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Recruitment Journey

Your recruitment journey with The Wilf Ward Family Trust starts today!

Completing the application form

Before you click that apply button, research The Wilf Ward Family Trust, read our vision, mission and values on our website and if you share the same ones, apply to join us.

Please read through the fair processing notice for before completing the application form, this explains how your data will be used when it is in our care.

When you are completing the application form we want to know about your previous employment, your education and ultimately about you. We ask that you fully complete your employment history, from leaving further education to present, for safeguarding purposes. All gaps will need to be explained during the recruitment process if you have not done so on the application form.

This is your chance to ‘sell’ yourself, read the job description before you apply and identify the key skills and experiences that you have had which relate to the role and tell us about them.

Once you have completed the application form, please remember to submit it.

Your application form is our introduction to you as a candidate, the first bit of information that we read about you, make it count!

At the Trust we read through a lot of applications, think about how you can make yours stand out.

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Following the closing date stated on the advert, all candidates will be contacted by the recruiting manager for a recruitment call.

The recruitment call is informal, and gives both the candidate and recruiting manager an opportunity to chat about the role and answer any questions either person may have about the process. The candidate at this stage has a chance to talk about their skills and experiences and what qualities they could bring to the role and the Trust.

The information gathered during the discussion will then be used as part of the shortlisting process along with your application form.

Shortlisted candidates will then receive an invite to interview via email.

Unsuccessful candidates will also be contacted via email.

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CONGRATULATIONS! You have been shortlisted, but what happens next?

You will be invited in for a panel interview either at one of our Regional Offices or at the Service where the role will be based. You will meet the Recruiting Manager who you had the recruitment call with and one or two further staff members.

Depending on the role, you will be asked to undertake a Literacy and Numeracy test, in-tray exercise, practical task or deliver a presentation, which you will be informed of in your invite to interview.

Along with the invite to interview you will receive a candidate information document which details the terms and conditions of the role.

Please remember to bring proof of your right to work in the UK with you to interview.

On the day of your interview we will ask to take a photo of you as part of our immigration checks. We do this to help us with our final immigration checks by making sure we are able to confirm that the person turning up for interview is the person in the Right to Work documents.

Following your interview the Recruiting Manager will contact the successful candidate and make a verbal offer of employment.

All unsuccessful candidates will then be contacted by phone or email.

Once the offer of employment is made, the recruiting manager will contact the successful candidate’s current employer for a verbal reference, and will ask for any feedback before a formal offer is made.

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Pre-Employment Checks

At The Trust, the customer is at the centre of everything that we do, this is especially taken into account when it comes to recruiting our staff. Whether the role is directly supporting our customers operationally or within our support services teams, we need to ensure all necessary checks are in place to safeguard our customers and this starts with our pre-employment checks.

The nature of our work means we need to be very thorough in our pre-employment checks, below is an overview of the checks in which we carry out before employment.
- Right to Work in the UK
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
- Satisfactory References
- Medical Clearance
- Full Employment History

Right to Work in the UK

This is to ensure that you are legally entitled to work and live in the UK. We require documentary evidence to prove you have the right to work in the UK and we follow the government guidance.

Your evidence and photo taken at interview will be make up your right to work in the UK.

DBS Check

We require our employees to have a DBS check due to the nature of the role, the level of check is dependent on the eligibility of the role. When an offer of employment is made, the successful candidate will be asked to complete a DBS check online and provide evidence to support this application.

Satisfactory References

Any job offer is conditionally based on receiving satisfactory references which cover the last three years of employment. One of which must be from your current or most recent employer. If you have ever worked in social care in the past and they are not your current employer we will also require a reference from the previous providers.

A verbal reference will be attempted from your current or most recent employer, if you are successful in the role.

If a character reference is provided the person providing the reference for you must have known you for the last three years and cannot be a relation.

Medical Clearance

All successful applicants will be required to complete a medical clearance form which is provided online via our Occupational Health provider Medigold. Following completion it may be necessary to involve our Occupational Health team where they would assess your fitness for the relevant role or if any reasonable adjustments need to be made.

Full Employment History

It is a requirement for all staff to provide a full and continuous employment history from leaving full time education to present. Any gaps stated will need to be explained.

This may seem like a lot but we are regulated by external providers and need to ensure we follow Safer Recuitment practices in order to provide a safe environment for the people we support.

Please note that we have the right to withdraw any offer of employment if the checks received are not considered satisfactory.

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Once the pre-employment checks have been carried out satisfactorily, you will be contacted to arrange a start date.

You will then spend time within the service or office, shadowing other staff and learning the role.

We take the time to train our staff and you will be booked onto one of our induction sessions within the first 12 weeks of your employment.

Our inductions take place in our Regional Offices, this is a full 5 days training to give you the skills and knowledge to start you on your journey.

The training does not stop there, you will have continuous opportunities for development.

For further details on our Learning and Development for staff, please click here.

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Whether you are looking for an organisation that can provide truly personalised support for you or a loved one, or you are searching for an employer that recognises the individual strengths of every employee, we would love to hear from you.

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