After submission your application will progress through the next stages of the recruitment process.

  • Long-listing and short-listing - see the above tabs for further information regarding how your application will be assessed against the eligibility criteria, ranked and assigned to interview.
  • Interview - information regarding the interview process.
  • Offers and employment - information regarding selecting your programme preferences, how offers are made, and the final steps of the recruitment process.

How do I know if my application has been submitted?

There are three ways by which you can confirm that your application has been submitted:

  1. You will receive an automatic email confirming submission. Please note that the email may not arrive immediately upon submission of your application. In busy times, particularly near the application closing date, there can be a significant delay in when this email is received.
  2. Check your messages in your Oriel account. Any emails sent to you via the application system will be stored in your candidate portal on Oriel (ie your 'account') in the 'My Messages' section of your Dashboard.
  3. Check that your application status has been updated from 'In progress' to 'Applied'. This can be seen in the 'My Applications' area of your Dashboard.

If you have still not received an email the day after submitting your application, please contact the CT1 helpdesk:


Once your application has been submitted it will be handled by the region you have cited as first-choice preference, who will carry out 'long-listing'. Long-listing is carried out to a defined timetable by which all regions must have completed long-listing their candidates; this is published on the dates & posts page of the website.

The region will check your application and any information accompanying it against the CT1 eligibility criteria (as described within the CT1 person specifications, and detailed on the am I eligible? section of this website). There are three possible outcomes during long-listing:

  • Your application is found to be eligible and you can proceed to the next stage (see below).
  • Your application is found not to be eligible, you will be emailed confirmation of this as soon as it is confirmed.
  • More information is required to establish your eligibility. Where this is the case you will be given a deadline by which to repsond. It is highly important to respond by the deadline as otherwise your application is likely to be rejected. Upon receipt of the requested information it will be decided whether or not you can proceed.

If you do not hear anything during the long-listing period this is likely to mean that 'no news is good news' as recruiters only initially contact applications where they require clarification or they are not eligible.

Acceptance of application form

Once a region has completed long-listing, eligible candidates will receive an email to confirm this and that their application will progress to short-listing, where it will be ranked alongside all other CT1 applications nationally on the basis of the score awarded to it.

This is not a guarantee of eligibility - in the event information arises later in the process showing that you are not eligible, your application can still be rejected at that point.

For more information on the eligibility criteria and the process by which you can demonstrate that you meet them, please see the am I eligible? section of this website.


If your application is judged to be eligible, it will then progress to short-listing, where it is established if and where you will be interviewed. Short-listing takes place in a defined period once all long-listing is complete; this is included in the timeline for the round.

Application forms are scored via self-assessment of the answers provided by you in the scoring section of the application form.

To give transparency and guidance on how to complete your form, an application scoring page has been published on this website, which details the scores available for each area of achievement  - eg experience, achievements, qualifications, etc.

The total score of each application, referred to as a 'short-list' (or 'SL') score, will be the basis upon which all applications are ranked and assigned to interviews.

Ranking of candidates

All applications are ranked in short-list score order. In short-listing, candidates will be allocated to the region which will invite them to interview in order of score - ie highest-first, then next-highest, etc.

The region at which you are invited to interview will be dependent upon three factors - the SL score awarded to your form, the region preferences you gave on your application form, and the interview capacity of those regions.

Cascade of applications

Where possible, you will be invited to interview at the region you gave as your first-choice preference.

However, in the event the interview capacity of that region has been filled by candidates with higher SL scores, you will instead be invited by your second-choice preference region. If your second-choice region has also filled its interview capacity with higher SL-scorers, you will be invited by your third-choice; and so on.

In the event that there are no spaces left at any of your regional preferences, you will not be allocated a place.

All candidates will be emailed once short-listing is completed to inform them of the outcome.

Applications remain at regions once cascaded

Please note that once allocated to a region for interview, this is the only region that can make you an offer in the main round.

That said; it may be possible that your application can be transferred for consideration at other regions once the main round has closed, in a period of national clearing.