Your application form
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. While the following information is to assist applications, you should bear in mind that it is for you to demonstrate your suitability for a post in completing your application form.
The shortlisting panel will decide whom 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. This is a document which lists qualities such as skills, knowledge, experience, qualifications which are essential in order to do the job and those which are desirable for example, those which will help somebody to perform the complete range of tasks in the job more readily. It is important, therefore, that you complete the application form bearing in mind the job requirements as shown 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, precise and can be easily understood and is appropriate to the job you are applying for. We will not make any assumptions about you or your abilities. If you do not tell us, we cannot know.
Do not refer us to your current job description or say "I can do the job and will give details at interview". You need to show on the application form precisely what you have done and when you did it. Don't leave out any relevant information on skills, knowledge or experience such as voluntary work or unpaid work. Don't worry if you have gained your qualification overseas. 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 due date. Applications received after the closing date will not normally be considered.
Check with your referees that they are happy to support your application before you submit the form. 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 information to ensure you meet the essential criteria 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.
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.
Expectations of candidates
Applying for a job can sometimes be a long process and if you are 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.