Governance, law and democracy stream

The governance, law and democracy stream is an exciting opportunity for graduates looking to start a career in the public sector.

As a member of the newly created Operational Delivery team, you will gain exposure to a variety of local government functions, and valuable experience working with different areas of the organisation. You will be working alongside previous graduates to deliver projects which transform the way the council’s statutory duties in the areas of data, democracy and law are discharged.

Alongside these core transformation projects, you will have opportunities to gain more experience in areas of particular interest to you, with the chance to undertake placements in different teams in the division and work on a wider variety of projects.

During their time on the programme, our most recent graduates had the chance to work on the transition to virtual committee meetings during the pandemic, and were a part of the Election Project team, supporting the delivery of the 2021 Kent County Council elections.

Throughout the 2 years you will have opportunities to help solve problems and design processes; developing key skills in the process. Upon completion of the programme, you will be well equipped to occupy more senior roles within the division.

We welcome applications from all backgrounds and communities and we particularly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, as we look to ensure our division mirrors the diversity of the Kent population.

Length of stream

2 years


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


This role will be based at Sessions House in Maidstone.

The team currently has a hybrid model of working with some days in the office and some days working from home. You will be fully supported to do this, with the necessary induction, management and equipment.


Applications are now open.

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As a part of the graduate programme, you will undertake the Associate Project Management apprenticeship.

Workshops are also held for those on the graduate programme to develop personal skills, organisational knowledge, and networking links within the council.

To support your personal and professional development, there may be further training opportunities throughout the graduate programme. Previous graduates have received additional training in presentation skills, data protection and the use of different IT platforms to support them in their roles.

  • a 2:1 degree (achieved or predicted) or an equivalent qualification in any discipline
  • a GCSE Grade A to C or above in English Language or equivalent (level 2 qualification)
  • a GCSE Grade A to C or above in mathematics or equivalent (level 2 qualification)

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 during week commencing 7 March 2022.

Start date

Successful applicants will join us on 4 April 2022 or Monday 5th September 2022 (please state clearly in your application your preferred start date).