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Candidate Information

How to Apply

Fife Council advertises its vacancies on its website www.fifedirect.org.uk, on www.myjobscotland.gov.uk (the national recruitment portal), and via JobcentrePlus across Fife.

If you are interested in a post, you should apply online through the MyJobScotland recruitment portal. If you view a job on our website, you will be redirected to the recruitment portal to apply for the job. The recruitment portal allows you to create your personal MyJobScotland account where your information is saved and can be used for future applications. Please make sure you complete all sections and questions on the application. We do not accept Curriculum Vitaes (CV’s) to support your application.

Your application will be acknowledged automatically to the email address you used to register on MyJobScotland. If you do not receive an automated acknowledgement within 24 hours of submitting your online application please contact us, by emailing transactions.recruitment@fife.gov.uk, to ensure that your application has been received. If you are selected for interview, we will contact you through the email address you registered with on MyJobScotland. Therefore it is important that you check your email or your myjobscotland online account regularly.

Accessibility

Fife Council wants its recruitment application process to be accessible to the communities we serve. Job information can be made available in alternative formats including audio, paper, large print and Braille, and translation upon request. We may need to involve other agencies to help us with this.

If you require an alternative format or language to help you apply for this post you should email transactions.recruitment@fife.gov.uk to advise of your specific requirements. Information about accessibility can be found on our website fifedirect.org.uk, and on the myjobscotland website under Accessibility.

If you are unable to access the internet at home, you can do so at your local library. For further information, or to find your nearest library, visit www.fifedirect.org.uk/libraries or telephone 01592 583204.

Terms and Conditions

You can access TC01, approved by the Joint Trade Unions, which summarises Fife Council’s terms and conditions of employment for Single Status employees. In addition you can access TC03, approved by the Joint Trade Unions, which summarises Fife Council’s terms and conditions of employment for Craft employees.

Disability Confident

Fife Council operates the Disability Confident Scheme. Our commitment under this scheme means that we will invite for interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job as outlined in the person specification.

To be considered under this scheme, you should notify us in your application and advise us of any reasonable adjustments that you require for the selection and interview process

At all stages of the recruitment and selection process we would wish to discuss with you what steps we might reasonably take to support you in your application.

Pre-Employment Checks

The following sections provide information about the checks we carry out for candidates we invite to interview and before a preferred candidate is allowed to start work with the Council. Unless stated otherwise, all checks apply to internal and external candidates.

It is important that you read these sections thoroughly. If you are unable to supply any of the essential information or documents we need, we may not be able to proceed with your application. If invited to interview, please make sure that you bring all the original documents required to your interview to avoid unnecessary delays in the recruitment process. A copy will be taken for our records.

Eligibility to Work in the UK

In accordance with the Immigration Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, the Council has a legal obligation to check documentary evidence to confirm that all potential employees are eligible, and permitted, to work in the UK. Nationals from European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland can provide evidence in the form of a valid passport, national identity card, birth certificate or national insurance document. If you are selected for interview, you will be required to produce original forms of identification. If you are not currently entitled to work in the UK, we advise that you visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk for further information about working in the UK.

Qualifications and Certificates

You will be asked to bring to your interview original copies of all relevant educational and professional qualifications and memberships. If the original certificate is unavailable, you must obtain a certified copy of the document from the issuing body.

Registration with a Regulatory Body or Professional Organisation

Where registration with an appropriate regulatory body e.g. Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), General Teaching Council (GTC) or professional organisation e.g. CIPD, RITP etc is required, you will be asked to provide us with your registration certificate. If you are not already registered you should make contact with them.

Fife Council is required to ensure that any teacher appointed to a post in a catholic denominational school has received approval by the Catholic Church with regard to their religious belief and character. You can obtain all the necessary information about this procedure including forms from the Scottish Catholic Education Service website www.sces.uk.com or by contacting the SCES at 75 Craigpark, Glasgow G31 2HD, Scotland, UK. You can also telephone them on +44 (0)141 556 4727.

Driving Licence

If required for the post, you will be asked to bring proof that you hold the appropriate driving licence to allow you to carry out the driving duties associated with the post. Where a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) and/or Driver Qualification Card (DQC) is specified on the person specification, you will also need to provide evidence of the number of hours of periodic training undertaken since issue of the CPC or DQC.

References

In your application you will have been asked to provide us with full contact details, including email address, of at least two referees who can provide a reference for you covering at least the last three years. One of these must be from your current or most recent employer. If you have no suitable previous employer who is able to provide an employment reference, a reference can be accepted from education establishments where you have been in education or a character reference can be accepted from a person of ‘good standing’. The Council does not accept references from family members or friends. The Council reserves the right to ask for the name of a further referee where we are not satisfied for any reason. The Council will normally take up written references for only the preferred candidate. If you are invited to interview you should contact your nominated referees to advise them that we may be contacting them on your behalf.  For general guidance on recognised professions suitable as referees, see advice on Passport Counter Signing on gov.uk.

Medical Assessment

All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory medical fitness. You will be asked to undertake a medical assessment, usually by completing a health questionnaire. Some posts or situations will require that you undergo a medical or statutory health surveillance assessment by the Council’s external occupational health provider.

Criminal Convictions

The Council complies with legislation and codes of practice that govern the use of criminal conviction history information provided on ex-offenders.

If you have declared an unspent conviction, this will only be taken into consideration if it is relevant to the specific duties of the post you have applied for.

Disclosure Checks

Some posts require a Disclosure Scotland check or Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) membership. The level of disclosure required (basic, standard, enhanced or PVG) will be stated in the job information. Where membership of the PVG Scheme is a requirement of the post, you will be required to join the PVG Scheme to carry out regulated work with children or adults or both, before an unconditional offer of employment is made. You should bring to interview at least three separate forms of identity to confirm your name, date of birth and your current home address:

1. Evidence of name, date of birth - preferably photographic identification such as a passport, driving licence, birth certificate etc.

2. Evidence of address, such as a utility bill, TV licence, bank statement, mobile phone bill, etc.

3. Evidence of change of name is also required if your surname now differs from one of the three pieces of ID provided (e.g. birth certificate and marriage certificate)

If you are an existing member of the PVG Scheme, you should also bring your PVG Scheme Record to your interview.

Should you be offered employment with us and a PVG record is required you will be asked to pay the appropriate fee for your check.

Further information including information on fees can be found at the Disclosure Scotland website http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk and at the PVG Scheme Scotland website.

Existing Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme Members

If you are already a PVG Scheme Member with another organisation for the same type of regulated work, the Council will ask for a Scheme Record update. You will need to apply for a new Scheme Record where:

• you are applying to expand your membership from one type of regulated work to another; or

• you have a PVG Scheme Membership Statement which is for personal employers, since this does not contain any vetting information.

If you are already a PVG Scheme Member with Fife Council for the type of work you are applying for, for most posts no further check is required. Where you are already a Scheme Member you will need to provide a copy of your current Scheme Record.

Overseas Criminal Record Checks

You are responsible for obtaining an overseas police check, where the post you are applying for is eligible for a Disclosure Scotland check or Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) membership and you:

a) have spent three months or more (in a single period) in a non UK country in the last ten years

b) were born and have lived overseas until adulthood.

If necessary, you will need to provide a translated check from the country/countries involved at you own expense.

From April 2017, the requirement to provide a criminal record certificate was extended to Tier 2 Visa applicants coming to work in the UK in education, health and social care sectors and also to their adult dependants. Successful candidates will need to obtain a criminal record certificate from any country they have lived in for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. It is the responsibility of Fife Council to inform the prospective employee of this requirement.

The UK Government has advice on how to obtain criminal records checks from certain countries. Further advice could be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseasapplicants. 

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