Application Process

Applying for a job can be stressful and cause anxiety while you wait to find out if your application is successful. We have a clear process which will help ease the nerves.

Current Vacancies

Our vacancies are advertised on Jobs Go Public - and often in local newspapers such as The Argus and The Friday Ad.

This gives a summary about the job, the closing, interview dates and how to obtain further information.

Each vacancy contains a job description, explaining the purpose, duties and responsibilities of the job. The person specification sets out the essential and desirable criteria any applicant will need to meet to carry out the job successfully. Please read both carefully.

Application Form

To apply for a vacancy, please complete an application form for each position you may wish to apply for. We do not accept CVs. We strongly recommend you apply online. Alternatively, an application form and job details will be available from the HR Services Team at

Your application should address the criteria mentioned in the person specification. Your selection for interview will be based solely on the information contained in your application form.

Show how you match the requirements. Explain how your ability, skills, experience and knowledge match the person specification. Remember to consider all experience, in and out of work, which may be relevant. It is not sufficient to say you match the criteria – you must provide examples where you can.

If you do not address the criteria, we are unable to see how you might carry out the duties of the post, and so you are unlikely to be successful.

You may supplement the application form with additional information or your CV if you wish. The Recruitment Monitoring section is not seen by those considering your application.

The closing date for applications will be detailed on the job information and we will not consider applications received after that time.

We will not acknowledge applications unless you provide a stamped addressed envelope. We will inform applicants of the outcome of their application as soon as possible, but in any event not later than three days after the interview date.


Applications received for any post will be considered against the Person Specification for the role and a shortlist of applicants will be invited for interview.

We notify all applicants of this whether or not they have been invited for interview as soon after the closing date as we can. We hold interviews for all posts, regardless of their level or service area and it is normal to find three people on the panel at the interviews, typically the line manager for the vacant role, a HR Officer may be in attendance plus one other.

Depending on the particular job shortlisted, candidates may also be asked to perform a test and/or prepare a presentation. Details of these, if applicable, will be given when the interview notifications are made.

At the interview itself you will be asked questions about your skills and experience but you will also have the opportunity to find out more about the position and ask any other questions you have for us.

Normally all interviews for a position are carried out on the same day or within a few days of each other. We aim to make a decision as quickly as possible and will advise all candidates regardless of whether or not they have been successfully appointed.

Offers Of Employment

Any offer of employment is subject to satisfactory references and medical clearance. This will be based on a medical questionnaire you will complete and only seen by the Medical Adviser.

Under the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 we are required to see documentary evidence everyone we employ is legally entitled to work in the UK. Therefore, we can not permit anybody to start work with us until they have provided proof of this entitlement.

The requires us to have a copy of a UK passport, a certificate of right of abode, a passport or ID card of a state which is part of the European Economic Area Agreement or a registration card which permits you to take up employment.

We will also need to see your National Insurance card, a P45/P60 or an HM Revenue and Customs document, stating your National Insurance number.

Due to the nature of the work some positions will also require us to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for an “Enhanced Disclosure”. We cover payment and you will receive full information about the checks and guidance on how to complete the form.