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4. Submitting an application

How to start your application

At the bottom of all job adverts will be an Apply button. Once you click this you will be taken to the first page of the application form. From there you can complete your application in full or save progress and return via login details that will be emailed to you. When you are ready to complete your application press the Submit button. You will get an opportunity to review the contents before it is submitted. Once you have submitted your application form you cannot edit it.


Your application form should aim to demonstrate that you meet the essential criteria of the Person Specification and that you have the experience, skills and ability to carry out the main duties and responsibilities of the Job Description. If it does, you are more likely to be invited to attend an interview.

To support this some top tips are:

  • Have your education and employment history to hand as we will ask you to list these
  • Use specific examples that links to the job criteria within the Supporting Statement section
  • If you don’t have employment related examples use relevant examples from your home life, education or volunteering
  • If you do not fully meet a particular essential criteria explain how you would overcome this, for example you would be willing to do additional training
  • Aim for your Supporting Statement to be no more than 1.5 pages – you want to keep the reader interested
  • Ask a friend or family member to proof read or feedback on your supporting statement before submitting it

What Next?

Once the vacancy closing date has passed all applications will be sent to a shortlisting panel. It is important to note that at this stage the only information the panel receives are the Supporting Statement, Employment History, Education History and Additional Skills. No personal nor Equality and Diversity Monitoring details are shared with the shortlisting panel. Applications are assessed against the Person Specification and Job Description and the highest scoring applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Applicants that inform us of a having disability are guaranteed to be invited to attend an interview where they demonstrate that they meet all of the essential criteria of the Person Specification.

If you have not received an interview invitation within 3 weeks of the closing date please assume you have not been shortlisted. Unfortunately we cannot provide feedback on all applications as standard practice, however we will try to accommodate requests for this if received.