Guidance on completing your online application form
Your contact details
Details of Education
Details of qualifications should be those which are relevant to the work you’re applying for.
Before applying you should ensure that you have gained any qualification which is listed as an essential criterion on the person specification.
Please note that if your application is successful you will be asked to provide documentary evidence of all qualifications and grades listed in this section of the application form.
Outside Interests (Relevant to the Job/Work Applied for)
Statement In Support of your Application
The interview panel will shortlist applicants for interview based on their ability to demonstrate that they meet these criteria.
It is therefore important that you provide us with the written evidence of your experience, qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities, etc., that matches the requirements of the person specification.
You should provide evidence of how your education, training, experience, attitude, skills and knowledge meet the criteria, giving specific examples where possible, to enable the selection panel to gauge your levels of experience, etc.
Do not leave out any relevant experience, skills or knowledge gained, wherever or however it was gained e.g. voluntary or unpaid work can be important.
Employment, Voluntary Work and Education History
If there are any periods of time that have not been accounted for, please comment upon them in this section, i.e., travelling, unemployment, career breaks etc., again giving dates. You should aim to have a full chronological account, leaving no gaps.
One of your referees must be your present employer, or last employer if unemployed; the second referee should preferably be a previous employer or someone who can comment on your suitability for the job you have applied for. Please check with your referees that they are happy to provide a reference on your behalf.
References are not accepted from relatives (including in-laws and step relations), friends and immediate work colleagues.
If the duties of the post involve working with children, young people or vulnerable adults and you are not currently working with these groups, the second referee should be the employer who most recently employed you in a role working with children, young people or vulnerable adults.
Referees will be asked about disciplinary offences, including any for which the penalty is time expired for posts working with children, young people and vulnerable adults and whether you have been the subject of any child protection or vulnerable adult abuse allegation or concern, and if so, the outcome of these.
The Council reserves the right to approach current and previous employers.
Open references addressed “To whom it may concern” or testimonial type references will not be accepted.
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
This Act allows for a person who has been convicted of a criminal offence involving a sentence of not more than two and a half years imprisonment and who has since lived trouble free for a specified period of time (related to the severity of the offence) to be treated as if the offence, conviction or sentence had never occurred. This is known as a spent conviction.
If the job for which you are applying is one of those to which the provisions of the above Act in relation to spent convictions, do not apply, you must disclose whether you have ANY previous convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings, whether or not they are spent and any other information that has a bearing on your suitability for the position applied for.
However, the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’ and are not subject to disclosure to employers, and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found at the Disclosure and Barring Service website – www.gov.uk/dbs
Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working for the Council. Consideration will be given to the type of work and the circumstances and background of offences.
For further information on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-guidance-on-the-rehabilitation-of-offenders-act-1974
Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006
- That the information that you have provided as part of the application process is true and accurate
- That you have not withheld or deliberately falsified any information relevant to your application
The information provided in your application form will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018. It will be treated as confidential and used for the purpose of employment related matters and the provision of workforce monitoring statistics. Checks will be undertaken to validate the information provided.
Applications from unsuccessful applicants will be destroyed 6 months after the completion of the recruitment process.