GBP 4280 Graduate Trainee Transport Planner

Job Description

A Science graduate is sought as a Graduate Trainee Transport Planner is required by Devon County Council, in Exeter. The role offers you the opportunity to undertake a funded MSc in Transport Planning & Engineering. This is a permanent graduate role, recruited through the GBP scheme.


About Devon County Council

As one of the large employers in Devon, we currently employ over 4,000 people across the organisation. Our collective expertise means we have a very influential position in guiding sustainable development and supporting economic growth in the county.

About Transport Planning in Devon

In the role of Transportation Planning Graduate, you will receive training, gain experience and develop your skills across a wide range of transport issues.  The transport team has a key role in developing transport plans to support ambitious housing and jobs plans and ensuring that growth comes forward in a sustainable way. Understanding how the impact of technology and innovation will change the way people travel is an increasingly important part of the role and is an exciting time to be working in the sector. In recent years, the team has been hugely successful in securing funding to enable delivery of several high-profile highway projects such as the new South Devon Link Road, new railway stations at Newcourt and Cranbrook and the Exe Estuary cycle trail – this is set to continue with a significant number of new schemes to be delivered across Devon in the forthcoming years.


About the post

From day one, you will receive necessary training and hands-on challenges. The work you would undertake will be diverse and dynamic, ranging from representing the County Council at public exhibitions to drafting Committee reports and undertaking work on extensive modelling projects.  You will be expected to make a significant contribution to the services provided by the team.

In addition to the invaluable practical planning experience the role will provide you with, there will be the opportunity to work towards a postgraduate qualification (i.e. MSc in Transport Planning & Engineering at the University of Southampton), which is funded by the County Council.

Previous Transport Planning Graduates have excelled and moved up within the business. We would like you to be next.  You would be appointed to a permanent post within the Transport Planning Career Grade Scheme, which provides scope for progression as you develop your skills and gain experience.

About the rewards

We know that support and development are invaluable at the vital stage of your career, so, we will do all we can to help you move forward during your time at Devon County Council while helping you maintain a healthy work-life balance. In addition to our training and career progression opportunities, we offer a range of benefits including a local government pension scheme, a commitment to flexible working and discounts in local organisations and on bus travel. We will give you 20 days annual holiday to start with and an extra 3 days over Christmas.


This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.


About you

First and foremost, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (i.e. Mathematics, Geography, Engineering or Science).

We do not expect you to have much experience – we will give you the training you need – but an understanding of the procedures in transport planning would be a real advantage. Numerate, strategic and a real problem solver, you will feel confident analysing and interpreting data and writing reports on your findings.

You will need to develop strong communication skills for this role, both written and face-to-face, and you should aim to be happy dealing with people at all levels and sectors of the community. Our transport planning team is supportive but there will be times when you will need to use your own initiative. That is why we would like you to be proactive, self-motivated and comfortable working to deadlines.

Closing Date: 24/05/2018

Interview Date: W/C 04/06/2018

Start Date: September 2018

End Date: Please note this is a permanent graduate role, not a temporary internship