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    Cheers I'm getting a tad worried, because I've still not received any emails yet even though I confirmed my email address yesterday and again today. I've sent an email to the address on the contact us part of the website and given them an alternative email address they can use to contact me (I don't want to keep phoning them in case they get annoyed!), so hopefully I'll get my emails soon.
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    I emailed them on that address and got a reply within 24 hours so I'm sure you'll be fine with that. I'm sure you'll see on here when people next get information, I imagine it'll be a bit of time yet!
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    Last year we were able to choose 3 regional preferences. It purely depends on competition and which councils are participating. There is no section on the website to look at your application...there was last year. I'd phone them really...they should expect phone calls for a Grad Scheme. I know deferrals go straight to the interview stage anyway.
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    Anyone else still waiting on details of locations/dates for ACs?
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    (Original post by Aphrodite007)
    Anyone else still waiting on details of locations/dates for ACs?
    Yep. Haven't heard anything since the email saying I'd got through to the next round.
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    A good taste of local government before we get stuck in.
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    (Original post by TruckBear)
    Yep. Haven't heard anything since the email saying I'd got through to the next round.
    Same, not sure whether to e-mail them or not..
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    I was sent information about the assessment centres about half an hour ago. We have to book ourselves into times and dates and it's first come first serve, so I would suggest doing it as soon as possible.

    Does anybody have any information regarding the written exercise?
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    Same. No idea, 2 hours is bloody long though so I'm guessing it's quite a detailed/large exercise. Plan a strategy of some sort...
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    Is it only the written exercise then? The e-mail only mentioned the exercise as a specific task we have to do on the day, but then further down it talked about special requirements for interviews?

    I'm tempted to leave the third location choice blank tbh. I can only really get to Manchester around that time.
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    (Original post by rainbow drops)
    Is it only the written exercise then? The e-mail only mentioned the exercise as a specific task we have to do on the day, but then further down it talked about special requirements for interviews?

    I'm tempted to leave the third location choice blank tbh. I can only really get to Manchester around that time.
    Good point! I'm going to ask.
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    Ooo I finally got my email after 4 phone calls

    Does anyone have any idea if the second part of the assessment centre is an interview? Or is that the next stage after the AC?
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    (Original post by laura130490)
    Ooo I finally got my email after 4 phone calls

    Does anyone have any idea if the second part of the assessment centre is an interview? Or is that the next stage after the AC?
    The way I see it is that this first stage will be a report. If successful, stage 2 will be a more traditional AC process including interviews, that will then be followed by LA interviews.

    But who knows.
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    Im surprised its been put into 2 stages. Last time round it was just one day of Assessment Centres. We did also have information days which were...informative.
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    Yeah it does seem pretty strange this year. No info session (as of yet) and certainly no phone interview...
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    (Original post by stormstar)
    Im surprised its been put into 2 stages. Last time round it was just one day of Assessment Centres. We did also have information days which were...informative.
    Did you do a two hour written test which you could possibly tell us about?
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    (Original post by rainbow drops)
    Is it only the written exercise then? The e-mail only mentioned the exercise as a specific task we have to do on the day, but then further down it talked about special requirements for interviews?

    I'm tempted to leave the third location choice blank tbh. I can only really get to Manchester around that time.

    (Original post by AP1989)
    Good point! I'm going to ask.
    Any information on this anyone?
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    Last time I had just the one assessment centre with a whole day of exercises. Thinking back to it now, I was uber nervous all day!! But I powered through. I have no idea how it's being done this year. I'm trying to be in semi-regular contact with Ami Beeton and the NGDP via Twitter. But communication seems a tad informal. I did my assessment centre in Leeds, although they had a section in London.

    Also on a side note, I have received confirmation via Twitter that there will be information days coming soon!
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    (Original post by stormstar)
    Last time I had just the one assessment centre with a whole day of exercises. Thinking back to it now, I was uber nervous all day!! But I powered through. I have no idea how it's being done this year. I'm trying to be in semi-regular contact with Ami Beeton and the NGDP via Twitter. But communication seems a tad informal. I did my assessment centre in Leeds, although they had a section in London.

    Also on a side note, I have received confirmation via Twitter that there will be information days coming soon!
    Thanks for the info!

    I wish they'd tell us which assessment centre slot we've been allocated to >.< I'd like to book my train tickets.
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    Yeah they can be notoriously slow. They had a contact line, but I think it was just run by some admin assistant who provided vague info. The reliance on just email contact (and the whole Word Press website) suggest this programme has been cut. I'm sure I read somewhere they reduced the number of places. Plus last year you were able to go to Warwick Business School to complete a Post-Graduate Diploma on Public Administration...I think this year it's a more in house thing.

    I think the deadline for councils to sign up is the 15th of April, so my guess is everything will kick in after this date. Although if you're in your third year of Uni interviews in May could be a hassle (they were for me when my dissertation was in for early may).

    If you've got any more questions about the assessment centres or info days then anyone can PM me!

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