Strategic Planning and Infrastructure stream

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The strategic planning and infrastructure stream offers an excellent opportunity for a graduate interested in working in the public sector, who is up for the challenge of a diverse and rewarding role in helping to shape sustainable communities.

At KCC, we support a place-making approach to growth that puts infrastructure first to deliver high quality places to live, with opportunities for local people. You will be working as part of a team that helps ensure that growth across the county of Kent is planned with all the vital infrastructure that we are responsible for and that it is designed to be future-proofed and resilient to current and future challenges.

You will have an active role in promoting our position on infrastructure and planning matters relevant to achieving sustainable ‘good’ growth, through the coordination of county council responses to a range of Local Plan consultations, strategic planning applications and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.

You will also provide project support in developing and maintaining an interactive online mapping platform for growth and infrastructure data that underpins the Kent and Medway Growth and Infrastructure Framework (GIF), for a county-wide, long-term picture of planned growth and infrastructure requirements.

Length of stream

2 years


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

Training and development

The job provides you with invaluable on-the-job experience of working within the public sector and offers extensive training and development opportunities you won’t find elsewhere.

Whilst on the programme, you will be provided with the right support to help you achieve the Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship (Level 4). We will commit to your continuing professional development and will support you in your training as you develop your management skills and knowledge.


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 close at midnight on 20 August 2021.

First sift activity

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

Final stage interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview on Friday 1 October 2021.

Start date

Successful applicants will join us on 25 October 2021.