Your Application and Interview
If you're currently in the process of applying for a position at the college, or thinking about applying, then you'll find information about our recruitment process below.
Providing equal opportunities is an integral part of our recruitment and selection process and we welcome all applications.
If your application is successful, you will join our dynamic, exciting and innovative team at Sussex Coast College Hastings. Our staff have been instrumental in making the organisation the success it is today. So, if you are one of those people who ‘can’, we want to hear from you.
The college has been awarded the ‘Two Ticks’ Disability Symbol in recognition of our commitment to the recruitment, employment, retention and development of people with disabilities.
If you have a disability, please advise us of any help that you might need during the application, interview process or any additional support that would help you to match the person specification in an alternative but equal manner.
A few simple steps to follow:
- View our current vacancies on our jobs portal.
- On our jobs portal, you can browse the latest vacancies and read detailed job descriptions. Once you have found the position you want to apply for apply by clicking the apply button.
- You will need to register for your own 'jobs profile' so you can monitor your applications progress, or re-visit the application to finish it off.
- The application form must be completed in full; making sure that you have stated full career and educational history from the date you left school to the present.
- If you have any gaps in your career or educational history please state the reasons with dates (i.e. travelling, bringing up children etc). We will not make assumptions about your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities.
- You should provide information matched to the person specification criteria to enhance your application.
Unfortunately we can not accept any testimonials, but will except two references that are satisfactory to the college's requirements; one referee must be your current or most recent employer.
We only accept digital applications through our jobs portal. However in exceptional circumstances we will accept hard copy application forms. Please email to request an hard copy.
Please submit your application and any related information no later than 11.30pm on the advertised closing date, unless otherwise stated. Applications received after this date and time may not be considered.
The information you provide in your application form and accompanying documentation plays a key part in the decision to invite you to an interview.
Once the deadline has passed, our Human Resources team will review all the applications, in consideration with the relevant department, and shortlist the best candidates to put forward to interview.
If you are successful, Human Resources will be in contact to organise an interview date.
Due to the high volume of applications, please assume that you have been unsuccessful if you do not hear from human resources within 2 weeks after the closing date.
Once you have agreed an interview date, you will receive a confirmation letter.
Due to college policy, we regrettably do not subsidise or pay in full any interview expenses.
Depending on the position you have applied for, your interview maybe a group interview, in front of a panel of interviewers or just one person from Human Resources and one manager.
You may also be expected to part-take in a small test or exercise, or be asked to present to a panel of interviewers. This will be confirmed with you prior to the interview.
Once the college has conducted all of the interviews, the Human Resources Team will be in touch to let you know the outcome of your application.
The original certificates of qualifications listed in your application, which are relevant to the post for which you are applying, will need to be seen by the college if you are successful. Photocopies will not be accepted. A photocopy will be retained as proof of validation of your qualifications.
Certificates or a letter of confirmation of professional body status will also need to be seen, where applicable.
The college requires successful applicants to complete a health questionnaire, against which a risk assessment may then be undertaken.
An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which will include a check of the barred lists and any relevant overseas checks, will be undertaken in the event of a successful application, given that the college provides education to children and adults at risk. Alternatively, if you are currently registered to the DBS Update Service, you will be required to provide further information at interview.
The college will require proof that you are eligible to work in the UK. Example of eligible documents include a valid passport, National Insurance card or birth certificate. More information on eligible documents can be found here.
Do you have a criminal record?
If yes, and short-listed for the job, you will need to provide full details, including the context of any convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings. This information will be requested as part of the interview invitation and candidates must provide information prior to the interview in an email marked ‘Confidential, Attention of Human Resources’. We guarantee that this information will only be seen by those who need to see it as part of the recruitment process.
It's a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply for a role which is classed as regulated activity (i.e. involves working with children and/or adults at risk).
As a college using the 'Disclosure and Barring Service' (DBS) to assess applicants for positions of trust, we comply fully with the DBS Code of Practice and undertake to treat all applicants for positions fairly.