Performance & Safeguarding - Apprentice Executive Officer
In your application form, you will be asked to demonstrate certain competencies that we think will make you a great apprentice. These roughly come under the headings of:
• Making Effective Decisions (how you have considered the options and made a choice)
• Changing and Improving (how you are open to change and improvements and undertaken these)
• Collaborating and Partnering (how you have worked with others)
• Delivering at Pace (how you have delivered a project or piece of work with tight deadlines)
Do not worry if these look a bit complicated - they are just the standard competencies all Civil Servants need to be able to show. To help you understand what we are looking for, we have included our Apprenticeship Competency pack that outlines how to write answers to our questions and goes into more detail about the application process and a little more about the application and assessment process.
For more guidance on completing competency statements visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/a-brief-guide-to-competencies
You future prospects will be discussed as part of your on-going development.Things to consider
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.
If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
An initial sift based on competency 1 (Making Effective Decisions) may be held if a large number of applications are received.
If your application progresses to a full sift, all competences will then be considered.
You may be required to sit a brief test as part of the interview process - for example, we may explore your level of Excel knowledge and how you go about summarising information.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.
Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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Contact point for applicants
For further information on this vacancy please contact George Chachou - George.Chachou@education.gov.uk
Sift/interview dates and location
Sifting: w/c 21st May
Interviews: w/c 4th June
Interview Location: Coventry
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.
A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant's details held on the IFD will be refused employment.
Terms and conditions of candidates transferring from ALBs and NDPBs:
1. Bodies that are not accredited by the Civil Service Commission and are not able to advertise on Civil Service jobs will be treated as external new starters and will come into DfE on modernised terms and conditions with a salary at the band minimum.
2. Bodies that are accredited by the Civil Service Commission but do not have civil service status will be offered modernised terms and will not have continuous service recognised for leave or sickness benefits. Salaries will be offered at band minima, but there is some flexibility where this would cause a detriment to the individual.
3. Bodies that are accredited by the Civil Service Commission and do have Civil Service status will be treated as OGD transfers. Staff appointed on lateral transfer will move on to pre-modernised DfE terms and staff appointed on promotion will move on to modernised DfE terms. Salaries will transfer over, but be capped at the DfE band maximum.
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
• Contact Government Recruitment Service via email@example.com soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you're deaf, a Language Service Professional
DfE currently offer both a Salary Sacrifice and an enhanced “Salary Plus” childcare voucher scheme to support employees with childcare costs. “Salary Plus” will be open to employees who join DfE prior to 2 May 2018, but will close to new entrants who haven't made an application to the scheme by this date. Salary sacrifice will be open to staff until October 2018. Any move across the Civil Service on or after October 2018 may have implications on an employee's ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.
The Department for Education's recruitment processes are underpinned by the Civil Service Commissioner's Recruitment Principles, which outlines that selection for appointment is made on merit based on fair and open competition.
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the values in the Civil Service Code and/or if you feel the recruitment has been conducted in such a way that conflicts with the Civil Service Commissioner's Recruitment Principles, you may make a complaint, by contacting the Central Recruitment Team at the following address CentralRecruitment.Operations@education.gov.uk
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint you have the right to complain to the Civil Service Commissioners.
Department for Education do not cover the cost of travel to your interview/assessment unless otherwise stated.