Equal opportunities information

Guaranteed Interview

As part of our commitment to be a Disability Symbol User, MTCBC will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential requirements for a job vacancy. When completing your application form, please ensure that you match your skills, experience and abilities with those detailed in the person specification.

In order to assess applicant’s suitability for a guaranteed interview, you will need to declare that you have a disability, and let us know of any adjustments you need.

Applying for posts within MTCBC

The list of vacancies currently available in Merthyr Tydfil County Council is produced fortnightly in the Job Opportunities Bulletin. The bulletin is available from the Human Resources department.

If you would like assistance with completing the application form, our Recruitment consultants can arrange a 1:1 session to talk through the application and if necessary, complete the form with you.

For further information please contact the Recruitment team on 01685 725413

Attending for interview

If you are invited for interview, you will be asked to identify whether there are any adjustments you require. Please tell us about any difficulties or requirements you may have. The authority will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible. These might include:

1. Arranging transport to and from the interview
2. Ensuring the building where the interview will be held is accessible
3. Arranging for assistance, including sign language interpreters, lip speakers, speech-text operators or a mini-loop system

If you are invited to attend an interview you will be informed in advance of the following information:

The location

Date and time, and estimated duration of the selection process
The format of the selection process – i.e. whether there will be tests, group discussion or if you will be required to give a presentation.
The name and job titles of the interview panel.
You will be given the telephone number, fax number and e-mail address of someone to contact, should you require any further information.

Interview and Tests

If you are invited to attend an interview you will be notified if tests, presentations or group discussion will form part of the selection process. If you require any adjustments or assistance, with any part of the selection process, please contact us to discuss how we can help.

We recognise that Disabled applicants have as much ability to perform most roles within the Authority and can contribute a great deal to meeting our objectives. Not only do we value the commitment and contributions made by all current Employees with Disabilities, but we also welcome and encourage applications from disabled applicants, who feel they can make a difference.

The definition of disability in terms of the Two Ticks Symbol is given as: People falling within the definition of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and disabled people who fall outside the definition of disability in the DDA, because their disability affects them only at work, can take advantage of the disability symbol commitments.

The commitment to disabled people is an on-going process, which we are constantly reviewing, and involves all employees within the authority. Therefore if you feel that you can help improve conditions, have any suggestions, or have any problems, please do not hesitate to suggest it to the HR Department on (01685) 724669.

Equality is an integral part of a civilised society - and of a strong and successful Council. The Authority is committed to making itself one in which people are given the best possible opportunity to make a success of their roles, potential and their lives, whatever their background.

The Authority recognises that a diverse workforce that reflects a cross section of the community and population can give the council a competitive edge in meeting the service demands of a broad customer base in the Valleys.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is committed to Equality of Opportunity for all people, with positive regard for age, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, language, race, religious belief, gender, marital status, sexuality, responsibility for dependants, impairment, trade unions or political activity, and any other disadvantaged group.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Is Committed To:

Ensuring that all applicants for employment in the Authority are treated fairly on the basis of their merits, abilities, qualifications and suitability for appointment and that appointment procedures do not discriminate on the basis of criteria which cannot be justified by the demands of the post and in accordance with published policies and procedures.

Ensuring that all employees of the Authority are trained, appraised, given access to relevant work experience, promoted and otherwise treated on the basis of their relevant merits, qualifications, abilities and experience.

Ensuring that all employees are aware of their responsibilities as managers, employees and representatives of the Authority when dealing with colleagues and outside agencies under the provisions of national legislation and the policies of the Authority.

Monitoring and reviewing employment policies and practices to ensure that they do not, directly or indirectly, discriminate unfairly against individual employees or particular groups of employees.

Ensuring that the Authority affords all employees an equal opportunity to develop to their fullest potential; and will seek to ensure equality of opportunity for all employees and, as far as is practicable, practices will conform with the published procedures of the Authority.

Promoting a harmonious working environment for employees based on mutual respect within which all employees are encouraged to identify programmes of positive action within which these objectives can be achieved.

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