University: Durham University, Law (MJur, LLB Hons)
I am currently involved in a number of projects within the Community Safety Team (CST). Given the austerity context, the CST is being pushed to formulate innovative ways of furthering the council's strategic objectives. My work has had a particular focus on the countywide community warden service. This service provides a uniformed presence designed to both tackle crime and fulfil a host of safeguarding functions. Thus far, I have been required to attend meetings, conduct interviews, brief senior managers and shadow wardens during their daily activities. These opportunities have provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the demands placed on this service.
I now find myself in a position where I am able to support the streamlining and remodelling of the existing service as it evolves to incorporate further responsibilities, whilst continuing to provide an outstanding, resident-focused service.
An important component of my involvement in this service remodel is through aiding the rolling out of Voluntary Support Wardens (VSW) following a successful pilot scheme. These VSWs reflect a cost-cutting initiative designed to support the existing community wardens in their daily functions. In the fulfilment of this role I have been required to produce a promotional prospectus designed at obtaining further funding for this new branch of the service. This has required me to liaise between and engage with a number of key stakeholders, including, residents, parish councils, community warden area managers, Kent Police and other teams within Kent County Council.
Why I applied for the Kent Graduate Programme management stream
My reasoning for both studying law and applying for the Kent Graduate Management Stream stemmed from a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable members of our society. I saw a job in the public sector as an excellent opportunity to realise this objective.
Second to this, I could find no better and more supported opportunity to develop my own skillsets and knowledge of the multitude of functions fulfilled by the public sector. Through rotating between four separate placements I hope to cultivate an understanding as to where my own personal interests and strengths lie. It is my belief that developing such an insight at the early stages of one’s career is a springboard for success.