Recruitment and Competencies


All of our permanent vacancies are advertised and follow a policy based recruitment process. You be required to complete an applications form for all vacancies (CV's cannot be accepted).

If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to attend a panel interview. Some vacancies may require shortlisted candidates to attend an assessment centre. All appointments will be made on the basis of merit of the assessment process.

Under Cestria's commitment 'positive about disabled people' (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) if you consider yourself as having a disability and in the shortlisting process meet the essential criteria you will automatically be offered an interview. The essential criteria relates to the key skills and experience as outlined in the role profile. If applying for the post under this scheme you will be required to declare this on your job application and give details of any special requirements you may need at the interview or assessment should you be invited.

All new employees will be employed on a six month probationary period.


Job Share opportunities

The association recognises in order to ensure that a wide rang of applicants apply for employment, most full time vacancies should be open to job sharers. This method of working involves two part time employees who voluntarily share the responsibilities of one full time post, dividing the pay, holidays and other benefits between them, according to the number of hours worked.

Feedback on applications

Unsuccessful candidates are able to request feedback on their application and/or interview once the recruitment process is complete. This service is available for up to 3 weeks after the interview date.

Competency-based recruitment

Interviews at Cestria are competency based.

'Competency-based recruitment is a process of recruitment based on the ability of candidates to produce anecdotes about their professional experience which can be used as evidence that the candidate has a given competency.'

The approach taken has been to identify 12 competencies and develop a framework building up to 5 levels of competence for each area. The competencies have been designed so that they reflect the different levels that employees would be expected to work at, e.g. Level 4 will generally reflect thos working at a very strategic level in the organisation. All employees should be working at a minimum of level 1 across the framework.


At Cestria we run an apprenticeship programme across our workforce of approximately 160 staff.

We currently employ a range of trade and office based apprentices including; a Plumber, an Electrician, a Joiner, a Plasterer, Grounds Maintenance Operative, Business Administrators and most recently a Social Media and Digital Marketing Assistant.

A number of our apprentices have gone on to gain permanent contracts with Cestria. The apprenticeship scheme has provided a number of benefits such as:

  • The apprenticeships are linked to our employability and school career activities, offering guaranteed apprenticeship interviews for those taking part;
  • Apprentices are encouraged to run their own internal group, allowing them to 'get to know' each other and share experiences;
  • Apprentice 'classes' are organised to provide work related and job seeking skills to equip them for the next step of their journey;
  • Our successful apprentice mentoring scheme provides staff development, and a way of integrating apprentices, helping them get to know staff from other departments across the business.

Apprentices are always at the heart of the scheme - this ensures that the time they spend at Cestria is valuable, and trains them not only job-specific related skills, but key word skills that prepare them for their journeys post apprenticeship.

A mentoring scheme was set up as a way of helping existing staff gain new skills and make new staff feel welcome. The scheme allows staff to develop their own skills and use their knowledge and expertise to give back to the younger generation.

To find out more details about working for us or the apprenticeships scheme we offer email

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