Transportation Planning Graduate Trainee

  • Job Reference: 00002698-1
  • Date Posted: 17 July 2020
  • Recruiter: Devon County Council
  • Location: Exeter
  • Salary: £19,554 to £21,589
  • Sector: Engineering, Science & Technology, Transport & Logistics
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

About Devon County Council

It is an exciting time to be working for Devon County Council, one of the largest employers in the County. Earlier this year the County Council declared a climate emergency and post COVID-19 there is an urgent need to support the economic recovery. The Government continues to invest in infrastructure to stimulate activity on both these fronts. We are looking for enthusiastic people to step up to this challenge and develop, influence and shape the way people will travel around Devon.

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 planning and road safety team has a key role in developing transport plans to support ambitious housing and jobs plans, whilst also ensuring that we respond positively to Devon County Council’s climate emergency declaration. Understanding how the impact of technology and innovation will change the way people travel is an increasingly important part of the role as is understanding how we can influence behaviour change to support safer and sustainable travel on our transport system. In recent years, the team has been hugely successful in submitting bids and securing funding to enable delivery of high quality cycle routes, new railway stations and several high-profile highway projects such as the new South Devon Link Road. You will enjoy seeing projects that you provided detailed numerical and economic analysis input to helping build a Devon where people can get around easily to do the things they need to do.

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 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 and road safety 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 and road safety 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.

 About the rewards

We know that support and development are invaluable at this 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.

 To apply, please click APPLY NOW to be redirected to the Devon County Council recruitment website.