Launch your public sector finance career

The Local Government Graduate Finance Programme gives you the experience, knowledge and understanding you need to build a successful career in public finance. Joining one of eleven London boroughs on a secure, fixed-term contract, you’ll spend four years learning about every aspect of local authority finance – from key corporate processes to risk management. The scheme offers a rich variety of training and professional exposure, and you will contribute to all kinds of challenging operational work and project initiatives tailored to your development needs.

Key responsibilities will include preparing and monitoring budgets, ensuring savings targets are managed and achieved, and providing high-quality financial advice to managers and government departments.


Every day, you will have the satisfaction of knowing your work has a real impact on real people’s lives. By the end of the scheme, you will have the qualifications, confidence and know-how to take on the first big management challenge of your career.


Do you have what it takes?


This is a scheme for the finance leaders of the future – for graduates who are driven to lead and succeed, who aren’t afraid of taking on new challenges, and who have a genuine desire to make a difference to communities. To qualify for the scheme, you must have:

  • Minimum 2:1 degree in any subject (expected or achieved)
  • GCSE Maths and English or equivalent (Level 4 or above)
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Strong numeracy and computer literacy
  • Willingness to study for a professional qualification while working full time

Please note: our graduate roles are politically restricted under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. We are therefore unable to accept applications from candidates currently involved with political activity, both during and outside of election periods.

Participating Boroughs

London Borough of Lewisham

Despite sitting comfortably in Zone 2 and touching the river Thames in the north, the Lewisham is still one of the most affordable areas to buy and rent in the capital...

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Kensington and Chelsea has always been a unique and vibrant place to work, nestled in the heart of London, with a wealth of nationally and internationally recognised ...

Westminster City Council

Westminster is the UK’s political and cultural centre, containing world-renowned theatres, restaurants, hotels and entertainment. Businesses in the city generate...

London Borough of Lambeth

Lambeth is one of the most vibrant and diverse boroughs in London covering Brixton, Streatham, Clapham and Waterloo. We provide services such as planning, ...

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Kingston is a beautiful Royal borough with a historic setting on the banks of the Thames with excellent schools and a bustling retail centre, all surrounded by open...

London Borough of Islington

The London Borough of Islington lies in the heart of the city, with thriving cultural, culinary, and nightlife experiences within its 6 square miles...

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest is a richly diverse borough in the north-east of London, bordering Essex, stretching from Leyton in the south to Chingford in the North. We are a pioneering...

London Borough of Sutton

Sutton is a well connected attractive part of London that has a reputation for excellent schools, green, leafy open spaces and a history that drives a thriving heritage...

London Borough of Enfield

12 miles from the centre of London, Enfield covers an area of 31.7 square miles and has an estimated population of 333,869 with a large population of both 0-14s and...

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets is one of the UK's most culturally vibrant and diverse areas. The borough is densely populated, with 319,800 people living within eight square miles...

London Borough of Redbridge

We want Redbridge to be brilliant – as a borough, as a Council and as a collection of teams and individuals. A place where our staff work together to help local people...

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Richmond is home to beautiful Royal Parks and open spaces, historic houses, theatres, museums, galleries, exhibits and town centres bursting with life.

Wandsworth Council

Wandsworth is a vibrant area made up of many young and middle-aged professionals and families and has become home to many restaurants, boutiques and bars.

Ready to be the future of public finance ?

We are now closed for applications to our 2021 graduate opportunities.