How to apply - guidance for applicants

Thank you for your interest in a role at Torfaen County Borough Council.

Your application should best showcase your skills and abilities for the job, please read this helpful guidance before you apply.

Torfaen County Borough Council jobs are advertised on our website and can be applied for online only. If you need help to complete your online application form, our Employability Team are available to support you, please call the team on 01633 647743. The Employability Team are here to support all aspects of employment, they will be able to help you submit your online application form and support you in finding a job.

To apply online, you will need to register and create an online account. If you are already registered, please log in using your username and password. If you are a Torfaen employee, please apply internally using iFOR Employee Self Service.

Job Description and Person Specification

We recommend you read the Job Description and Person Specification carefully.  It is essential that you provide evidence that you meet the essential criteria as outlined in the person specification.  Only candidates who meet the essential criteria will be considered for shortlisting.

Online Applications

The online application form is the first stage in the recruitment process where managers will see if your skills and attributes are suitable for the role. It is important that you complete all stages of the application form as fully as possible.

Employment Details

Please provide details of your complete employment history, starting with your current employment. Please provide brief details about the job role, including knowledge or skills that will help with your application.

Relevant Qualifications, Training and Memberships

Please list relevant qualifications and training that you have undertaken, and / or any professional accreditation achieved. Proof of qualifications, training, professional body membership and other role prerequisites will required from the successful candidate.


External candidates 

External candidates will need to provide details of two referees. These should include a referee from your current employment where possible. If you are currently unemployed, please provide details of your most recent employer.

Internal candidates

Internal candidates should provide one referee. Please give details of your current manager who will be asked to provide a work reference.

Referees will only be contacted if candidates are successful at interview. Please note that family members, friends or neighbours will not be accepted as referees.

Supporting Statement

Please ensure you give as much detail as possible in your statement, it is important to highlight your knowledge, skills and experience to meet the essential criteria outlined in the Person Specification and show that you are able to fulfil the duties of the role.  Your application can only be considered for shortlisting if you meet the essential criteria.

We welcome applications under the Positive about Disabled People Scheme and will guarantee an interview to a person with disabilities if they satisfy the essential criteria for the post.

As part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, the council has adopted a new reservist policy and has a guaranteed interview scheme for members of the armed forces community.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS)

Torfaen County Borough Council operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS)

Applicants with a disability

As a Disability Confident Employer we welcome applications from people with disabilities. This scheme guarantees an interview to people with disabilities providing they meet essential criteria and requirements for the role.


A guaranteed interview will be offered to people you meet essential criteria and requirements for the role AND who are currently service in the armed forces and withing 12 weeks of their discharge date OR the armed forces were their last long-term employer.

Welsh Language

We welcome applications from Welsh speakers. The Person Specification will state if Welsh Language is essential to the role.

Diversity Monitoring

Torfaen County Borough Council is committed to Equal Opportunities in employment and service delivery. We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace that recruits, retains and develops staff from diverse backgrounds. In inclusive workplaces, all employees feel welcome, valued, involved, supported and able to be themselves — which cultivates trust, motivation, greater job satisfaction and ultimately better outcomes for our communities.

The Diversity Monitoring section of the application forms part of the application process and this information is used by the Council for monitoring purposes only. This section of the application is not used as part of the selection process and not available to recruiting managers.

In order to monitor the effectiveness of our policies, we would appreciate it if you would complete this section which will be treated in the strictest confidence. You may withdraw your consent to the processing of this data at any time by notifying the council's Data Protection Officer or the Head of HR.


Your information will be retained and processed by the Council strictly in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) as set out in our Privacy Notice. A full version of the Human Resources Privacy Notice can found here.

By completing and submitting your application you accept the terms of the declaration. Withholding relevant information and providing false or misleading information may result in your application being withdrawn or appointment terminated.

Next Steps

Following your application submission you will receive an email confirmation that we have received your application successfully.  Your application will automatically be sent to the recruiting manager and considered for selection after the closing date.

If your application is shortlisted, the recruiting manager will email to invite you to interview with details of what will be required of you and information about the date, time and location.

Contact Us

Please contact the Recruitment Team if you have any queries.

Last Modified: 16/05/2024
For more information contact:

Recruitment Team


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