Matthew Hazelton

I am given responsibility in real projects that will make a real difference in the county and potentially beyond.

Age: 23

University: University of Exeter, Law (LLB)

This placement sees me working alongside 2 transformation managers that are looking to improve our services for people with a range of conditions and needs. This allows me to see a different side to the Council’s work than those I have seen before, and helps me personally to understand the difficulties that some of our service users face.

My work in this placement is varied. For one project, I am looking at how we can better assist service users with information on benefits. Whilst the benefits system is already complicated, it can be even more so if your first language is British Sign Language or if you have autism. My second project is examining how we work with external service providers and what we can do to gain better outcomes for service users. I will also be running multiple workshops through the Autism Collaborative, on the transition from children’s services to adult’s services, and on complex mental health needs.

I also want to use this opportunity to learn more about front-line services that are provided across the county, and how the people of Kent access the huge variety of services that KCC offers. Thus far I have visited the Margate Gateway to see how deaf people are able to get support in the community and will be joining social workers with some home visits to learn more about that role.

Why I applied for the Kent Graduate Programme management stream

I applied to the Graduate Programme primarily because I was attracted to joining Kent County Council as it allows me the opportunity to see very different areas of work, from policy making, Social Care, Health and Wellbeing and Housing Development Planning. There is a huge range of possibilities available to build a career in. There is also a real sense of personal development running through the graduate programme. I often have meetings with my mentor or line manager to discuss how I am developing and what I want to improve professionally.

Finally, graduates are really respected in the council. I am given responsibility in real projects that will make a real difference in the county and potentially beyond.  People respect the graduates and that is a real draw to this programme.

Current placement:

Sensory and Autism Services, Adult Social Care and Health

You should apply if you...

  • are looking for a career, not just a job. There are plenty of opportunities to progress in the council and there are a multiple pathways for development.
  • are looking to be given real responsibility with a support framework to ensure you aren’t overtasked. You will be given tasks that will make a real difference to your community.
  • are ready to innovate. This role also requires you to be adjustable and understand that the council is changing and will need its staff to change with it.