Highways, transportation and waste stream

The application process is a chance for you to show us you have the skills we are looking for. Please check the recruitment timetable for specific dates and deadlines for each of the stages listed below.

Step 1 – Application form

Applications are closed for the highways, transportation and waste stream, and will reopen late 2019.

Step 2 – Online assessment

If your application is successful, you will be invited to undertake an online assessment. The online assessment consists of numerical and verbal reasoning tests.

Step 3 – Final interview

Your final interview is a chance to show you have the skills we are looking for and that you've thought carefully about your career choice at Kent County Council.


If you are unsuccessful at interview stage then we will happily provide feedback and advice on ways that you can develop your skills to re-apply next year.

Travel expenses

Due to the budget pressure we are facing we regret that we are not able to reimburse travel expenses for candidates attending interview.

As a 2 year development programme, the highways, transportation and waste 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 neighbourhoods and places, employment sites, non-car transport options and public transport in Kent.

The highways, transportation and waste stream is a challenging and exciting way to start your transport planning career in the public sector.

On the scheme you will undertake three 8 month placements in key areas of the highways, transportation and waste 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 £25,238 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 recognised qualifications. We offer graduates the opportunity to study for:

  • APM Project Management qualification
  • Level 5 Operations and Departmental Management 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 our offices across Kent. Our main offices are based in Maidstone, however placements may be anywhere in Kent.

  • a 2:1 degree or equivalent in Engineering, Geography, Transport Planning or related subject
  • a GCSE in Mathematics or Economics - 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 this summer 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.

Year 1 graduates

Abigail Roscoe - on placement with Planning and Development, GET

Year 2 graduates

Ben Cuddihee - on placement with Major Capital Programme, GET