Drainage stream

The drainage stream offers an excellent opportunity for a graduate working in the public sector, who is up for the challenge of starting a civil engineering career in the highway drainage team, through the challenging times of climate change.

As a 5-year development programme, the drainage stream provides access to training and career development opportunities you won't find elsewhere in local government.

You will have an active role in assessing the impacts and mitigation of flooding to the highway through:

  • the technical reviews of small to large-scale developments
  • highway improvements
  • working with developers or residents in the relocation of highway drainage assets.

You will take on early responsibility and make a real contribution towards improving and future proofing highway drainage systems in Kent.

On the programme, you will work with team leaders in the technical reviews of internal and external schemes, and work with team members in the design and implementation of drainage schemes. You will undertake shadowing placements in key areas of the Growth, Environment and Transport directorate, which may include projects and day-to-day work in the Lead Local Flood Authority team.

Length of stream

5 years


You will receive a starting salary of £26,205 which will increase as you progress.


Our main offices are in Ashford and Aylesford, but travel may be required to other offices and locations around Kent.

We are currently operating hybrid working, giving the flexibility for you to work from home or in one of our reconfigured office buildings. You will be fully supported to work in a hybrid way, with the necessary induction, management, and equipment.


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This opportunity will provide you with invaluable on-the-job experience of working within the public sector and offers extensive training and development opportunities you will not find elsewhere.

As a trainee on the drainage stream, we will commit to your development of civil engineering skills and project management skills and will support you to achieve a Level 6 Civil Engineer Degree apprenticeship.

There are also graduate workshops to develop personal skills, organisational knowledge and networking links within the council.

You will also be provided with additional training in relation to the use of relevant software to assist in the design and review of alterations and proposed highway drainage schemes.

We will commit to your continuing professional development and will support you in your training as you develop your skills and knowledge.

  • a 2:1 degree or equivalent in related disciplines, for example geology, geography, environmental and sustainability. Other degrees will be considered according to their relevance.
  • a GCSE in mathematics - grade A to C or equivalent (new grades 4 to 9)
  • a GCSE in English language - grade A to C or equivalent (new grades 4 to 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.

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

Applications close at midnight on 31 January 2022.

First sift activity

Candidates will be invited to complete a first sift activity between 1 and 14 February 2022.

Final stage interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview on 8 March 2022.

Start date

Successful applicants will join us on 4 April 2022.