Working in planning - applications, qualifications, hybrid working and the recruitment process

How do I apply?

To apply for current vacancies, please visit our jobs page.

We use an online application that accepts CVs as part of the process. Once you have found a vacancy you are interested in you can make an online application by following the directions on that page.

Further advice can be found on the job applications page of our website.

What qualifications do I need?

For the Planning roles you will need a degree in any subject.

For all other roles you will need an interest in the subject area, a willingness to learn and a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at Grade C or above including Maths, English Language and a Physical Science or equivalent.

Are there any other requirements?

For all roles you will be required to undertake site visits and therefore it is essential that you hold a valid driving licence and have access to a car.

What are the benefits of working at Central Bedfordshire Council?

  • mentoring support
  • bespoke training programme
  • flexible working through hybrid contracts
  • a comprehensive IT package to support you to work safely and effectively 
  • the ability to work abroad for up to a month a year 
  • generous family friendly policies and practices 
  • a welcoming and inclusive environment that empowers differences 
  • friendly and supportive staff networks
  • annual leave allowance 25 days + statutory holidays rising to 32 days with length of service
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). This is a valuable part of our rewards package for employees and includes Life Assurance. You can find out more on the Bedfordshire Pension Fund website
  • an exceptional Employee Assistance Programme which helps support employees with workplace changes as well as other work, family and personal issues 
  • a huge variety of courses and role-specific training and learning to help you succeed and develop 
  • access to discounts on top UK retailers and local retailers

What are hybrid contracts?

A hybrid working arrangement gives you the option to work from home and access any CBC office location. We recognise and value the importance of supporting our employees to balance their home and work life and to be able to work in the most efficient way. 

If successful, on starting with us, you will receive a £250 one-off hybrid worker payment to help you adapt your home for safe and suitable working conditions.

Are the roles fixed term or permanent?

All the roles are permanent unless it states otherwise.

How will I attend the formal apprenticeship courses and complete the studying?

You will be allocated 20% off to study for the course. During term time this will take the form of day release to attend college/ University. During the breaks in term, you will be allowed 1 day off per week for studying.

Can I work from home?

Yes. This role can be carried out from home and we offer a hybrid contracts. However, you will be required to visit the Council Offices, Priory House, Chicksands, Shefford, SG17 5TQ 1 day per week (this is currently a Wednesday).

What is the interview process?

For candidates shortlisted for the planning roles we normally hold a recruitment day which includes a variety of activities from group tasks to presentations from existing staff. Following the recruitment day, successful candidates will be informed and start the on-boarding process. For unsuccessful candidates, they will be contacted and given the opportunity for feedback on why they were not successful.

For all other roles, shortlisted candidates will be invited for a face to face interview. Following the interview successful candidates will be informed and start the on-boarding process. For unsuccessful candidates, they will be contacted and given the opportunity for feedback on why they were not successful.

How often do you recruit?

For the Planning roles we tend to recruit annually. For all other roles we recruit when we have vacancies available.

Can I speak to someone about the roles?

For more information about any of the roles, please contact Lisa Newlands, our Academy Manager via email or telephone 0300 300 4185.