NGDP recruitment information pack 2021/22

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Local recruitment provides councils with the opportunity to utilise the NGDP to recruit the best of their local talent.

Overview of the local recruitment process

Local recruitment provides councils with the opportunity to utilise the NGDP to recruit the best of their local talent. This can include, but is not limited to, anyone that lives/works/studies in your area. Councils are supported to market the programme locally and candidates they attract are ringfenced for them. All local candidates progress through the standard recruitment process within the same timeframe as those that have applied to the national campaign ensuring there is no compromise on quality and local candidates experiences mirrors any other applicant as much as possible.

You will advertise your campaign, but the Local Government Association (LGA) will host applications on your behalf using a standard application form (a link to the application portal is provided), you have immediate access to shortlist applications based on your definition of a local candidate and have until 7 January 2022 to shortlist.

You are responsible for shortlisting applications in line with your definition of what you consider to be a “local” candidate. To aid you in defining local candidates, the NGDP team’s definition has been included in this document should you wish to adopt this as your own.

Overview of the process – the LGA hosts your application using the standard application template.

You will:

  • receive and return a short information form to allow us to set you up on our applicant tracking system (Jobtrain)
  • receive a shareable link to use on your advert/website, which links to an application page hosted by the LGA
  • your applicants will immediately receive their situational judgement test to complete when applying
  • gain access to view and shortlist applications live and will shortlist based on your criteria for local candidates – the LGA participates in anonymised recruitment at shortlisting stage (you will not see individual EDI data or personal details, only answers to application questions).

Process of local recruitment

  • The application form has been finalised and hosted by the LGA.
  • You can amend your advert text (hosted on your own website).
  • You will gain access to shortlist your candidates using a simple two-step process.

Things to consider

  • You must sign up for the NGDP by 1 October 2021.
  • The application form cannot be amended due to the large volume of councils we support but the form has been designed with council objectives in mind.
  • The LGA uses an anonymous recruitment process so you will not see the names of applicants or their EDI data – however, once shortlisting has concluded you will receive candidate details at interview stage.
  • Shortlisting must be completed by the 7 January 2022 at the latest.

Once you have shortlisted, the NGDP then facilitates the assessment of your nominated local candidates in line with national candidates to ensure they meet the same standard.

Successful candidates will become part of the national cohort with access to NGDP learning and development, networks and knowledge events.

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Support from the NGDP – your contacts

Both the NGDP and NGDP support team are available to support you during your local recruitment campaign. Each team is responsible for different areas of the process and the role of the NGDP support team, who will assist in the recruitment side, has been outlined below for ease of reference.

The NGDP team NGDP@local.gov.uk are available to offer guidance and support on:

  • queries related to the programme including what it is expected from you as a participating council
  • marketing, attraction and workshops

The NGDP support team (NGDP.support@local.gov.uk) are available to offer guidance and support on:

  • opening applications – the NGDP support team will open your applications and provide you with a link which you publish on your website to direct candidate to apply via the LGA’s portal
  • accessing the LGA Jobtrain portal – including how to view candidate status’ and how to shortlist

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Before you begin your local recruitment journey with us

If you have not received these documents please contact NGDP@local.gov.uk who will provide them for you.

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The application and shortlisting overview – anonymous recruitment

The LGA has adopted anonymous recruitment for all applications. This means that the LGA’s HR team have anonymised all applications within our recruitment system Jobtrain.

The anonymised recruitment process is extended to the local recruiting managers and therefore, at shortlisting stage you will not be able to see the personal details (including EDI responses) of the candidates applying to your campaign. Instead, you will be able to see the unique candidate ID of each candidate and their responses to the application questions.

Councils will be able to view personal details for successful candidates after Stage 3 assessment centres in order to organise interviews.

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Why have we moved to anonymised recruitment?

Anonymous job applications have the potential to remove or reduce some discriminatory hiring barriers facing applicants from minority and other disadvantaged groups. When implemented, anonymous job applications help to shift the sole focus towards the skills and qualifications of that application.

Our commitment to fair representation on the programme is embedded throughout our recruitment and delivery strategy. The NGDP places graduates in councils across the country so, it is imperative that our cohorts are as diverse as the communities they serve. In recent years we underwent an independent equality and diversity review and we continue to improve and evolve our recruitment practice every year.

When will I know the candidates' names?

When shortlisting, you will use the candidate ID instead of names and be able to view their responses to assessment questions and the education field.

You will not see the EDI data during the shortlisting process.

After applications have been shortlisted and outcomes for Stage 3 assessments have been delivered, the NGDP team will inform you of your shortlisted candidates by their full names and provide you with their contact details.

Should you have any questions, please contact the team NGDP.support@local.gov.uk

 

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The application and shortlisting process

Step 1 – setting you up

After you have completed and returned the contact form, a member of the NGDP support team will reach out to you to confirm the following with you:

  • Your contact details and the names of any other people shortlisting you would like to have access to applications.
  • Your definition of local – it is important that applicants understand your definition of a local candidate before applying. This should be made clear on your advert to ensure applicants know they are suitable to apply for your local campaign before following the link to apply. The LGA will also make the definition clear on the landing page of the application portal so candidates can determine if they meet your criteria.

In return and by 13 October, you will receive a link that will direct individuals to the application page for your local campaign. You can share this link on your website and in any communications you share to promote your campaign.

You will also receive a login for Jobtrain which is the LGA’s applicant tracking system. This log in allows you access to view all applications in real time and begin shortlisting.

Step 2 - Shortlisting

The shortlisting is your responsibility and you are able to shortlist against your own definition of what you consider to be a local candidate and the quality of response provided in response to the application questions. Candidates who meet the essential criteria should be shortlisted (education, right to work and meets your definition of local).

You are able to:

  • Shortlist whilst the applications are live (to stagger and complete in smaller chunks)
  • Shortlist in bulk after your applications have closed

The shortlisting process is a simple, two-step process and our NGDP support team are available to support you with the system should you need this.

Please refer to the timeline (Appendix C) to ensure you plan suitably as there is a set date you must complete your shortlisting by.

The advert/promoting your campaign

It is your responsibility to promote the campaign using your own website. The only difference will be that instead of candidates applying using your recruitment site, they will click a link within your advert that directs them to an application page on the LGA’s portal.

The NGDP support team provide this link for you.

When the candidate clicks the link on your advert or website, they will come to an information page before they can submit an application. This cannot be amended but is for the LGA to ensure that candidates understand the local process and how their data will be used.

Definition of a local candidate & eligibility criteria

As the recruiting authority, you are responsible for setting your own eligibility criteria for local candidates.

However, to help you the NGDP Team have established their definition of a local candidate that you may wish to use.

The NGDP determine that in order to be a local candidate, the applicant has to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Went to school in, and/or still have close family/carers living in the borough (school must have been attended for 4+ years in that borough).
  • Have lived or worked in the borough for 4+ years NOT for the purpose of university.
  • Have lived in the borough for 4+ years AFTER attending university.

The content of the application form (Appendix B) will be the same for all local recruitment job posts and therefore asks open questions on the criteria listed above, so that you as the council can be flexible on your definition of a local candidate. For example, you may only want to accept applications from candidates who have lived in the borough for 5+ years.

Candidates who are shortlisted by you as meeting your definition of a local candidates must also meet the essential criteria set for the NGDP.

To apply, candidates must have a 2.2 undergraduate degree in any subject by summer 2022 and be required to provide documentary evidence of their entitlement to work in the UK (in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006).

The NGDP is unable to apply to sponsor a visa for candidates who do not have the right to work in the UK.

Please refer to Appendix C for information on shortlisting.

After you have advertised and shortlisted

Now that you have shortlisted your desired candidates they will begin their journey through the recruitment and assessment process alongside our national candidates.

The NGDP support team will ensure that any unsuitable candidates receive an outcome advising that they have been unsuccessful for your local campaign and they will be signposted to the national campaign.

The NGDP support team will now look at the candidates you have selected as successfully meeting your criteria alongside the essential criteria (2.2 or higher grade and right to work) and scoring boundaries for the online test at Stage 1 of the process. There will be two possible outcomes for those your selected:

  • The candidate has not met the criteria and pass boundary and will be unsuccessful at Stage 1.
  • The candidate has met the criteria and met or exceeded the pass boundary and will be successful at Stage 1.

In some instances, we have candidates who are a few marks off the pass boundary. Where this occurs, you will be approached for your decision on whether you would like to take them through to the next stage. This is an opportunity that is only extended to local campaigns and is in the gift of the council to decide whether to take them through. This choice will be given to councils at each stage of the assessment process.

Things to consider:

The NGDP will deliver all outcomes as standard for each stage. If you would like to send a personalised message to either unsuccessful or successful candidates we will support you in doing so via the NGDP support team (NGDP.support@local.gov.uk)  

To remind you, the NGDP has three assessment stages before interviews.

The first stage, as outlined above, is one online test – the situational judgement test.

The second stage is a video interview.

The third stage is the assessment centres. Candidates are required to undertake a presentation exercise, written exercise and group exercise. 

Stage 4 – the Interview

As your candidates will interview exclusively with your council you are able to host your interviews as early as April. For candidates successful at assessment centres they are guaranteed an interview with you at this stage. They are not guaranteed a job offer.

Interviews can be booked after outcomes are delivered to candidates on the 21 April 2022.

It is recommended that you hold your local interviews ahead of interviews for national candidates so that you are clear on how many places you have offered to locals ahead of the national pool.

Alternatively, you may wish to host your interviews for local and national candidates on the same day. If you choose to do so, you cannot interview national candidates until 1 June 2022 as the national candidates are required to complete an additional stage to the local candidates, whereby they choose their preferred councils.

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Appendix A - Advert text: a template for council use

An introduction to this template document - The NGDP has put together a template advert text should you wish to use this in your local recruitment campaign.

Template Advert – Local Recruitment for the NGDP

Local Recruitment for the National Graduate Programme (NGDP) – Name of your council

Opportunity for local candidates to apply to become a National Management Trainee on the NGDP on a fixed term contract until August 2023 for Name of your council

Closing Date: Date specified by you (the closing date must be no later than midday on 6 January 2022)

Department: Varied

Hours Per week: 35

Salary: The salary must be no less than £25,991

Please read before applying

Should you choose to apply to this role please note that your application will be held by the Local Government Association (LGA) who host the NGDP. As the employer, we will have access to view essential details that allow us to shortlist against our criteria for local candidates. You can find more information regarding the LGA’s privacy statement on the application page (follow link below)

Your local application will progress in the same timeframe as the NGDP’s national campaign and you will be assessed alongside national candidates. The NGDP facilitates the assessment of all nominated local candidates in line with national candidates to ensure they meet the same standard. Successful candidates will become part of the national cohort with access to NGDP learning and development, networks and knowledge events, but will be exclusively interviewed by their chosen council as a successful local candidate.

The requirements

In order to apply for our local position for the chance to be our local National Management Trainee, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must live, work or study in Name the borough
  • If you meet the above, must have at least Insert number of years years in the borough
  • You will have obtained a 2.2 undergraduate degree in any subject by summer 2022
  • You have the right to work in the UK without employer sponsorship (successful applicants be required to provide documentary evidence of their entitlement to work in the UK (in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006). The NGDP is unable to apply to sponsor a visa for candidates who do not have the right to work in the UK).

The role

Tackle youth unemployment. Fight social isolation. Improve social housing.

The national graduate development programme for local government (NGDP) is recruiting over 120 talented National Management Trainees for its Autumn 2022 intake. Successful applicants will have two years to influence some of society’s big issues, from social care and housing to education and the environment, while training to be one of local government’s next generation of managers. It is the only national graduate programme specifically for local government.

Here at Name of your council, our biggest issues are [detail here] and we are looking for insert number of candidates from the local area to help to influence on tackling these issues.

Employed on a two year fixed-term contract, trainees rotate between different placements to develop their skills and knowledge alongside studying for a postgraduate-level certificate from the Institute for Leadership and Management (ILM). This is a varied and prestigious programme which has a high record of success placing graduates in positions of management in local government upon completion of the scheme.

By applying as a local candidate for our local authority, successful applicants who reach the final stage of the recruitment process will be guaranteed an interview with us after April 2022.

About you

We support the NGDP’s goal to recruit graduates from all different backgrounds, universities and degree disciplines; our aim is to reflect the diverse community that we serve. We are looking for people who have the right values and attitudes and who can demonstrate their motivation for a career in the public sector, and who is genuinely interested in the borough.

Successful applicants will need to demonstrate their understanding of the NGDP’s key skills and behaviours through a competitive, multi-stage application process. Local candidates participate in the same process as national candidates but have the advantage of a guaranteed interview with their desired authority.

Candidates can apply only once each year to the NGDP and candidates that choose to apply for a local role cannot apply to the national scheme alongside the local application. For further information please visit https://www.local.gov.uk/national-graduate-development-programme or contact the NGDP support team at NGDP.support@local.gov.uk    

You can apply here (insert link provided by the LGA) and will be taken to the LGA’s landing page. Please ensure you read the information provided very carefully.

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Appendix B - An outline of what is included in the local application form (standard)

Introduction to the application for all local campaigns

The NGDP has designed a standard application template for councils. This has been designed with councils' objectives in mind and cannot be amended. The questions allow for flexibility to shortlist based on your own shortlisting criteria.

Below is an outline only and the candidates will see a sophisticated application in the LGA applicant tracking system, Jobtrain. If you would like to see what the candidates see, please  email NGDP.support@local.gov.uk to request a copy.

The local application will mirror the NGDP application with regards to the following sections:

  • Pre-screening questions – to ensure candidates have the right level of education and right to work,
  • Personal details – name, contact details and where they found this opportunity.
  • Equal Opps – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion data including social mobility questions.
  • Education/University details – degree level education required.
  • Additional Info – criminal convictions declaration.
  • All applicants for the LGA have to agree to the LGA’s privacy policy before they proceed to the application.

The local application additionally includes:

  • an additional pre-assessment question
  • assessment questions
  • declaration of interest question.

The key areas for the local application are the pre-assessment and assessment which are unique to the local applicant process. we have outlined below what is included as standard within those two parts of the application.

Pre-screening – the qualifying questions

For each applicant, we have three questions that must be answered “yes” in order to proceed with an application.

  • Have you obtained or, are you predicted a 2:2 at University by August 2022?
  • Do you have the right to work within the UK without employer sponsorship?
  • Please confirm the following:
    • I understand that by completing this form that I am applying as a local candidate for the authority advertising this position as part of the wider NGDP campaign. In proceeding with this application I accept that parts of my application will be reviewed by the local authority in order for them to shortlist. This is the correct answer and will take them through to complete the application.
    • I do not wish for the local authority to view my application and do not wish to proceed. Applicants who select this option will not proceed with an application.

Assessment questions – to aid councils in their shortlisting process

Section description: The council recruiting for this local campaign will have access to view your responses in order to shortlist against their criteria for local candidates. Please ensure you have thoroughly read the advert for this opportunity and understand the process.

1) Please select the council that you are applying to be considered a local candidate for:

The candidate will then select your council from a list of all councils that are participating in the local recruitment process.

2) Do you live, work or study in the borough?

a) Possible answers: Live, Work, Study, Live & Work, Live & Study or Neither

3) For how long have you lived, worked or studied in the borough?  

a) Possible answers: 0-1 years, 1-2 years, 2-3 years, 3-4 years, 4-5 years, 5+ years

4) If you do not currently live in the borough, have you previously lived/worked/studied in the borough for three years or more?

a) Possible answers: Yes, No

5) If your circumstances are not reflected in the above question please use the free text box to explain your connection to the borough

a) an optional free text box will be used to respond to this question

6) Do you have close family living in the borough that you are applying to be a local candidate for?

a) Possible answers: Yes, No, I don’t know

7) Do you currently work for the council that is advertising this local NGDP opportunity?

a) Possible answers: Yes, No

8) Why are you interested in working for this council?

a) Word limit – 400 words

9) The NGDP provides graduates with an opportunity to gain the skills and experience required to take on a leadership role within local government. What key strengths do you have that you believe makes you the right candidate for this opportunity and what areas are you keen to develop?

a) Word limit 400 words

10) What is your lived experience of the local area?

a) Word limit – 400 words

The following question is important to ensure a fair and open process. Please disclose below any family or personal relationships where this may put you in a position where this may be considered a conflict of interest – for example, where that person may be on the interview panel at the end of this process. We will not share details of your application with any individuals named and this information will be viewed by the placement coordinator only.

11) Are you related to, or in a relationship with an employee of the local authority advertising this opportunity?

a) Possible answers: Yes, No, I do not wish to disclose

  • If yes, please provide their full name and position in the organisation

 

Appendix C - How to shortlist your applications on Jobtrain

Note: the candidate names used in this document are dummy candidates and does not display personal data belonging to any previous or current candidates.

1. Log onto Jobtrain

Log in details will be sent to you directly once the NGDP support team have received your completed contact form, which is required in order to set you up on Jobtrain.

If you have not received this please contact NGDP.support@local.gov.uk

Once you have logged in the first time, you will be forced to change the password.

2. View candidates

Select jobs & talent top on the top right hand corner.

3. Shortlist candidates

By clicking on the candidate’s name, you will then be able to see their application.

You can tab through the various categories of the application: Personal, Education, Additional info and Equal Opps

Following your local shortlisting process, if the candidates is suitable you can change the status to: ‘Recommend Interview’. If you feel the candidate is unsuitable, please can change the status to ‘Recommend Reject’ the status change option can be found on the right hand side.

Once you have finished reviewing the candidate you can move onto the next candidate by selecting it on the left hand side.

4. Complete shortlisting by 7 January 2022 at the latest

The deadline date for candidates to apply and complete their tests is at midday on the 5 January 2022. You must complete your shortlisting by close of play on Friday the 7 January 2022.

We recommend that you consider shortlisting during the application period or setting an earlier closing date to allow time for you to shortlist. Some councils receive between 50-200 applications so you need to allow sufficient resource to shortlist as we will be unable to offer an extension. The dates set have an impact on the scoring and an extension may lead to delays in the overall recruitment process.

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Appendix D - Timeline for councils participating in the local recruitment

Key dates

Councils sign up deadline Friday 1 October 2021

Local application launch date Wednesday 20 October 2022

Stage one: Applications open and applicants apply

Applications and SJT close Wednesday 5 January 2022 (at 12pm)

All candidates must complete:

1. Application form

2. Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

Council shortlisting deadline Friday 7 January 2022 (by 4pm)

Shortlisting can be completed between 20 October – 7 January 2022

Outcome of Stage One announced to applicants and councils Tuesday 25 January 2022 (from 12pm)

Launch of Stage Two: Video interview link sent to successful applicants

Outcome of Stage 2 - Video Interview Thursday 24 February 2022 (from 12pm)

Launch of Stage Three: Invites to Assessment Centres sent to applicants by this date

Assessment bookings close (9am) Thursday 3 March 2022 (by 9am for candidates, from 2pm for HR)

Virtual assessment centres Thursday 10 March 2022 - Thursday 24 March 2022

Stage Four: Outcome delivered to candidates Thursday 21 April 2022 (from 12pm)

Councils informed of successful local candidates and provided with application details to arrange interviews Friday 22 April 2022 (from 12pm)

National candidate interviews Wednesday 1 June – Wednesday 22 June 2022

L&amp;L team communicate offers to NMTs Monday 27 June 2022 – Friday 1 July (will realistically begin on Tuesday 21 June/Wednesday 22 June 2022)

- start calling those who have multiple offers; progress to those on waiting lists as these may firm up

- email those with no offers and say that 2nd round of interviews may occur

Appendix E - FAQs for councils participating in the local recruitment process

General application queries and FAQ’s at Stage 1

How do I set up the LGA’s job advert on our ATS/recruitment system for our local candidates to sign up to?

The NGDP support team will provide you with a link directing candidates to an application portal on the LGA’s job site. Only those who click the link will be directed to apply and this will ensure that candidates have to view your advert on your website in order to go through to the application page.

How you set up the link on your website is up to you to decide. You may wish to post the link on your council website or your careers site.

What does my access on Jobtrain allow me to do?

You will be able to view the candidate’s applications, their status (i.e. they have been successful at stage X, rejected at stage X)

You will also have access to shortlist and should refer to the shortlisting instructions attached in this e-pack.

Who will do the shortlisting of applications?

You are responsible for shortlisting your candidates applications based on your eligibility criteria for what you define as being a local candidate and the quality of responses to the application questions.

Once you have shortlisted, the NGDP support team will check to ensure that those shortlisted have met the essential criteria which is declaring that they have the right to work in the UK and a 2.2 or higher in their university education. Please be advised that the ngdp team will not be responsible for undertaking pre-employment checks and will not ask for evidence of right to work or degree – it is the responsibility of the council to undertake pre-employment checks as per the councils internal recruitment process.

After double checking candidates meet the essential criteria, the NGDP support team will shortlist based on the assessment scores at each stage.

Stage 1 – Online Test (Situational judgement test)

Stage 2 – Video interview

Stage 3 – Assessment centres (presentation, group & written exercise)

What do I do if the candidate informs me that they want to withdraw?

You can direct them to the NGDP.support@local.gov.uk who can process this for them or they can log in to their candidate portal and withdraw their own application.

You can view withdrawals in your portal on Jobtrain.

The candidate has identified themselves as having a disability, how does the NGDP support them?

The NGDP has a positive approach to equalities and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. With this in mind if a candidate requires any assistance in sitting the tests or in other stages of the process, please email our support team at NGDP.support@local.gov.uk 

If additional time is required, we ask the candidates at every stage to contact us by emailing NGDP.support@local.gov.uk with their applicant ID number/name and a copy of the letter/report which confirms the requirements. We will then make the arrangements with the assessment provider.

What do the application status’ mean when I go into jobtrain?

1) New application - This is a new application; the candidate has completed their application and situational judgement test.

2) NEXT STAGE – only HR & the contact for the council will see this.

3) Recommend reject - This is used for shortlisting purposes only and confirms to the LGA that you would like to reject the candidate as they do not meet the criteria. The candidate will not see this status/decision until they receive their outcome – instead, they will see “application being reviewed” on their side of the application portal.

4) Recommend interview – by selecting this, it does not mean that you are guaranteeing the candidate an interview. This is used for shortlisting purposes only and confirms to the LGA that you would like to take the candidate through. The candidate will not see this status/decision until they receive their outcome – instead, they will see “application being reviewed” on their side of the application portal.

5) Rejected at stage [1/2/3] – the candidate has been unsuccessful in this stage of the process

6) Invite to video interview – the candidate is invited to complete their video interview and has been successful at stage 1

7) Invite to assessment centre – the candidate is invited to book their preferred date for assessment centres (has been successful at stage 2)

 

Before we proceed into stage two, the scores for the SJT will be shortlisted by HR. You will be notified of whether the candidate has been successful or unsuccessful in stage one – this is why it is important to ensure we have the correct email for the main contact in your team.

 

What do I do if the candidate can’t access their tests?

For any technical support with taking the tests please ask the candidate to contact NGDP.support@local.co.uk

When will we be notified of the result of the tests/who my candidates are at stage 1?

Council representatives will be notified of the outcomes after 12pm on the Tuesday 25 January 2022 and can log into the portal to view the results.

Can we have an extension for our candidates to complete the tests?

No, we cannot grant extensions for candidates after 5 January 2022. All applicants have until midday on the 5 January 2022. An extension on the tests could have time implications for the next stage.

We remind councils to sign up to the local recruitment process as soon as possible to allow candidates adequate time to apply and complete the test.

FAGs at Stage 2

How does the candidate access their video interviews?

The candidate will be sent a link by the NGDP support team to give access to the video interview platform and can complete this on their laptop, tablet or mobile device. 

Who assesses the video interview?

We have a dedicated and experienced external team who review the videos provided by candidates against criteria set by the NGDP.

The assessors only have access to listen to the audio to minimise unconscious bias.

What adjustments can be made for candidates who may be visually impaired or unable to perform a video interview?

We will make adjustments on an individual basis however, our most common adjustment is for the candidate to receive the questions via telephone, where one of the NGDP team will record their answers and allow them suitable time to answer, in order to get the best out of the candidate.

FAQs at Stage 3

Where do the assessments take place? Do we need to host them?

This year assessments will take place online in a virtual atmosphere.

We will provide more detail from January 2022 to confirm the virtual assessment provider and answer any questions from councils participating.

You do not need to attend or host the assessments.

Will our candidates be assessed alongside national candidates?

Yes, all candidates from the national pool and local candidates attend the same assessments and are assessed against the same criteria.

Will our candidates be invited to attend the information day following the assessment centres?

No. You are reminded to let your candidates know that they will not be invited to an information day after assessment centres as they have chosen to be a candidate for you exclusively. Your candidate can be invited to interview with you after the outcome of stage three has been announced at the end of April 2022.

Will our candidates receive a copy of their feedback at assessment centres?

Yes. All candidates, whether successful or unsuccessful, will receive a copy of their assessments feedback by July 2022  at the latest.

FAQs at Stage 4

Does the NGDP organise the local interviews?

No. You are responsible for contacting the candidate following their outcome at stage 3 to organise their interview with them. The NGDP support team will guide you during this handover of communication with the candidate. However, you are expected to inform the NGDP team of when these interviews will be taking place and the resulting outcomes.

Does an interview guarantee the candidate a job at my authority?

No. Whilst we expect that the candidate will be a good fit for your authority, given that they are a local candidate, the interview remains the same as any other interview you hold during your recruitment. In the event that the candidate is not suitable at interview please inform the NGDP team immediately.

If a candidate is unsuccessful, who is responsible for letting the candidate know?

As above, in the event that the candidate is not suitable at interview please inform the NGDP team immediately.

You are responsible for informing the candidate of their outcome, either successful or unsuccessful and we remind you to copy in the NGDP@local.gov.uk team at this stage.

Will the candidate be interviewing with other councils?

No. Unlike the national candidates, a local candidate will have chosen to only be considered for a position with your council. They will interview exclusively with you.

If a candidate is successful, who is responsible for undertaking pre-employment checks?

You are responsible for undertaking the pre-employment checks for the successful candidate/s as part of your normal recruitment process when making an offer of employment and before issuing a contract of employment.

If you have a question that is not covered by this document please contact the team at NGDP.support@local.gov.uk who will be happy to answer your query.