Our PDP (professional development programme) roles provide a great opportunity to build your career in Transport Planning with an organisation committed to investing in you, providing you with a range of opportunities to make a valuable contribution to a variety of different projects and gain invaluable experience to support your development and career prospects.

Our enables you to work whilst undertaking a sponsored professional qualification at a post-graduate level, for an example. The course duration is between about 2-3 years. You will benefit from paid time off to study and from an accelerated pay progression upon meeting your learning objectives. Mentoring is provided by experienced colleagues and progression will be regularly monitored through one-to-one meetings.

As a graduate Transport Planner, you will be working with Transport Planners, Engineers, Project Managers, Elected Members and Contractors for the development and review of transport strategies and major transport projects.

Key day to day activity that you could typically support with includes:

  • Supporting Transport Planners with project preparations
  • Helping to create strategy documents
  • Assisting with the preparation of consultation documents
  • Some of the key projects we have delivered and have planned can be viewed via our This will provide you with a flavour of the types of projects we deliver that you can get involved with.

    We are in the process of formalising our new Local Transport Plan (LTP) too, which sets out our vision and ambition for rethinking travel in Surrey and will contribute to the creation of healthier and more sustainable communities. Further information about our LTP is accessible via

    About You

    To be shortlisted, your CV and supporting statement will clearly evidence:

  • Educated to Degree or NVQ qualification at level 5/6 in subjects such as Civil Engineering, Geography or Planning.
  • To be working toward or willing to work toward a professional qualification, with membership of a suitable professional body i.e. the RTPI, ICE, CIHT, IHE or TPS e.g. joining at Graduate Member level.
  • Awareness of Transport and Highways policies and current highway and traffic regulations and documentation consistent with the training and development guidance issued by professional bodies listed above.
  • Ability to undertake investigations, analysis and research into a wide range of strategy, transport and planning issues in order to inform new and existing policy, strategies, briefings, projects and guidance. This will involve the preparation of documents and providing transport policy/strategy advice to develop Transport Strategies and Major scheme business cases.
  • Ability to assist on the design, organising and attending public consultation/exhibitions to seek stakeholder consensus on projects and transport policy and strategy.
  • Our Benefits- what we can offer you

    We offer many great benefits for staff depending on what is important to you. A selection of these include:

  • Agile and flexible work options. We recognise the importance of striking a good work life balance. Whether you have caring responsibilities, interests outside of work that you want to pursue, or perhaps are looking to return to work on a part time basis after a career break- whatever the reason we are open to considering a variety of work patterns shaped around the principles of trust, accountability and a strong team and work ethic.
  • Professional support from experienced and qualified members of the team to help you grow and develop your career.
  • A generous local government pension scheme to provide you with a secure and guaranteed future income. Tax relief on your contributions is available whilst we pay significant amounts into the Scheme.
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing tools and information to support your mental and emotional well-being including our confidential Employee Assistance Programme, a range of mental health apps that have been assessed against NHS standards, support for staff in crisis and much more.
  • Lifestyle benefits- access to a huge range of discounted vouchers and memberships covering the gym, retail, cinema and holidays.
  • Travel and Transport benefits- including salary sacrifice cycle and car schemes as well as discounted travel on season tickets.
  • Above all we are striving to be an inclusive and welcoming employer providing you with access to opportunities that support you professionally and fulfil you personally. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit for Surrey County Council staff.

    At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the 

    For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.