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EO announces graduation of first cohort of national management trainees

The Employers' Organisation for local government (EO) has announced that the first group of management trainees on its National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) graduated last week from Warwick Business School.

The Warwick Postgraduate Diploma in Local Government Management forms a significant part of the (NGDP) and is designed to provide the link between the theory of management and the practice of management in the public sector.

The EO say that the NGDP ensures that the trainees can make a real contribution to local authorities by challenging accepted wisdom and practice and by becoming powerful and influential agents of change.

Cllr Rory Love, Chairman of the EO, presented five trainees with prizes which were awarded by Warwick University for outstanding work during the course.

Speaking at the graduation, Cllr Love congratulated the trainees on their diplomas and said, "Our National Graduate Development Programme has made a huge impact on the recruitment of the brightest graduates into the local government sector since the EO launched it two years ago. I have had the pleasure of presenting five of the most outstanding graduate trainees with prizes. But the real prizewinners are the local authorities for whom each of the graduates is working; the communities those authorities are serving; and the local government sector as a whole, which is now benefiting from the skills, motivation and innovation that our graduate trainees have brought to it."

2500 graduates applied for the 50 places on the first intake in September 2002. The NCDP now has 4 active cohorts totalling 203 national management trainees who are placed in 87 authorities. The fifth group is due to start in September 2005.

David Clark, Director General of the Society of Local Government Chief Executives (SOLACE) said, "This is one of the most important initiatives ever undertaken in local government. We have got the best young people for this programme, and I think it will provide us with the leaders of tomorrow."

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