Management stream

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 scheme, you will undertake four 6 month placements in key areas of the council that may include:

  • Adults or Children’s Social Care
  • Commissioning
  • Public Health
  • Libraries, Registration and Archives
  • Economic Development
  • Early Help and Preventative Services
  • Strategic Business Development and Intelligence
  • Engagement, Organisation Design and Development
  • Business Services Centre

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 the 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.

Placements are decided by a board made up of a representative of each of our directorates. The board decides which placements are the most business critical. Selected placements are then shared with the graduates who have the opportunity to state their placement preferences based on their interests and their personal development needs.


Candidates will receive a starting salary of £24,473 which will increase with progress.


Candidates can expect to work in a variety of our offices across Kent. Our main offices are based in Maidstone. However, placements may be anywhere in Kent.

Training and development

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.

  • a 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification in any discipline
  • a GCSE in Mathematics - Grade A to C or equivalent
  • a GCSE in English Language - Grade A to C or equivalent

All overseas applicants must have the UK equivalent. See our equivalency table to check if you meet our academic requirements.

Additional information

We are an equal opportunities employer and we represent a diverse community, therefore we welcome applications from people of every race, disability, gender, age and sexual orientation. There is no upper age limit for applications.

We are looking for candidates with the potential to become future senior managers. The selection process allows candidates to draw from experiences within their academic or working career. So you may be a recent graduate, or you may have workplace experience already.

If you are due to graduate this summer you are eligible to apply if you are predicted a 2:1 or higher but please state your predicted grade clearly on the application form.

Unfortunately, due to the vast numbers of applications we receive we are unable to accept applications from candidates who achieved a 2:2 or lower.

Applications are closed for the management stream, if you are interested in future graduate streams please complete the form below.

Register your interest now for the management stream.

Selection process

  • week commencing 20 March 2017 – candidates invited to complete online assessments
  • week commencing 15 May and 22 May 2017 – shortlisted candidates invited to attend an assessment centre on 16 May or 23 May 2017
  • week commencing 19 June 2017 – shortlisted candidates invited to attend interview
  • week commencing 2 October 2017 – successful candidates will start work with KCC.