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)

Being placed with the Early Help and Preventative Services division in Thanet has allowed me to see a very different side to the council that I have previously not experienced. With my offices being inside a youth centre, I regularly get involved in youth clubs and get to interact with the people who use our services. That experience has been invaluable and has certainly helped me to develop a different set of skills.

During the 6 months, I am leading a project with the aim of improving engagement with ethnic minority communities. Thanet benefits from a diverse number of nationalities, ethnicities and cultures, and so our services need to accessible and beneficial for these communities. I have jumped right in with meetings with various individuals from local agencies, authorities and charities to improve my understanding and knowledge of these communities, as well as getting out and meeting with these communities myself.

In the coming months, I look forward to learning even more about the district that I have lived in for 15 years as well as learning more about the services provided by the multitude of agencies operating in Thanet.

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:

Early Help and Preventative Services, Children, Young People and Education

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.