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Wychavon and Malvern Hills District Councils

HR Shared Service Team
Civic Centre
Queen Elizabeth Drive
Pershore
Worcestershire
WR10 1PT

Tel: 01386 565240

Email: HR@Wychavon.gov.uk
Web: www.wychavon.gov.uk

Working for us

Wychavon and Malvern Hills District Councils are great places to work, with high levels of resident satisfaction and motivated staff who enjoy working for us.

Located in south Worcestershire, both districts boast beautiful natural environments, a rich heritage and plenty to do and see. The districts are ranked the top two best rural places to live in the West Midlands and are amongst the top 30 in the country.

We pride ourselves on being progressive organisations who spend our time and energy on what we know matters to our residents and communities – things like creating jobs, keeping the streets clean, helping people feel safe and preventing homelessness.

Our staff are at the heart of what we do, and as a result we are always looking to recruit, develop and retain the very best talent we can find.  That's why, as well as a satisfying job, we offer a range of attractive benefits, such as flexible working arrangements, generous holiday entitlements, a pension scheme, plenty of opportunities for personal development, and discounted gym membership.

The two councils have a shared Chief Executive/Managing Director and a joint management team.  Whilst they retain their own political structures and distinct identities, the joint management structure allows us to maximise the opportunity to deliver a wide range of good value services to our customers and communities, and operate and develop shared services and partnership arrangements with each other and with other councils.

Whichever organisation you work for, you can be sure it will be a great place to work and that you will have a rewarding career.

Please click for more information on Wychavon District Council or Malvern Hills District Council

How to apply

Your application for the role you are interested in plays an important part in our recruitment and selection process. Based upon the information you provide, we make a decision based on the criteria set out in the person specification for the role, on whether or not you will be shortlisted for interview. Before completing your application, please read all the information which is relevant to the post you are applying for.

Job description and person specification

Please study these documents carefully. The job description details the duties of the post, while the person specification lists the skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience required.

Education, training and qualifications

Ensure that you tell us about all of your relevant qualifications and training details, especially those specific to the post. You may be asked to provide certificates if you are selected for interview.

Employment / work experience

When telling us about your employment history, please ensure the dates of employment are correct and in the right order. Please tell us about any skills, knowledge and experience which are relevant to the job and remember to include any details of any community, voluntary or unpaid work that has equipped you with additional skills. 

Additional information

This section allows you to demonstrate why you are a suitable candidate for this post.  Try to support your application with details of the experience, skills and benefits you can bring to the Council; it is helpful if you are able to include examples. The application form is online so if you use additional page(s), please ensure you upload them in the allocated section.

Shortlisting and interviews

Once you have submitted your application, this will be processed by the HR Services Team, and sent to the Recruiting manager for shortlisting against the criteria laid out in the job description and person specification.

Any applicants who are shortlisted will be contacted and invited to interview by HR Services through the WM Jobs website.  It’s important to remember that if you attend an interview, you will also need to bring documentation that proves that you are entitled to work in the UK.  Specific details about this, and whether there are any preparations needed for the interview (such as a presentation), will be included in the email invitation.  If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the vacancy closing, please assume that you have not been successful on that particular occasion.

Job Offers

All applicants invited to interview will be contacted within 4 working days of the end of the interview process.  The successful candidate will be made a conditional offer of employment, subject to satisfactory references, eligibility to work in the UK, medical clearance, any other clearances, such as police checks, that may be appropriate to the role and the successful completion of a probation period (usually 6 months).

As part of the application process, it is important to include full details of referees. If you have been employed, one should be your present or most recent employer, the other can be a character reference. The referees you give must be able to cover the last three years of your employment. If you have no relevant employment to refer to then a referee could be a college tutor. 

Learning & Development

Our culture is one that fosters a proactive and committed approach to learning and development.  Our employees are encouraged to seek out learning opportunities which equip them with the skills to be effective and feel empowered in their roles.

We identify individual training needs through our Personal and Development Reviews (PDR) and use a blended approach which utilises e-learning, in-house training and events hosted by external providers.

We are proud to participate as a partner of the Regional coaching pool which not only provides support to our staff, but also gives our trained coaches the opportunity to provide support to staff working in other organisations in and around the region.

Apprenticeships

We believe that there is huge value in offering Apprenticeships and we work in close partnership with regional and national training providers to offer the best training we can.  As we operate a diverse range of services to the communities that we serve, we can offer placements in a number of departments including, Regeneration, Housing, ICT, HR, and Customer Services.

All of our Apprenticeship opportunities are advertised on WM Jobs, but if you don’t see a vacancy, or the areas you would like to work in does not feature, please contact HR Services on 01386 565240 and we will register your interest in joining us.

Work Experience and Work Placements

We are able to offer unpaid work experience opportunities and work placements, which offer a great opportunity for students to come and experience local government first hand.

We work closely with education providers in the local area to ensure what we offer is interesting and meaningful.

If you are interested in work experience or a work placement, please get in contact with the HR Services team on 01386 565240

Benefits & Rewards

As part of our commitment to making the councils great places to work, we offer a comprehensive reward and benefits package which includes:

  • An excellent final salary pension scheme
  • Flexible working hours
  • Family friendly policies, and the opportunity to work part time or job share in some roles
  • Generous leave entitlement
  • A holiday purchase scheme
  • Tax efficient benefits including childcare vouchers and the cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives such as Health MOTs and Flu Jabs
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Further details of these and any council specific benefits will be discussed with applicants at interview and confirmed on offer of employment.

Equality & Diversity

We value diversity and are committed to ensuring equality for everybody. We ensure that all existing and potential employees receive equal consideration and we oppose all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, disability, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sexuality, gender identity, marital status, responsibility for dependents, religion, trade union activity and age.

We support the ‘Two Tick’ scheme and in doing so have made commitments in relation to the employment of people with disabilities.  These commitments are:

  • To interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy - and consider them on their abilities. 
  • To ensure there is a mechanism in place to discuss what we and they can do to make sure our employees with disabilities can develop and use their abilities. 
  • To make every effort when employees become disabled, to ensure they stay in employment. 
  • To take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make the commitments work; and 
  • To review these commitments, assess what has been achieved and plan ways to improve. Then we will let employees and the Employment Service know about progress and future plans. 

If you have been selected for interview, and need us to make reasonable adjustments in order for you to attend, please let us know how we can help.

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