Highways, transportation and waste stream

Applications have now closed.

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, 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 3 eight-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 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 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.

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

Closing date for applications

Applications closed 5 July 2019.

Assessment centre

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment on either 28 or 29 August 2019.

Final stage interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview on Friday 6 September 2019 in Maidstone.

Start date

Successful applicants will join KCC during week commencing 2 November 2019.