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Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council
Town Hall
Coton Road
CV11 5AA

Tel (Non-schools): 024 7637 6376
Web: www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/

Working for us

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is a small authority with BIG values.

Located in the heart of England, both Nuneaton and Bedworth have excellent rail and motorway links, opening both towns up to the rest of the country. Whilst we are administered by one local authority, Nuneaton and Bedworth remain independent towns with distinctive histories and features.

We offer a wide range of job opportunities from refuse and cleansing roles, which directly serve our local community, to behind the scenes administrative roles; providing essential support to our front line professionals.

As a Council we aim to support employees in achieving a work-life balance and provide agile working options where ever possible. We seek employees that are adaptable to change, and encourage our employees to try out new things whilst continuing to make a valuable contribution to the services we offer to the local community.

We firmly believe that Nuneaton and Bedworth is the place of choice to live, work & visit.

Whilst we have different challenges, we still share the same values. We try to do excellent work with honesty, integrity and pride and also place particular importance on working together.

Our values are….

  • Service for our customers – We put our customers first in everything we do
  • Integrity in our actions – We are open, honest and fair; communicate accurately and keep our promises. We act within the law and the Council’s Constitution and policies.
  • Accountability for our performance – We accept personal responsibility, not seeking to blame others and apologise if we get things wrong
  • Co-operation with Councillors, colleagues and partners – We share ideas, knowledge and resources; we are friendly towards, listen to and respect each other, and work in teams to deliver excellence
  • Objectivity in our decisions – We base our decisions on evidence, welcome challenge and take account of alternative opinions and the wider picture
  • Efficiency to keep overall costs down – We constantly improve our value for money, learning from good practice, eliminating waste, and making the most of our assets.

How to apply

Our Council is committed to ensuring that Nuneaton and Bedworth is the place to live, visit and work.

Our recruitment and selection process supports this aim, by seeking to recruit the most suitable candidate with the appropriate qualifications; skills and experience for vacancies. Therefore only those applicants that demonstrate they meet all the essential criteria on our person specifications, will be shortlisted for an interview.

We recognise our obligation to safeguarding children and adults with care and support needs (vulnerable adults). The Council will adhere where possible to the principles of Safer Recruitment/Employment and will refer to guidance issued by the Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board and/or the Warwickshire Safeguarding Adults Board.

Your application form plays an important part in our selection process, it decides whether you will be short-listed for an interview.

All job applications should be made via our online application form. Please note we do not accept C.V’s.

Job Description/ Person Specification/Job Profile

Our job description details the duties of the post, whilst the person specification lists the skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience required. Where a job profile is given, this further clarifies the requirements for the role by assessing the level of competence required. This should be read in conjunction with our Competency Framework.

Here are a few handy tips, to get you started:

  • Read the job description and advert thoroughly, this will help you think about how you can draw upon your skills and experience and then match these against the criteria set out in the person specification.

  • Analyse your present and previous jobs, it will help uncover `hidden' skills that you have taken for granted. Also think about any relevant experience gained through education, community, voluntary or leisure interests.

Can you give examples to show that you have the necessary requirements for the job?

Education, Training and Qualifications

Ensure that you list all your relevant qualifications and training details, especially those specific to the post. You will be asked to provide certificates to support this, if you are successful.

Employment/Work Experience

Provide accurate information, listed in the date order. Include details of any community, voluntary or unpaid work that has equipped you with additional skills. 

Additional Information

This is where you make your case:  it is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet the person specification criteria and why you are suitable for the role.

  • Write in a clear, concise manner highlighting the skills, experience and qualities you can bring to our Council.
  • Gear your application for the specific job, rather than for a series of jobs, unless it is appropriate to do so.
  • Provide as much information on relevant experience, skills and qualifications you can bring to the role and wherever possible, provide examples to support your application.
  • Do not repeat your current duties.  Only pick out the skills knowledge and experience relevant to the job description and person specification.
  • Remember if you don’t tell us we won’t know! We will not make any assumptions about you or your abilities - even if you already work for the Council.


You will need to provide details of at least two referees, one of which has to be your most recent employer: the other can be a character reference.  If you have no previous employment to refer to then the referee could be a school/college/university tutor. 

What Happens Next?

Successful applicants will be invited to a face to face interview and/or assessment. The interview panel will be made up of at least two people.

If you have not heard back from us within 28 days after the closing date then you can assume that unfortunately, you have not been selected for an interview on this occasion.

Conditional Offer / Pre-Employment Checks

Once the interview panel has reached their decision, a conditional offer of employment will be made to the successful candidate. The offer is subject to the receipt of satisfactory references, right to work in the UK, satisfactory medical clearance and any other criteria such as proof of qualifications, plus any clearances relevant to the vacancy (such as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks if appropriate to the role). As part of the safer recruitment agenda, there is a requirement by the Council to carry out enhanced DBS checks on posts that are deemed to be defined as working in a regulated activity. These checks will apply to positions which are exempt under various legislation to include the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 1996 and the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Further guidance on which posts may require a DBS check is available in the DBS Policy and Guidance.

Once all relevant pre-employment checks are complete, a start date for employment will be confirmed and a formal contract of employment will be issued.

Please note all our appointments are subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period (usually 6 months).

Recruitment Policy (pdf)
Competency Framework (pdf)

Learning & Development

Learning and Development

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council understands our responsibility as an employer to provide learning and development opportunities.

We recognise our employees as a valuable resource and are therefore committed to the investment of time and financial resources to support the learning and development of our workforce. We offer a wide range of learning opportunities for our employees including:

  • In-house training sessions/corporate courses
  • E-learning  - we have around 200 e-learning courses available  including health and safety, social care, customer service skills and leadership skills.
  • External sessions - we have access to a number of courses either run by neighbouring Councils or organised by ourselves but run externally.
  • Directorate specific courses - these courses are specific to a particular Directorate and as such will provide training or qualifications that benefit either specific job roles or that Directorate.
  • Post Entry Training Scheme - for programmes that are longer than 1 or 2 days and result in a service specific qualification.
  • Leadership and management development programmes -We have access to a number of Leadership and Management Development programmes for different levels of managerial experience.
  • NVQs, BTec, and literacy and numeracy qualifications - There are certain restrictions around who qualifies for the funding. Which vary depending upon the scheme but will usually be around age and qualifications already obtained.
  •  Coaching - As an organisation we have access for managers to Coaching via the West Midlands Employers Coaching Pool.

We also encourage individual growth and development outside the organisation and offer the following:

Apprenticeship Schemes

We offer a number of apprenticeships aimed at 16 to 24 years, providing valuable work experience while undertaking further study. All of our apprenticeship opportunities are advertised on wmjobs.co.uk

Voluntary Work Placements

We also offer unpaid voluntary work placements in many of our service areas, providing valuable work experience and helping individuals towards obtaining future paid employment either within or outside of our organisation.

Work Experience

We also liaise with local schools to provide work experience to school pupils in order to provide them with an insight into how the Council operates.

If you are interested in unpaid placements/work experience, then please email hr.services@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk


Benefits & Rewards

Benefits and Rewards

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council recognises the need to recruit and retain employees and therefore offers a wide range of benefits including:-

  • Work-life balance – the Council aims to support employees in achieving a work-life balance and has a number of initiatives in place to support this. These include: a job sharing policy, career break scheme, flexible working policy, flexitime scheme, parental leave scheme, time off for dependants and maternity support leave and childcare voucher scheme.
  • Agile working - as a Council we embrace the concept that work is an activity that we do, rather than a place we go to. With this in mind, the Council encourages agile working (for non-fixed roles), which provides greater flexibility and aids employees in their work/life balance.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) – employees can gain access to a pension scheme, which provides a secure future income, independent of share prices and stock market fluctuations. LGPS Members also receive the benefit of tax-efficient savings and lower National Insurance contributions plus the Council meets the balance of the cost of providing your benefits into the LGPS.
  • Generous holiday – our employees (with the exception of Craft workers) receive 24 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 29 days after 5 years continuous service).
    Our Craft workers currently receive 21 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 26 days after 5 years continuous service (which is currently under negotiation).
  • Wider Wallets – all our employees gain access to offers and permanent discounts to everyday savings, ranging from discounts on high street stores to offers on days outs.
  • Health and Wellbeing – our in-house Sports Development Team operate regular work place challenges, health checks and MOT’s. Employees also receive discounted gym and leisure membership.
  • Travel, car allowances and schemes – mileage allowances are paid for using cars/cycles for Council business. In addition, Level 1 car users are provided with a car park pass. The Council also offers a car lease scheme to all employees, earning over the minimum wage. We also operate a Cycle salary sacrifice scheme.
  • Job evaluation – the majority of roles, are based on a competency framework and paid according to the scoring of the job profile, so all roles performing the same duties are paid equally.

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