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Applying for judicial and public appointments

Date: 5th June 2020

Time: 09:30 - 17:00

Law Society of Scotland
Atria one, 144 Morrison street

CPD Hours: 6hours

Practical, intensive training to guide applicants through the competency-based selection process used when making judicial, quasi-judicial and public appointments, from completing the application form to excelling at interview.

This intensive training has been designed to support new applicants through the competency-based selection process used when making judicial appointments.

You will receive practical advice on completing the application form and invaluable interview practice, as well as feedback on how to effectively incorporate and demonstrate your experiences and abilities throughout the selection process, helping you to make a positive impact.

We are delighted to welcome Chief Executive of JABS, John Craig, at the end of the day.

Don't miss your chance to get invaluable insights into the application process!

This course is aimed at individuals who have sufficient experience and ability to demonstrate that that they meet the eligibility requirements for judicial, quasi-judicial and public appointments.

This training focuses on equipping you with the skills to enhance your application and interview performance. It will also help prepare you for other competency-based selection process within either the private or public sectors.

Attendees are required to bring the list of competencies relevant to the role that they are interested in applying for.

Given the high level of detailed information required in competency-based applications, it is essential that individuals begin preparing well ahead of the vacancy being officially launched (ideally a minimum of six months in advance).

By attending this training course, you will

  • Be able to effectively complete the competency-based application form
  • Anticipate interview questions and practice responding to typical questions with impact
  • Access expertise from an ex Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) and public appointments independent panel member/assessor
  • Leave with an action plan to prepare for the next opportunity

Manjula Bray has gained significant experience as an ex-independent assessor with the National Assembly for Wales (under the Office for the Commissioner for Public appointments) and the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) in England.

As a business psychologist and executive/career coach, Manjula’s work is focussed in the area of candidate assessment, assisting employers to select the right person for senior roles, and supporting individuals to achieve their best in their careers. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and an ex-HR practitioner.

Manjula has successfully supported and coached numerous individuals to judicial, quasi-judicial and public positions in Scotland, Wales and England. Working as an independent consultant she develops and delivers occupational/business psychology solutions (leadership and management development, executive coaching, psychometric testing and assessment/development centres) and has participated in positive action and CPD activities in partnership with the Law Society of England and Wales since 2009.

  • 09:30 - 10:00

    Registration, refreshments and networking
  • • What are competencies and how they are used
    • Judicial competencies and expected behaviours

  • 11:30 - 11:45

    Mid-morning refreshments and networking
  • • Identifying suitable content
    • Structuring competency-based examples
    • Practice developing your own example(s) with peer and facilitator support

  • 13:00 - 13:45

    Lunch and networking
  • • Preparation
    • The art of providing constructive feedback
    • Practice of answering typical judicial questions

  • 15:00 - 15:15

    Afternoon refreshments and networking
  • • Feedback and reflection
    • Review of other competency-based assessments
    • Action planning

  • 16:15 - 16:45

    John Craig, Chief Executive, JABS
  • 16:45 - 17.00

    Final comments and close


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