Transformation project management stream

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The Children, Young People and Education (CYPE) transformation project management graduate programme provides exceptional opportunities for graduates wishing to work in a dynamic, project environment within the public sector.

CYPE have been transforming their operational services over recent years through its key transformation programme, change for Kent children, and the creation of the transformation and innovation team. The next step in the journey is designing and implementing new concepts, initiatives and ways of working, whilst delivering outstanding services to children and young people.

You will start your journey supporting various project leads and project officers across the directorate. You will be working on a variety of projects to develop your project management skills and knowledge. The programme also offers the opportunity to perform some essential portfolio management tasks such as essential risk management and monitoring key risks and issues of high strategic importance. You will gradually move into a project officer role, where you will help design and deliver a range of projects, making a significant contribution to the work undertaken to achieve successful outcomes.


Candidates will receive a starting salary of £25,238 which will increase with progress.


Our main offices are in Maidstone, but travel may be required to other offices and locations around Kent.

Training and development

The graduate programme is a fast track way to start your project management and public sector career.

As a 2-year development programme, it provides access to vital on-the-job experience within a project environment along with extensive training and development opportunities you won’t find elsewhere in local government.

Whilst on the programme, you will have strong support for achieving the associate project management apprenticeship and continuous development opportunities, as you experience and gain appreciation for the various roles within a project team.

While you are the driver of your career, most people benefit from the support of others. As a project officer graduate trainee, you will have a network of support, including a line manager, various project leads and coaching support is also available on request.

We will also implement peer mentoring from another member of the transformation and innovation team. You will also be part of a cohort of other graduates who started with you - shared learning can be very valuable too.

  • 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification in any subject.
  • GCSE grade A-C (new grades 4-9) or above in English language or equivalent (Level 2 qualification).
  • GCSE grade A-C (new grades 4-9) or above in mathematics or equivalent (Level 2 qualification).
  • Willingness to work towards the Associate Project Management 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.

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.

Closing date for applications

This post closed at midnight on Friday 31 January.

First sift activity

Candidates will be invited to complete a first sift activity between 3 and 14 February.

Assessment centre

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment on the 17 or 18 March in Maidstone.

Final stage interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview during the week of Monday 30 March.

Start date

Successful applicants will join us on 11 May.