 13-min walk from the main site. Add the flexibility of remote working and you have all the convenience you need. As we move out of the pandemic your place of work and times of working will be agreed between you and your placement manager.

  • Your first two years here

    Picture yourself in two years’ time. What will you have learned? What kind of leader will you be?

    We invite you to be curious, and take the time to invest in yourself and to take advantage of the many formal and informal learning and development opportunities.

    The NGDP programme is designed to help you build a reputation as a rising star. You’ll have expert support from colleagues. With placements and projects to develop not just your understanding of how things work; but how to inspire people to make those things happen. It’s up to you to work towards fulfilling your potential and make the most of every opportunity.

  • 1. Apply to join us

    Apply to join us and we will schedule an on-line interview so we can get to know you and what you expect from your career.

    If you’re successful, we’ll offer you a place. We appreciate you may have a number of offers – it’s up to you to choose the borough that gives you the best opportunity to succeed.

  • 2. Before you start

    Once you agree to join us, we’ll get in touch to talk through your first placement. You’ll start work towards the end of September 2022.

    We have a detailed induction too, with the opportunity to spend time with all the people who’ll feature heavily in your development over the next two years – including current trainees who can let you know what life’s really like here.

  • 3. First placement

    Just because you’re new, don’t expect to be left doing low level work. You’ll have your own responsibilities, likely before the end of your first week; and there’ll be times when you will have to rely on colleagues to find solutions.

    You’ll be in regular contact with your mentor and our NGDP co-ordinator: they’ll get in touch around a month before you complete your first placement to help plan your next move. This will usually mean switching departments to give you the widest possible range of experiences and knowledge.

  • 4. Placements 2 & 3

    Your placements will provide more than an insight into the work. It’s vital that you take every opportunity to innovate – to develop better ways of working, canvas opinions, and champion your ideas.

    Whether you’re embedded in a team for the entirety of a project, or parachuted in to take a pivotal role within an existing project, the more you achieve during these two years, the stronger your CV when it comes to finding a permanent role.

  • 5. Throughout the programme

    Expect to build long-lasting relationships with other trainees and alumni. And, as well as sharing your experiences with them, your mentor will always be on hand with valuable advice and support too.

    There are also a variety of training courses offered by the NGDP. Some are online, others classroom-based or residential – all subject to change at the current time. Many include on-the-job projects. Arguably, the most prestigious is the ILM Level 7 in Leadership and Management, which focuses on the local government challenges and managing in the public sector.

  • 6. Fulfilling your ambition

    Since this is a two-year trainee contract, you won’t automatically move into a permanent role. However, all our graduates so far have found jobs either here at Havering or elsewhere.

    Ultimately, the NGDP programme is your springboard to success. A first step on a far-reaching public sector career that could see you becoming not just a high-profile figure here at the Council, but a force on the national stage.

  • Your first
    two years
  • Apply to
    join us
  • Before you
  • First
  • Placements
    2 & 3
  • Throughout the
  • Fulfilling

The graduate view

We asked our trainees
– current and past – their
thoughts on the programme.

What you need to apply

This is a springboard to a senior public service career. So we’ll expect to see leadership, ambition and a commitment to succeed. You’ll be challenged, but also encouraged and fully supported, by your colleagues. The opportunities are here, will you take them?

  • A passionate desire to make life better for our residents.
  • A fearless commitment to grasp the opportunities presented.
  • A willingness to learn and apply those learnings to make a lasting difference.
What we’re looking for
  • Confidence

    This is a programme designed for strong future leaders. You’ll develop your management style as you progress, and the 1-2-1s with the Chief Executive, and senior mentor figure will help. But we’ll expect you to hit your stride the instant you join projects and teams.

  • Ambition

    You don’t need all the answers now. But you must have the kind of long-term thinking to control the direction of your placements and the dedication to tackle coursework during the programme.

  • Invention

    We’re always looking for better ways to deliver our services. And because our leaders’ doors are always open (as yours will be one day), your ideas will take root here.

  • Cleaner, Safer, Prouder, Together

    Our mantra describes the results you’ll deliver here. And you’ll underpin them with values we all live and work by – Integrity, Creativity, Ambition, Respect and Everyone (ICARE).

Havering at a glance

  • A green Borough

    We’ve more green space than anywhere else in London, with over half of the Borough protected Metropolitan Green Belt. Our parks also have 16 green flag awards.

  • Urban culture

    Our largest town, Romford, is home to a market dating back to 1247, plus The Brookside Theatre, multi-screen cinemas and many restaurants and bars. The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, also won Stage’s London Theatre of the Year 2020 award.

  • Well connected

    With three Crossrail stations and a new station at Beam Park, we’re intimately connected to London and much of the South East, giving residents exceptional employment opportunities.

  • Local prospects

    We’ve a growing proportion of younger residents and a strong local economy – fuelled by the 10,000 businesses registered in the Borough.


With large green spaces, yet a tangible connection to central London – we expect the Borough to grow in popularity and status over the coming years.

To meet the demand and deliver that better quality of life, you could find yourself part of a team developing more new leisure centres than any other borough, or pumping £13m a year into affordable housing. You might be involved in the redevelopment of Romford Town Centre or one of a number of other once-in-a-generation renewal programmes. Or you could drive our efforts to end rough sleeping across the Borough by 2022.

In short; if you’re ambitious, you’ll never want for challenges here.

Frequently asked questions

For further information

Please contact Talent@onesource.co.uk

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