Newcastle – How to apply

Important advice on completing your application

The decision to invite you for longlist (first) interview is based on the information you give in your application. Available via this website, you can access a Job Description and Person Specification (JDPS) – provided when you fill out brief details on the “About the role” webpage. You should read this carefully as the information will help you to decide if you wish to apply for the job. The “Job Description” section lists the duties and priorities of the role, the “Person Specification” lists the experience, skills, abilities, knowledge and personal characteristics needed to do the job.

Please see further information in the tabs below.

Please note that the timetable may change. Any changes will be indicated on this recruitment website. If in doubt, please contact us to discuss.

We have provided more information on this Proventure website that will help you to produce your application. Please take your time to review this before sending your documents to us. The information provided will give you the tools you need to maximise the impact of your application.

If you have any queries about this appointment, about your application, or would like an informal and confidential discussion, please contact Mark Tobin on 07717 725 844 or Stephen Cooley on 07747 698829. They will be pleased to take your call.

Please contact Proventure Consulting on 0161 835 3377 if you have a disability and wish to make alternative arrangements. If you have difficulty in completing your application we will be happy to consider an alternative application, eg: tape or Braille.

Should you require any adjustments to be made to the selection process arising from any disability please notify us of your needs.

More Information

Timetable

MilestoneDate
Closing date10am Monday 5th November
Technical (First) InterviewTuesday 27th or Wednesday 28th November at NCC
Assessment centre and Final Panel interviewWednesday 12th and Thursday 13th December

Help in compiling your application can be found on the Proventure Website. Your application for the role should be made up of:

  • A completed CV
  • covering letter, explaining your interest in the role and outline of your current salary package. Also, please include details of any connections or relationships you may have with employees, councillors or their families at Newcastle City Council.
  • response  to the 9 Qualifications and Experience items found in Part One of the Person Specification. Note To access the relevant JD and PS  (if you have not already done so) please go to the role’s specific web page. Here you can fill out your contact details, click submit and you will be taken to another webpage where a PDF link for the JD+PS will be present. It might be worth saving the JD+PS PDF for future use to save you time filling out your details again.
  • A completed NCC Equal Opportunities Form
    (Depending on your internet browser you may need to “save link as” to save file and then be able to view this Word document).

Please indicate in your covering letter if there are any dates when you would be unavailable for interview.

In responding to the 9 criteria items, you should consider your own experience and suitability for the role. We suggest that you take each criteria item individually and then provide your evidence point by point. For each item outline the role in which you have shown the necessary experience and how you have demonstrated this (the skills and behaviours you have displayed). You should then provide one good example for each item, describing the challenge or issue you faced, what you did and the outcome achieved. Outcomes should be concrete, clearly quantified or evidenced.

You should aim to use no more than one third or half a page for each item response to the criteria; bullet points are OK. Please do not get fixated on the length of the application but try to avoid being over long.

Please also provide the names, positions, organisations, email address and telephone contact numbers of two individuals who could be approached as referees, one of which should be from your existing/last employer. We will only approach referees if you are invited to attend the final stages of the process, and will only do so having first requested your permission. Also, please outline your current remuneration and any dates on which you would be unavailable for interview.

Please remember to complete the NCC Equal Opportunities Form. We use the information to help us in assessing the effectiveness of our Equal Opportunities Policy.

Applications should be emailed to Elaine Smith pv@proventureconsulting.co.uk with the job number and title in the subject field:

Assistant Director – Education and Skills – Newcastle City Council Ref: 742

If necessary, post applications to:

Stephen Cooley
Proventure Consulting Ltd
Blackfriars House, Parsonage
Manchester
M3 2JA

Please note that the timetable may change. Any changes will be indicated on this recruitment website. If in doubt, please contact us to discuss.

We have provided more information on this Proventure website that will help you to produce your application. Please take your time to review this before sending your documents to us. The information provided will give you the tools you need to maximise the impact of your application.

If you have any queries about this appointment, about your application, or would like an informal and confidential discussion, please contact Mark Tobin on 07717 725 844 or Stephen Cooley on 07747 698829. They will be pleased to take your call.

Please contact Proventure Consulting on 0161 835 3377 if you have a disability and wish to make alternative arrangements. If you have difficulty in completing your application we will be happy to consider an alternative application, eg: tape or Braille.

Should you require any adjustments to be made to the selection process arising from any disability please notify us of your needs.