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Wychavon District Council

Wychavon District Council
Civic Centre
Queen Elizabeth Drive
Pershore
Worcestershire
WR10 1PT

Tel (Non-schools): 01386 565240
Email: HR@Wychavon.gov.uk
Web: www.wychavon.gov.uk

Working for us

Wychavon is located withn the West Midlands region. The district covers 664km2 of the south and eastern part of the county of Worcestershire and is the largest of the six Worcestershire districts.  With a population of 116,900, the district is made up of the three towns of Droitwich Spa, Evesham and Pershore, and nearly 100 villages.

Our headquarters is at the Civic Centre in Pershore, where most of our staff are based.  Our Community Contact Centres in Evesham, at the Civic Centre and at Droitwich Library provide residents with access to district and a number of other public services. 

Wychavon prides itself in spending our time and energy on what we know matters to our residents and local communities. We have a strong reputation for cutting through the red tape and getting things done – especially when it comes to improving services.  And we work hard to live up to our strap line good services, good value.We provide a wide range of services to residents, businesses and visitors.  These include waste and recycling, housing, planning, environmental health, licensing, benefits, parks, leisure facilities, street cleaning, events and actitivities for all ages. 

While we provide some services directly or through contractors, we’re delivering a growing proportion of our business through shared service or partnership arrangements with other councils.  We host the South Worcestershire Revenues and Benefits Shared Service and a joint Personnel and Payroll Service with Malvern Hills District Council.  We are also involved in shared services hosted by other councils, for example Buidling Control, ICT, Internal Audit and Regulatory Services.

We employ 254 staff, 157 of our staff are full time and 97 are part time.  We’ve been high achievers in the Times Best Companies award for Best Councils and Best Public Sector to Work For and previously Local Government Chronicle Council of the Year as well as currently holding the Gold standard awarded by Investors in People and also council wide Customer Service Excellence award (the measure of excellence in customer service for Local Government and the Public Sector).

Wychavon is a great place to work, but don’t just take our word for it. We welcome your interest in our vacancies, please see all of the paperwork provided and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Wychavon provides an informal and progressive place to work, offering an innovative approach to providing services. You will have the opportunity to use your skils, Knowledge and past experience to continue to develop our resources plans and services to ensure they work together to support the Council's overall priorities.

The Council’s values play a big part in our service delivery and culture.

  • Brilliant customer service
  • Great services every time
  • Value for money
  • Fun, motivated and positive
  • Innovative always improving

If that sounds like you then we look forward to receiving your application.

 

How to apply

Your application form 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 the application form, 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 list all your relevant qualifications and training details, especially those specific to the post. You will be asked to provide certificates if you are selected for interview.

Employment / work experience

When listing employment history, please ensure dates are correct and in the right order. Identify skills, knowledge and experience relevant to the job. Please include 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.

Making a Job Offer / Pre-employment checks

Once the interview panel has reached their decision, a conditional offer of employment can be made to the successful candidate. The offer must be made subject to the receipt of satisfactory references, right to work in UK, satisfactory medical clearance and completion of satisfactory probationary period (usually 6 months) plus any other criteria/clearances relevant to the vacancy (such as Disclosure and Barring Service checks if appropriate to the role).

References

It is important to include full details of two responsible people who are able to comment on your suitability for this post.  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 the second referee could be a character reference / college tutor.  If you are selected for interview, we may automatically write to your referees beforehand, unless you indicate ‘yes’ to the question ‘Do you wish to be consulted before this referee is approached?’

If you are selected for interview, we may automatically write to your referees beforehand, therefore it is important to include full details of two responsible people who are able to comment on your suitability for this post.  Preferably one / both should be your present and / or most recent employer and must be able to cover the last three years of employment.  If you have no relevant employment to refer to then the second referee could be a character reference / College tutor.

Equal opportunities

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all job applicants.  Please complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring information on the application form.  This information is confidential and used for monitoring purposes only.  The details will not be passed to the shortlisting panel.

We are committted to equality of opportunity for all job applicants. Please complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form within the application Form. This information is confidential and used for monitoring purposes only. The form will be seperated from your application on receipt and the shortlisting panel will not see it.

Finally...

Ensure your application form is well presented. Complete the form as fully and as accurately (including spelling and grammar) as possible and ensure it arrives on or before the closing date (usually found on the job advert)

Once we have received your application it will undergo a shortlisting procedure. If selected, you will be asked to attend an interview. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date we regret that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

 

Learning & Development

At Wychavon we actively encourage a climate of learning and development, opportunities are not restricted to course based training programmes or attendance at seminars.

We are proud to currently hold the Gold standard awarded by Investors in People.

We identify individual training needs through our Personal and Development Reviews (PDR) and provide Post Entry training appropriate to the individual and the role.  We pay for Professional subscriptions appropriate to those required in the job role.

Corporate training is provided Council wide to meet our priorities, goals and promises supporting our Corporate Business plan’s.

We see learning and development as important to the future delivery of the Council services.  In this respect we offer career graded posts, apprenticeships and make use of our internal ‘Talent pool’ to encourage flexible working across the Council in response to demands in particular services.

We are proud to participate as a partner of the Regional coaching pool which supports our officer in their roles.

We are open to all forms of training and development as appropriate to the Service and Council needs.

Benefits & Rewards

Wychavon recognises the needs to recruit and retain employees and therefore offers a wide range of benefits including the following:-

  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Flexible working hours (no core time)
  • Family friendly policies - Opportunities for part-time working/job sharing
  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Childcare – subsidised creche facilities available at the Civic Centre
  • Car parking
  • Café (at Civic Centre)
  • Discounted gym membership and leisure facilities
  • Cycle Salary Sacrifice Scheme
  • Health MOTs
  • Flu jabs
  • Employee Assistance Scheme

Equality & Diversity

Wychavon has a positive equal opportunities policy both as an employer and in its provision of services.  The Council continually monitors its recruitment and selection activities to ensure fairness and compliance with current legislation.

We will ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, social class, responsibility of dependants, trade union or political activities, religious beliefs, spent offences or is disadvantaged by any conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justified.

We’ve achieved the Equality Standard for Local Government and raise awareness of equality and diversity across every area of the Council through training and development. 

We support the Employment service / Job Centre Plus ‘Two Tick’ scheme in line with which the Council undertakes to interview disabled people who meet the essential criteria detailed on the person specification.

Our current workforce profile is as follows:

  • 254 employees
  • 60% Full time
  • 40% Part time
  • 60% Female
  • 40% Male
  • 2.69% Disability
  • 98% White British ethnicity

 

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