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University Clearing and DBS Checks

For all students, applying through Clearing is a rushed process, applying for places in mid-August for a start at the end of September or early October. There’s a lot to organise in a short period of time. This year however, there could be an additional hurdle for students who are applying for courses which need a DBS check.
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Psychometric Testing – What You Need to Know

Getting a job isn’t simply a matter of writing a letter and going to an interview anymore. Most employers have a whole host of checks which they want to carry out on prospective employees, from getting a DBS disclosure check to checking the facts on their CV. One of the most tried and tested ways of evaluating applicants is to put them through psychometric testing.
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ACRO and Covid Fines

ACRO is also involved in the Covid-19 pandemic fixed penalty notices. Although ACRO being involved in issuing and administering fines is nothing new, this part of their remit causes confusion over the legal status of fixed penalty notices, and what might actually appear on one of the police certificates which ACRO issue, or a DBS disclosure check.
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Teacher Training Through the Open University

The Open University was founded in the UK in 1969 with the aim of widening access to higher education across the UK. The OU is the largest university in the UK by student numbers, with around 185,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.
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Ongoing Need for Covid Volunteers

The Covid-19 vaccine roll-out is well underway across the UK. Vaccination centres have sprung up in almost every town and city, staffed by both NHS staff and health professionals drawn from other sectors. In addition to the paid staff, volunteers are needed to support the effort. Although there was a big recruitment drive for NHS volunteers at the start of the pandemic, there is still plenty of opportunity to get involved if you’re interested.
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Technological Support for Background Screening

In terms of employment, background screening refers to all of the checks which employers carry out before taking on a new member of staff. Technology is revolutionising the way in which this is done, with smart new computer programs taking a lot of the burden away from recruiters.
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Recruitment Checks for Home Workers

Having people working in their own homes reduces commuting time and expense for the workers and might allow the employer to downsize their office space and save money on overheads too. Recruitment at a distance is often tricky but checking that you have the right people working for your company is still critical, even if they are going to be working from home.
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DBS Announces New 5 Year Strategy

Strategy documents are, on the whole, somewhat dull. Sometimes however, having a look at a strategy document gives clues about where an organisation might be headed over the next few years. This is certainly the case with the DBS strategy document recently released which lays out the organisation’s plans for the next five years, running up to 2025.
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Common DBS Mistakes

Many of the delays in the DBS system are down to human error. Mistakes which we make completing the form or providing our documents can cause big hold-ups in the certificate arriving, and in the worst-case scenario, can mean your application is rejected outright.
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DBS Checks – Pass or Fail

You hear people about passing and failing things all the time – exams, driving tests, credit checks, and DBS checks. You’ll even see it in job adverts, where recruiters say that appointment is conditional on passing a criminal records check. The problem is that this language isn’t really accurate and paints a false picture of how the system operates in practice.
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