How to complete the WESC Foundation application form

8 February 2021

WESC Foundation application form with fountain pen lying across the page

It’s important for your application form to be filled in completely.

Firstly, it’s about our approach to safe recruitment and selection. Our charity supports vulnerable children and adults, and we have a duty to safeguard and promote their welfare. This starts with following safe recruitment and selection procedures to make sure that we recruit the right candidates to work with them.

Secondly, we want you have the best chance of being shortlisted for an interview!

Here are some tips that will help you complete the application form successfully.

Include your full employment history

You need to include details of all the jobs you’ve had since you left school, including the dates (month and year). We also need you to tell us about what you did during any gaps (i.e. times when you didn’t have a job).

Did you take a gap year after university  or take time out to raise your family? Maybe you went travelling, or took a while to find a job. Whatever your reason for a gap in your employment history, it’s important that you tell us on the application form. We need to have a complete record of your employment before we can consider offering an interview for the job.

Don’t forget to cover education and training

You need to put all the details into this section too, including the names and addresses of where you went to school, college or university, including the date (months and years) .

We will also need to see all essential qualification certificates. If you didn’t go to college, or didn’t get a grade for a particular subject then that’s fine – just put No or NA where you have nothing to add.

It’s all about the supporting statement

This is a critical part of the application. Look at the person specification for the role that you’re interested in. There will be some criteria that are marked as “essential”, meaning you should meet them to have a better chance of being shortlisted for interview. Some are “desirable”, which means you might not have to meet them to shortlisted, but it will help you score higher when your application is assessed by the recruiting manager.

We are aware that some applicants may have little or no experience working with vulnerable children and young people, that’s ok, try to use some examples of situations in your personal life, for example if you have children or have looked after a member of your family because they were unwell.

How to write a good supporting statement

Make sure you try to talk about all the essential requirements on the person specification. You should also try and cover as many of the desirable requirements as possible.

For each point you need to be factual (don’t make it up!) and provide examples to demonstrate your skills, ability or experience and how you meet each of the criteria in the person specification.

Please remember, if you provide as much information as possible you are in a better position to be shortlisted for an interview.

Once you’ve finished you should go through your statement to double check you have provided as much information as you can about your skills, ability and experience relevant to the role you are applying for.

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