The Process

The Process

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There are several phases to the application process which includes an application form, online tests, presentation, interview and group exercise. When we are evaluating you for the role, alongside the criteria in the Person Specification, we will use a Success Profile, assessing you against a range of behaviours (the actions and activities that people do which result in effective performance in a job) and also a selection of strengths (the things we find energising and that motivate us).

There are seven key areas we will assess:

  1. Learning and self-awareness
  2. Drive and resilience
  3. Championing innovation and sustainability
  4. Building collaboration and partnership
  5. Influencing and personal impact
  6. Collective and compassionate leadership
  7. Strategic orientation

Assessment Stages

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Stage 1: Application

Once you have read through the job description and person specification, success profile and supporting information, you will be ready to complete an online application. Please remember to include details about your degree attainment (see eligibility).

Stage 2: Online Test

Successful applicants will be invited to undertake an online test which will need to be completed within 10 days.

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Stage 3: Personality Profile

Successful candidates from the online test will be invited to an interview and will be required to complete an online personality profile.

Stage 4: Presentation, Interview, Group Exercise

These stages will take place on the same day. You will be expected to present on a topic which will be communicated to you following the personality profile. At interview, you will be asked a number of questions by an interview panel, consisting of professionals representing the host organisations. As part of the group exercise, working in small groups, you will be given a number of work-based scenarios. This could include discussion as a group, presenting to the assessors and writing a reflection about your assessment experience.

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Stage 5: Decision Panel and Offers

All organisations hosting a trainee will be present throughout the assessment stages to support the selection of successful candidates appointed to the Programme.

We understand that each individual is different and that you may require specific reasonable adjustments to be tailored to your needs. Please see advice about informing us about reasonable adjustments you may have - Accessibility Statement.