Kent Council

Kent County Council

Kent County Council

We are one of Kent’s largest employers and what we do affects the daily lives of our residents, visitors, businesses and workers. Our main objective is to enhance the quality of life for all of Kent's residents by looking after Kent's long term future and environment and the provision of services for residents. If you’re looking for a job that makes a real difference to people’s lives, with huge potential for career development and with an employer that values diversity in its staff, recognises the importance of good work/life balance and offers an excellent rewards and benefits package, then Kent County Council could be the employer for you.

We provide a work environment which encourages staff views, team working and joint problem solving and offer a range of excellent staff benefits and rewards, including flexible working and the local government pension scheme. We are an ‘Investor in People’ so all staff have access to training and development opportunities. Our annual budget covers a huge range of services. This translates into a host of interesting roles and career paths awaiting those who want to work in a leading edge public sector organisation.

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Case Studies

  • Name: Lucy Campbell
  • Role: Early Help and Preventative Services (EHPS), Education and Young People's Services
  • University: University of Cambridge, History (MPhil, BA Hons)

Description:

I have four main work streams. The first is a broad involvement in outlining the future of children's centres. I have been supporting the creation of project plans for rationalising EHPS buildings and commissioned services. I have had the opportunity to work with senior managers, develop policy documents and collaborate across directorates.

I have also been working with Digital Services to develop a young person's channel on the Kent County Council website. As part of this work I have been training and monitoring the process of the Business Support apprentices who are responsible for inputting data. I will later help review practice and establish the next steps for the young person's channel.

I have taken on responsibility for updating the signage for the council's children and youth centres. This will involve liaising with our Communication team, managers of these service buildings and outside contractors. Going ahead, I will also be project assisting the refurbishment of two youth hubs, as a part of the Places and Spaces project.

The position has also given me the opportunity to shadow a number of significant discussions, ranging from funding opportunities to programme management negotiations and directorate Team meetings.

Why I applied for the Kent Graduate Programme Management Stream

Throughout university I knew that I wanted to work within the public sector; job satisfaction was my priority, and working to improve the lives of others would both fulfil and challenge me. Kent represented an exciting opportunity, as one of the largest councils in the country, which was continuing to deliver good services despite national financial challenges.

The Kent Graduate Programme appealed to me because of the chance to complete four different rotations. This allows a graduate to gain an understanding of the organisation as a whole and introduce them to the huge number of career paths, many of which would not be immediately apparent. The management stream also offers great opportunities for personal development. The council is fully behind this programme (which is in its 17th year) and developing future leaders. This means you are able to tailor your two years to your interests and strengths.

Training

As a 2 year development programme, the management stream provides access to training and career development opportunities you won't find elsewhere in local government.

From managing countywide projects to drafting policy and strategy, you'll take on early responsibility and make a real contribution towards improving the quality, accessibility and efficiency of public services in Kent.

On the programme, you will undertake four 6 month placements in key areas of the council that may include commissioning; public health, economic development; policy; social care.

Your specific role during these placements will vary and they may involve you working on very high profile projects. We are aiming for you to gain a balanced understanding of the way Kent County Council works whilst gaining an overview of the organisation. There may also be the opportunity to be placed with an external organisation in a partnership role with us.

As a trainee on the management stream, you'll get the chance to develop your management and project management skills and achieve recognised qualifications including APM Project Management and a Management qualification.

You are fully supported from day one and will be allocated a mentor, a placement manager, as well as receiving ongoing support from the KGP Team.

Training & Profiles

As a trainee on the Management Stream, you'll get the chance to develop your management and project management skills and achieve recognised qualifications. We offer graduates the opportunity to study for an APM Project Management qualification. To supplement this, our graduates also study for a Management qualification in Year 2. You will also have access to our accredited Management and Leadership Development Programme, our extensive suite of e-learning and our graduate development framework. You are fully supported from day one and will be allocated a mentor and a placement manager, as well as receiving ongoing support from the Kent Graduate Programme Team.