Statement published on 3rd June 2020
Interviews are now well under way. We have the following updates.
The volume of email traffic is huge at the moment and with a small team it is not always proving possible to send the outcomes within two working days. Please bear with us if you do not hear in two days: the delay will not be for long and it does not mean there is a problem.
Most interviews have gone ahead without incident but there have been a few technical issues with Teams or Skype, generally either lack of sound or image. If you experience this, leave the call and come back in through the link we sent you. In most cases this resolves the problem. It is useful to have a fallback option such as WhatsApp, just in case.
If the interview is unsuccessful, there is a complex process before we can allocate the next applicant from the standby pool. Employers, please bear with us in these cases, and we will send you details of your next candidate as quickly as possible.
Statement published on 20th May 2020
Proposed allocations of applicants to training posts were sent out to applicants from Thursday 14 May. Applicants had 48 hours to accept or decline.
The process has resulted in a significant number of applicants either declining allocations or allowing their allocations to expire. The team is now engaged in the process known as ‘recycling’, where the posts left vacant are allocated to other applicants from the standby pool. These new allocations also have to be offered to applicants who have 48 hours to accept or decline. The initial phase of the process will be completed by 20 May and the team will then begin the process of notifying employers.
Once allocations are completed, the team assigns unique reference numbers and prepares communications to the employers with contact information. This process requires considerable administration. Barring unforeseen delays, our aim is to send details of the allocated candidates to employers on Friday 22 May.
We realise this makes the original deadlines impossible to achieve, and will extend the period for interview as long as necessary but must aim to finish them by the end of June. We know this is later than anticipated and we apologise for the delay.
The later the interview takes place the less chance there will be to find another applicant if the original one is unsuccessful at interview.
We thank all participants in this process for their patience and understanding.
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