The application form explained

Main details

It is important that you complete this section in full, as these details will be used to contact you if we need to invite you for an interview.

Work experience

Please provide details of your employment history covering at least the last 10 years, if possible. Start with your present or most recent employer giving the title of your job and the dates you were employed and then work backwards. Make sure the dates are correct and in the right order. You may also want to give details of any community, voluntary, or unpaid work you have undertaken. It is particularly important that you note any periods of unemployment so that we can consider your full history in making employment decisions.


Please give details of your education history since the age of eleven including college/university courses and any qualifications obtained. You will be asked to produce copies of relevant certificates of your qualifications prior to an offer of employment being confirmed.


This is your opportunity to demonstrate that you have the skills and experience we are looking for based on the personal specification. You will need to answer each question within this section, so it is very important that you read the personal specification carefully. Think about how you meet the requirements and show how you meet each of the behaviours giving examples where possible. Voluntary and unpaid work can be used in addition to a more formal experience.


If you are working now or have been working, we need references covering the last three years for all applicants. For Social Workers we need references covering five years. If you have just left school or have recently obtained your professional qualification, you may want to give your teacher or tutor's name. For references please state in what capacity you know the referee, for example, if they are your manager or teacher.

References will only be taken up after the interview process has been completed.

Training and development

Please include in this section any training courses or development activities you have been involved with or attended. These may be courses provided by your employer or events you have participated in outside of work.

Equal opportunities monitoring

In order to make sure that our Dignity at Work policy is working effectively, and to measure the effectiveness of our advertising, monitoring information needs to be collected and analysed. This information is confidential and is monitored by Human Resources. It will not be used for selection purposes.


If your application is successful, you will be invited to take part in an interview process. However, due to the number of applications we receive, we regret that it is not possible for us to respond to everyone. If you don't hear a response within four weeks from the closing date, please assume that at this time your application was not successful.