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The shortlisting panel will decide who to interview on the basis of the information provided in the application form. They'll measure this against the person profile (sometimes called the person specification) which lists qualities such as skills, knowledge, experience, and qualifications which are essential to do the job, and those which are desirable. Your application form should 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 don't 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'll 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've 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 your application gets to us 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 4 different application forms, depending on the type of job you're 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. Most apprenticeships use the apprenticeship form.
We do not 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
If you're the successful candidate for one of our jobs, we'll ask you to give us details of any criminal convictions or investigations which involve you. We'll only take them into account if we consider them relevant to the job for which you have applied, so having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from obtaining a post.
Jobs which have access to children or vulnerable adults require the post holder to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, the results of which will be discussed with the recruiting manager. If you've anything to declare, you should inform the recruiting manager who will discuss the issue with you. A senior manager will be required to make the final decision on whether the appointment can go ahead. All cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.
A record of the decision making process will be held on your personal file for the duration of your employment and treated in the strictest confidence.
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.