The application form plays a key part in our decision whether or not to invite you for interview, so it is important that you complete it as fully and as accurately as possible.
The shortlisting panel will decide who to interview on the basis of the information provided in the application form measured against the person profile (or person specification as it is sometimes called) which lists qualities such as skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications which are essential in order to do the job, and those which are desirable. Your application form should therefore show how closely you can meet the requirements for the job, as set out in the job and person profile.
Remember to complete all parts of the application form. If you think some parts do not apply, please write 'not applicable' or 'N/A' in the spaces provided. Make sure the information you provide is clear, accurate and appropriate to the job you are applying for. We will not make any assumptions about you or your skills and abilities, so if you don't tell us about them, we won't know.
Don't refer us to your current job description or think that you can leave it until the interview to give us details about why you can do the job. You need to show on the application form precisely what you have done and when you did it. Remember to include all the relevant information about your skills, knowledge or experience, such as voluntary work or unpaid work. Don't worry if you gained your qualification overseas as if relevant it will be taken into account.
If you're submitting an offline application, take a copy of your application before you submit it.
Make sure you submit your application by the closing date. Applications received after the closing date will not normally be considered.
Check with your referees that they're happy to support your application before you apply. If possible, please provide an email address for your referees as this will speed things up if you're successful.
Types of application form
There are three different application forms, depending on the type of job you are applying for. Many of our jobs require you to fill in the standard version, but there are some jobs, for example, cleaners, caretakers, catering assistants, care workers, school crossing patrols and road workers for which a shortened form is used. Teaching posts also have their own version of the form.
We don't normally accept CVs as we require a fully completed application form. If CVs are welcome, this will be clearly indicated in the job advert and you must ensure that your CV contains enough detailed information to demonstrate that you meet the requirements of the role.
All appointments are subject to medical clearance. If you're successful at interview, you'll be asked to complete a confidential medical questionnaire.
Right to work in the UK
The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 requires employers to check your documents to establish your eligibility to work in the UK before you start work with us. We ask all candidates to bring proof of their right to work to their interview. If you're successful at interview copies of this documentation will be kept on your personnel file. Please see the guidance attached to this page.
Disclosure of criminal records
As part of your job application we'll ask you to give us details of any criminal convictions or investigations. We'll only take them into account if we consider them relevant to the job for which you have applied. If you're successful in applying for a post which has access to children or vulnerable adults, you'll be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from obtaining a post. All cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.
How you can help us
Applying for a job can sometimes be a long process and if you're the successful candidate we are keen to enable you to take up your post as soon as possible. We ask you to respond to us as soon as you can, for example if you need to fill in a DBS application, or arrange a medical examination, and when signing and returning your contract.
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