Recruitment process for volunteers
The recruitment process to become a volunteer varies from role
to role, but all follow the same general pattern:
- 1. All volunteer roles are advertised through sja.org.uk, with
role descriptions and other information to help you decide to
- 2. Find a role that’s right for
- 3. Fill in an application
- 4. Applications are initially reviewed by our HR team
- 5. Recruiting managers create a shortlist from all
- 6. Shortlisted applicants are interviewed face-to-face or over
- 7. HR complete screenings checks
- 8. Start volunteering or start
training for your volunteer role.
We undertake post-interview recruitment screening checks on
everyone who volunteers for us (in a similar way that we undertake
pre-employment checks on employees) for a number of reasons
including regulatory, legal, good governance and as good
Frontline roles including first aid at events, in ambulance
services, and working with young people
Roles within a clinical setting such as first aid at events or
working on an ambulance are more highly regulated and require a
higher level of screening, which can take longer to complete.
Roles working with young people or in community projects also
require a higher level of screening.
Please be patient with our HR teams as they complete these
essential checks following your interview. Make sure to keep in
touch with the contact you are given.
Some role applications require more detail than others.
Following application, you will be interviewed and required to
provide evidence towards a criminal records (DBS) check at an
enhanced level. We will also take up two references, health check
you, and confirm your right to volunteer in the UK.
Following your interview, you may be able to attend local
training nights and training
courses in order to prepare to volunteer, depending on
availability in your local area. You will not be able to take part
in regulated activity (such as attend events or work with children)
until your screening checks are completed. Only our HR teams will
be able to confirm your volunteering status with you.
Roles supporting our frontline services
Support roles cover the majority of our volunteer opportunities
including trainers, community fundraisers, logistics, safeguarding,
assurance and more.
Following an informal interview (either face-to-face or over the
phone) we will need to check your right to volunteer in the UK and
your identity; seek two references and possibly check your health
and fitness to undertake the role.
When all this is done you can start volunteering – you’ll meet
with your line manager, and complete any induction and training courses required for
the role, before you start.