Information for Applicants


Your application form plays an important part in your selection.  Your completed form is the only basis for considering your initial suitability for the post.  Please ensure you address all the essential requirements listed in the specifications.  The following advice should help you to complete the application form as effectively as possible.


  • Look carefully at the job description and application form. Ask yourself why you are interested in the job. Don’t copy the same application for a series of jobs.
  • Read the Person Specification carefully. This outlines the type and range of skills/experience etc that we would like the candidate to possess or have the potential to develop.
  • Try to complete the form in a concise, well organised and positive way.
  • Please use the application form provided, continuing on a separate sheet if necessary. Please do not send standard details of your own, i.e. in the form of a curriculum vitae, unless specified in the advertisement.
  • Please remember to complete the Monitoring Job Applicants Form, as this is essential for the County Council to determine whether its Equal Opportunities Policy is working with regard to employment.

Please note that we are only able to employ nationals of European Economic Area (EEA) countries, citizens of Switzerland and those legally entitled to work in the UK.  Lancashire County Council does not hold a sponsorship licence and is unable to employ non-EEA nationals under tiers 2 or 5 of the points-based system.  If you submit an application form and are shortlisted for interview, you will be required to produce documentary evidence of your right to work in the UK.

The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as:
(Relevant to question 10 and question 6 of the Monitoring Job Applicants Form) ‘A person with a physical (including sensory) or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities.’ Or someone who has had such a disability but is now recovered. Or someone with a severe disfigurement.


The following headings correspond to some of the appropriate sections in the application form:
Post applied for: the full job title should be completed and the relevant School shown.
Name and Address: make sure that your full name (including any previous names), address and telephone number are provided
Present Appointment and Previous Employment:  starting with your first post, and ending with your present post, list all the employers you have worked for, provide job titles and the period you worked for them. This information may be used to assess whether you meet the experience requirement for the vacancy.  Check that the dates are correct and in order.   Please also provide an explanation for any gaps in employment.
Education and Professional Qualifications: give a list of formal and informal qualifications. Information may be necessary here to assess whether you meet the required qualifications for the vacancy. Ensure that nothing important has been omitted.  Please include the name of the awarding body, the grade and the date the qualification was obtained.

Lancashire County Council as an equal opportunity employer intends that no job applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, sex, sexual orientation, race, or religion or belief, unless this can be objectively justified.

Please note that, in the interests of economy, we will not acknowledge receipt of your application. If you have not been contacted within 28 days of the closing date, you should assume your application has not been successful.


The information you supply about yourself as part of the application procedure is handled according to the requirements specified in the data protection legislation.  This includes the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation.

Information you supply as part of the application process will be used for recruitment purposes and, if you are successful, for subsequent employment purposes. If you are unsuccessful, your application is retained for a maximum of 12 months from the closing date and then confidentially destroyed.  Equal Opportunities information is anonymised and then used for statistical monitoring purposes.

The Lancashire County Council contact for data protection matters is:

The Data Protection Officer
PO Box 100, County Hall, Preston, PR1 8XJ