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Introduction to Kent County Council

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We are the UK’s largest local authority, with a workforce in excess of 33,000 people, including maintained schools, serving a population of 1.4 million. We have various offices in central locations and a large number of service establishments throughout Kent; our corporate office is based in Maidstone.

More than two thirds of our workforce provides services directly to the public – such as domiciliary Care Workers, Classroom Assistants, Social Workers, Teachers, and Occupational Therapists etc.

Our annual budget covers a huge range of services. This translates into a host of interesting roles and career paths awaiting those who want to work in a leading edge public sector organisation.

Aims and objectives

The main objective for the County Council is to enhance the quality of the lives of all of Kent’s residents by looking after Kent’s long term future and environment and the provision of services for residents. The County Council aims to improve its services continuously and ensure that they are good value for money. Our transformation plan “Facing the Challenge” focuses on 3 themes - service reviews, integrating services and managing change better to ensure we will be:

  • placing the customer at the heart of service delivery
  • shaping services around people and place
  • looking again at our services, the difference they make and whether there’s a better way, taking a prompt from our customers and the people working close to them
  • putting a greater focus on outcomes – being clearer on what we’re trying to achieve
  • taking a more co-ordinated approach to project and programme management

To see a copy of Facing the Challenge, and Vision for Kent documents, please visit our website – under ‘Your Council’.

Community Learning and Skills

For further information view our Self-Assessment Report for Academic Year 2013-2014