Adults project management stream

Applications closed on 5 July 2019.

The Adult Social Care and Health (ASCH) project management graduate programme is a fast track way to start your project management career. As a two-year development programme, it provides access to vital on-the-job experience within a project environment along with extensive training and development opportunities you won’t find elsewhere in local government.

You will start your journey in a project support role, supporting various Project Managers and Senior Project Officers across the directorate. You will be working on a variety of projects to develop your project management skill set and knowledge. The programme also offers the opportunity to perform some essential portfolio management tasks, which involves essential risk management and resource management, monitoring key portfolio risks and issues and efficiently allocating our scarce project resources to activities of high strategic importance. You will gradually move into a Project Officer role, where you will help design and deliver a range of projects, making a significant contribution to the work undertaken to achieve successful outcomes.

Working in various project and portfolio roles will give you a greater appreciation and understanding of the demands of project environment. You will also gain a broad range of practical experience and knowledge, learning the various project management methodologies and techniques which will cement a solid foundation on which to build a successful career in project management. You will receive exposure to numerous stakeholders with varying levels of interest and influence in your projects, from fellow KCC colleagues to senior management, directors and members.

The programme consists of 2 one-year placements within the PPM team (Project Support and Project Officer). At the end of the 2 year programme, you will be offered a full-time role as a Project Officer within ASCH.


Candidates will receive a starting salary of £25,238 which will increase with progress.


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

Training and development

From day one, you will be working on a variety of projects at different stages in their lifecycle across the entire directorate. We are aiming for you to gain a balanced understanding of the way ASCH operates and the expectations within a project environment, whilst acquiring an overview and appreciation of the organisation (KCC) as a whole.

You will be offered a range of development opportunities throughout your 2-year programme including the Associate Project Management Apprenticeship (Level 4) and the APM PMQ Project Management qualification. You will also be given the opportunity to attend project management conferences to broaden your thinking and ensure you are on top of the latest tools and techniques.

While you are the driver of your career, most people benefit from the support of others. As a Project Officer graduate trainee you will have a network of support, including a line manager, various project managers (matrix-style management) and mentoring support from a senior manager from outside of the division who will take a close interest in your development. We will also implement peer mentoring from another member of the Portfolio and Project Management (PPM) team. You will also be part of a cohort of other graduates who started with you - shared learning can be very valuable too.

  • a 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification in any discipline
  • a GCSE in Mathematics - grade A to C or equivalent (new grades 4-9)
  • a GCSE in English Language - grade A to C or equivalent (new grades 4-9)

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 in Summer 2019 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.

Closing date for applications

5 July 2019

Assessment centre

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment on either 28 or 29 August 2019.

Final stage interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview on Wednesday 4 September 2019 in Maidstone.

Start date

Successful applicants will join KCC on 28 October 2019.