We particularly encourage people who have been out of work for some time to apply for the scheme.
During the application process you will be asked to evidence that you are actively participating in your own resettlement process and to be open about what your resettlement options/plans are.
While it is acceptable to be living in St. Mungo's accommodation while you are participating in the Apprenticeship Scheme, you will be expected to move out of St. Mungo's accommodation within 6 months of starting the Apprenticeship. This is to support your own development through the scheme as it can be difficult to be both a client and a member of staff.
You will be asked during the application process to evidence that you are not in any significant rent arrears (accommodation clients only) and that you are keeping to any rent agreement that you are in. We are unable to offer you a place on this scheme if you are in high rent arrears as this will make it difficult for you to be resettled. If you currently have arrears, please make sure you have set up a repayment plan before applying.
If you are accepted onto the scheme while living in one of projects we will expect you to set up a standing order from your bank account for the day that you are paid to pay your rent to the project you are living in. This is to help you avoid falling into arrears, which could cause problems with your Apprenticeship.
To ensure we safeguard and protect the clients we work with, we have a number of pre-registration checks we have to complete before recruiting for most positions. St Mungo's is entitled to ask questions about an applicant's entire criminal record because it is exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
Having a criminal record does not necessarily bar someone from working for us. It depends on the nature of the position applied for, and the circumstances and background of the offence(s).
We will ask for your consent to a clearance check. Any information supplied will be treated in confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act. If you don't give consent, we will be unable to proceed with your application.
Applicants will be asked to undergo a check via the Criminal Records Bureau (England and Wales) or POCVA (Northern Ireland); this will be an Enhanced Disclosure.
If you have any concerns/questions regarding this please get in touch with St. Mungo's HR department.