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Apply for a job with Waltham Forest Council

Last updated 15 April 2015

View and apply for all Council job vacancies.

Social workers can find out more about working in Waltham Forest including details of any job vacancies.

Applying for a job at Waltham Forest Council

To find out more information about a particular job, click on the vacancy to display the advert.

At the bottom of the advert are links to the job description, person specification, and our online application form.

Before making your application, please refer to the 'Your Application and the recruitment process' section of this web site.

  • Then read the job description and person specification
  • If you feel you are suitable for the job, complete the online application form

Filling in the application form

  • Unless otherwise stated, we are unable to accept CVs
  • For security reasons, the system will log you off after 90 minutes
  • We strongly recommend that you register first so that you can save your application form as you go along, and can return to it later to complete it. You can also reuse the information saved in the form to apply for other jobs with the council
  • If you do not register, then you must complete your application within 90 minutes. Otherwise, you will lose it when the system logs you off and you will have to start again
  • You may find it easier to prepare some of your application form in advance, such as your skills and experience, and copy to the online application form

Having problems with the online form?

  • If you are unable to use the online application form due to disability, then please contact Human Resources Transaction Team or call the number given on the job advert
  • Please ensure you apply before the closing date stated on the advert as we are unable to accept applications made after the closing date

Information about the application process

Person specification

  • Read the person specification carefully – it describes the skills/experience and aptitude
  • Please note: when shortlisting we can only take into account what you put on your application form

Making an application

  • Ensure the information is clear and well organised
  • Gear your application to the specific job
  • Demonstrate how your skills/experience match the job requirements
  • Describe ‘your’ responsibilities – not what ‘we’ did
  • Please make sure you complete and submit your application before the closing date stated on the advert
  • CV’s are not usually accepted unless specifically stated in the advert
  • Completed forms with no more than 2 additional pages will normally be considered

Assessment and interview

  • We may conduct job relevant tests and written exercises - these will form part of the selection process
  • The interview panel will ask questions which will assess your knowledge and skills and allow you to expand on your application. You will also be able to ask questions

Disabled applicants

If you are a disabled applicant, please tell us in your application. Waltham Forest Council operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled applicants.

This is to say, if a disabled applicant meets all the essential criteria of the person specification, the applicant will be short listed for an interview.

Informing us of your disability will also help us to explore jointly with you any reasonable adjustments required for the interview, and there after if successful.

Conditions relating to offers of employment

All offers are subject to:

  • Satisfactory medical clearance
  • Satisfactory references
  • Eligibility to work in the UK
  • Evidence of qualifications
  • Fraud and corruption policy
  • Declaration of membership of secret societies – some jobs

Fair recruitment

  • Our recruitment process should ensure everyone is treated in a non-discriminatory way
  • If you are not appointed, write to the Chair of the interview panel for feedback
  • If you are dissatisfied with the response, write to the Executive Director of the department

Benefits and conditions of employment at Waltham Forest Council

View all Council benefits and conditions of employment

Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, Section 8 - Prevention of illegal working

The above Act came into force on 27 January 1997 and states it will be an offence to employ a person with no immigration entitlement to work in the United Kingdom.

If you are successful in your application you will be required to provide one or more of the original documents listed below.

  • A document issued by a previous employer, the Inland Revenue, the Benefits Agency, the Contributions Agency or the Employment Service (or their Northern Ireland equivalents) which states the National Insurance number of the person named
  • This could include a P45, a pay slip, a P60, a National Insurance (NINO) card (the newer plastic cards or the older style cards) or a letter issued by one of the Government bodies concerned

The above should cover most applicants

  • A passport describing the holder as a British Citizen or as having the right of abode in - or entitlement to re-admission to - the United Kingdom
  • A passport containing a Certificate of Entitlement issued by or on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom certifying that the holder has the right of abode in the United Kingdom
  • A certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British Citizen
  • A birth certificate issued in the United Kingdom or in the Republic or Ireland.
    For these purposes the United Kingdom includes England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man
  • A passport or national identity card issued by a State which is a party to the European Economic Area Agreement and which describes the holder as a national of that State
  • A passport or other travel document endorsed to show that the person named is exempt from immigration control, has indefinite leave to enter, or remain in, the United Kingdom or has no time limit on his or her stay; or a letter issued by the Home Office confirming that the person named has such status
  • A passport or other travel document endorsed to show that the person named has current leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom and is not precluded from taking the employment in question; or a letter issued by the Home Office confirming that this is the case
  • A United Kingdom residence permit issued to a national of a State which is a party to the European Economic Area Agreement
  • A passport or other travel document endorsed to show that the holder has a current right of residence in the United Kingdom as the family member of a named national of a State which is a party to the European Economic Area Agreement and who is resident in the United Kingdom
  • A letter issued by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office indicating that the person named in the letter is a British Citizen or has permission to take employment
  • A work permit or other approval to take employment issued by the Department for Education and Employment or, as in Northern Ireland, by the Training and Employment Agency
  • A passport describing the holder as a British Dependant Territories citizen and which indicates that the status derives from a connection with Gibraltar

If you are uncertain about which documents to provide, please contact the address where the application form is to be returned.

Please note that we have to keep a photocopy of the document if you are successful in your application.

This requirement applies to all applicants, unless already in post before 27 January 1997.

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