Once interviews are complete, all appointable candidates are ranked in order of the total score awarded to them. The region will then begin making offers to candidates based on this ranking and each candidate's programme preferences.

All offers, and responses to them, are made via the Oriel system.

The first offer will be made to the highest-scoring candidate; the next to the second-highest; and so on until all offers have been made. Each candidate to be made an offer will be offered the highest available of their programme preferences.

After all programmes have been offered to candidates, those which are declined will be re-offered to the next ranked candidate in contention for that programme.

This process will continue until either all available CT1 vacancies have been filled, or the region has exhausted its pool of eligible/appointable candidates.

A region can begin making offers to candidates once its CT1 interviews for this round have been completed, it has compiled and verified all scores, and the closing date for programme preferences has passed.

There are a number of factors to bear in mind:

Timing varies for different regions

All regions are keen to begin making offers as soon as possible, however timing can vary for various reasons. Some of the considerations include:

  • Regions interviewing later in the interview window will likely make offers at a later stage than those interviewing at the beginning of the window.
  • Larger regions with more candidates being assessed will have more assessments to check; and so can take a little longer to make offers in some cases.
  • Programme preferences will need to be completed before the offer process can commence so the deadline will dictate the earliers that offers could be made.

Offers made in iterations

Not all candidates will receive an offer in the first 'batch' of offers that are made. Higher-scoring candidates will receive offers first. Any offers declined can be recycled to lower ranked candidates.

Should the higher-scoring candidates opt to hold offers (see the responding to offers page) for a period of time and then choose to reject later on, this will delay how quickly offers can be re-circulated.

Deadline for first offers

Every region must make its first batch of offers by Thursday 2 March 2017. So if a region has 30 posts available, for example, at least 30 candidates must have been made an offer by this deadline (assuming 30 candidates are in line for offers).

In practice, most regions will be underway with offering posts before this.

Holding deadline

When offers are made, candidates will be given the option to hold their offer. If a candidate opts to hold an offer, they must respond to it (ie accept or reject it) by 1pm (UK time) on Thursday 9 March 2017. Consequently it is usually the case that this will release a few more posts which can be offered. 

[See the responding to offers page of this website for more information on holding offers and the offer-holding deadline.]

Offers will be made as quickly as possible

Although the speed at which offers will be made will vary by region, all regions are keen for post offers to be made as quickly as is possible.

However, there will be necessary delays so please be aware delays are possible. It is appreciated that this will be an anxious time for candidates but it is important that the process runs properly rather than quickly.

Where possible you will be informed if there is expected to be a significant delay to when offers will commence.

Final offers deadline

Regions will cease making offers directly after Friday 17 March 2017. After this point, the period of national clearing will begin. If you have been considered appointable but have not received an offer and are still in contention you will be contacted about clearing.

See the clearing page of this website for more information.