How to apply

  • Search for a job you want to apply for
  • Select "more details" to find out more about the job
  • Select "apply now" for the online application form
  • If you haven't already registered you will be asked to register
  • You will get automatic confirmation on your dashboard that your application has been received

Your profile

If you complete your account profile your details will pre-fill any new application you begin.

It is important to complete your profile first: when you click on 'Apply for this job' the online application form takes a snapshot of your profile to pre-fill your details. Changes made to your profile after you have started an application will not show up.

Completing an application form

Complete all parts of the application form, carefully considering the requirements of the job description and person specification. The application form is the main source of information used to decide whether you will be selected for further consideration.

You also need to complete the equal opportunities information and submit it with your application form. This information is only used for statistical monitoring purposes and will be separated from your application. It will not be considered during the shortlist selection process or be seen by any manager involved in making the appointment.

As we need the same information from all candidates we cannot accept CVs or testimonials in place of an application form.


You will need to give the names and addresses of two people who can provide references (one of whom must be your present/ last employer). If you have worked for your current employer for less than six months you must attach details of your previous employer. The other referee cannot be related to you in any way.

For some posts, particularly those working with children, references may be requested from all your previous employers.


Short-listing of applicants will be based on the extent to which their experience, qualifications and skills match the selection criteria listed in the person specification.

We do not always contact applicants who have not been short-listed. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and Disclosure and Barring Service

Convictions which have become spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 will be disregarded, other than in the case of specific posts which are exempt under the legislation. These are principally posts which involve working with children and / or vulnerable adults, and for such posts the successful candidate will be subject to a  Disclosure and Barring Service check. If a check is required then this will be made clear in the information made available to candidates. The disclosure process will also be explained.

A criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from obtaining the position you are applying for.

Interview expenses

If you are invited to interview you may be eligible to travel and subsistence allowances. Details will be provided with your invitation to interview letter.

Medical clearance

Candidates are required to complete a Pre-Employment Medical Questionnaire either when they are invited to interview or when they are offered a job. All appointments are subject to medical clearance. Details of any sickness absence during the previous three years will be requested from previous / current employers in taking up references.

Appointment documentation

Candidates will be requested to provide the following:

• Qualification certificates
• Driving licence (where required)
• Documentary evidence of the right to work within the United Kingdom as required by the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 (as amended).


A six month probationary period may need to be completed. During this time employees will be expected to demonstrate their suitability for the role.

Political restriction

Certain posts are politically restricted under the terms of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. If this restriction applies, this will be made clear in the recruitment information.


There is more information on our Help page.