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How how do I apply?
For each vacancy there is an application form, equal opportunities monitoring form, person specification and job description. To apply you must complete the application form and the equal opportunities monitoring form and ensure that we receive them on or before the closing date. To ensure that there is no delay in receiving your application form, please use the form available on the Apply for a vacancy page. If you are not able to email, please post your form to Human Resources, Bedford College, Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AH to arrive on or before the closing date.

Will Bedford College accept my CV instead of the application form?
Your CV will not be accepted instead of an application form. This assists us in the shortlisting process and ensures that all applicants have a similar opportunity to present their skills, experience and qualifications to us. If you do not use our application form, your application will not be considered.

What should I include on my application form?
You should include any information you think is necessary to show us that you meet the requirements of the person specification and that you are able, or have the potential, to carry out the duties described in the job description. Where we have used the term ‘or equivalent’ on the person specification please include details of qualifications/training and/or knowledge/experience which you believe meet our stated requirements. Our preferred way of contacting you is by email, so please ensure that you provide a current email address on the application form. To assist us, please also include on your application form contact telephone numbers (preferably a mobile and a landline) which we may use to contact you during the day/early evening.

What happens to my application once it has been received by Bedford College?
Following the closing date for applications, the line manager responsible for the vacancy reviews the applications and shortlists with advice from Human Resources. This advice is to ensure that we meet our commitments to applicants declaring a disability and to black and minority ethnic (BME) applicants.

What do I do if I am interested in occasional work?
We welcome applications from potential Associates. Associates work with us on an occasional basis or for a specific number of hours per week for up to a maximum of nine calendar months. Our Associates teach or provide support services and they work with and are supported by core (permanent) staff under an Associate Agreement with a specified start and end date and are hourly paid.

Our Associate opportunities usually attract a high volume of interest. As a result, we regret that we are unable to acknowledge or provide feedback on initial expressions of interest or applications from potential Associates. However, if we wish to take your interest further we will contact you to invite you to interview and will confirm the outcome of this process to you by email.

What happens to my equal opportunities monitoring form once it has been received by Bedford College?
The details you provide on this form are confidential. If you are appointed the details are kept as part of your personal record. They are not made available to the line manager or to interviewers during the shortlisting stage. However, they are used by members of the Human Resources Team to check the shortlisting process as set out above.

Will my application be acknowledged?
For advertised vacancies and opportunities, we do not confirm that your application form has been received. We do, however, write to all applicants following the shortlisting process to confirm whether or not you have been shortlisted to take part in the selection process. If you are unsuccessful, we offer developmental feedback on request to Human Resources at recruitment@bedford.ac.uk.

Where will I go for my interview?
Interviews are usually held at Cauldwell Street. If interviews are held at another campus or facility this will be clearly stated in the email inviting you to interview. Get directions.

Can I park my car at Cauldwell Street?
Parking at Cauldwell Street is limited due to our town centre location. There are student and staff car parks on campus. However, due to the limitations of the campus, we cannot guarantee that space will be available if you are attending an interview but there are many public car parks within Bedford. The closest is Melbourne Street which is less than five minutes’ walk from the College.

Is there anywhere to buy refreshments?
At Cauldwell Street and our Shuttleworth College Campus, our Munch & Mocha restaurant and coffee shop is open from early morning through to late afternoon/evening during term-time and until mid-afternoon during holiday periods. Munch & Mocha sells a range of hot and cold food, sandwiches, snack items and a variety of hot and cold drinks. During term-time, 25 Restaurant at Cauldwell Street serves lunch prepared and served by our students.

In Kempston and Luton town there are many nearby food outlets.

Can I claim expenses for taking part in the selection process?
In most cases, we do not reimburse any expenses.

In exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Director of Organisation Development and agreed before the interview, we may consider contributing to any travel or accommodation expenses you incur. If you wish to discuss this in more detail, please email recruitment@bedford.ac.uk before you make your arrangements to travel to attend your interview.

Please note that we will be unable to consider your application for a contribution towards your travel expenses if it is made after you have attended your interview.

How long will my interview take?
Your email inviting you to take part in the selection process will include a specific interview time. Interviews usually take up to an hour. If you have been asked to complete a practical assessment, this could take up to a further 45 minutes. Occasionally you will be expected to remain with us for longer periods but this will be confirmed in the letter inviting you to attend the interview. You will not usually be expected to spend all day at an interview.

If I am successful, how and when will I know?
You will receive a letter from us to let you know the outcome of each interview or assessment stage within 7-10 calendar days.

If I am successful, will I be offered a relocation package?
In most cases, we do not offer any assistance with relocation expenses. For some nationally advertised jobs, depending on the job to be offered and the likely duration and difficulty of the normal daily commuting journey, we may offer limited relocation assistance at the discretion of the Director of Organisation Development.

Need more information?

If you have any queries please contact our Recruitment Team at recruitment@bedford.ac.uk