Highways and Transportation stream

Applications are now closed.

The highways and transportation (H&T) stream is a challenging and exciting way to start your transport planning career in the public sector.

As a 2-year development programme, the H&T stream provides access to training and career development opportunities you won't find elsewhere in local government.

From assessing the impacts and mitigation of large-scale developments to drafting transport strategies, policies and guidance, you'll take on early responsibility and make a real contribution towards improving the quality, safety, accessibility and efficiency of new neighborhoods, employment sites, non-car transport options and public transport in Kent.

On the programme you will undertake three 8-month placements in key areas of the H&T service, which may include projects and day-to-day work in development planning, sustainable transport and safety.

The specific role you take during these placements depends upon each individual placement. However, each placement will be selected to challenge you and to meet your specific developmental needs and these may involve you working on very high-profile projects.


Candidates will receive a starting salary of £26,205 which will increase with progress.

Training and development

As a trainee on the highways, transportation and waste stream, you'll get the chance to develop your project management skills and achieve a Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship.

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


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

Additionally, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic requires most employees to work flexibly. You will be fully supported to do this, with the necessary induction, management and equipment.

  • a 2:1 degree or equivalent in Engineering, Geography, Transport Planning or related subject
  • 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.

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 closed at midnight on 20 August 2021.

First sift activity

Candidates were invited to complete a first sift activity between 23 August and 5 September 2021.

Final stage interviews

Shortlisted candidates were invited to attend an interview on Tuesday 28 September 2021.

Start date

Successful applicants will join us on 25 October 2021.