Economic development stream

Applications are now closed.

The economic development stream provides exceptional opportunities for graduates wishing to work in a dynamic project environment within the public sector.

We need to ensure that we serve Kent's economy and it's community in a sustainable and balanced way. To do this, we have a continuing need to adapt to a rapidly changing economic environment and developments in government policy.

You will be supporting various projects and policy leads across the Infrastructure Development Team within Economic Development. They will be working on a variety of areas to develop your management skills and knowledge.

There will be 3 core elements to your work in our team.

  1. Contribute to secure financial contributions from house builders and new residential development to fund the delivery of our services such as new schools for the new residents.
  2. Support ongoing infrastructure developments at major strategic sites, including Kings Hill, Kent’s flagship commercial and residential development.
  3. Wider project and policy management to meet business needs, for example supporting the development of the Kent Design Guide.

Length of stream

3 years


Candidates will receive a starting salary of £25,692 which will increase with progress.


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

Additionally, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic requires most employees to work at home if they are able to do so. You will be fully supported to do this, with the necessary induction, management and equipment.

Training and development

The programme provides access to vital on-the-job experience with extensive training and development opportunities you won’t find elsewhere in local government.

We will commit to your continuing professional development and support your further study in relevant disciplines.

Whilst on the programme, you will have support to achieve the Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship (Level 4) and other continuous development opportunities, as you gain appreciation for the various roles within a project team.

  • 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification in any discipline
  • a GCSE Grade C or above in English language or equivalent (new grade 7-9)
  • a GCSE Grade C or above in mathematics or equivalent (new grade 7-9).

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.

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.

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

This post closed at midnight on 21 December 2020.

First sift activity

Candidates were invited to complete a first sift activity between 22 December and 4 January 2021.

Assessment centre

Assessment centres will be held on Tuesday 2 or Wednesday 3 February.  Candidates will only be required to attend one half day virtual assessment centre.

Final stage interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview on the 18 February 2021.

Start date

Successful applicants will join us on 22 March 2021.