Vehicle Standards Assessor – Zone A (Northern England and Scotland)

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  • Post Date: January 15, 2020
Job Description

Aberdeen, Ayr, Carlisle, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dewsbury, Driffield, Edinburgh, Gainsborough, Gateshead, Glasgow, Goole, Grimsby, Halifax, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Immingham, Rotherham, Sheffield, Washington, Wetherby


Do you have mechanical experience on anything from cars to HGVs?

Do you have a great eye for detail?

Would you like the opportunity to make a difference to road safety in Great Britain?

If so, this is a brilliant opportunity to join the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

We are the government agency dedicated to helping people stay safe on Great Britain’s roads.

We’re looking to recruit mechanically talented people who have a positive attitude and work ethic, with great customer focus and a high level of professionalism.


As a Vehicle Standards Assessor (VSA), you’ll use your knowledge and experience to carry out technical examinations on a variety of vehicles to ensure they are legally compliant.

Working at a number of Authorised Testing Facilities (ATF’s), you’ll become a recognised expert in roadworthiness standards for the HGV and PSV industries. You’ll play a key part in providing a high quality service and offering advice on vehicle safety and maintenance.

Working Hours and Salary

You’ll work an average of 37 hours per week, working flexibly over the course of the year.

Your salary will start at £21,167 with up to £9000 in allowances depending on location. There are monthly flexibility payments in the allowances dependant on you meeting certain criteria.

Please indicate your preferred location in the space provided when you submit your application.

You must live within a 30 minute commutable distance to your preferred location selection.

About us

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) helps everyone stay safe on Britain’s roads.

We do this by helping people through a lifetime of safe driving, helping them keep their vehicles safe to drive, and protecting them from unsafe drivers and vehicles.

Our work affects millions of people and thousands of businesses. Most importantly, our work saves lives.

We’re an organisation that values professional expertise. We work in inclusive and diverse teams. Meeting the needs of the people who use our services runs through everything we do.

We have exciting plans for the next 5 years to continue making our roads safer. Join us on our journey and help us to save lives.

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department.

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and communities, including individuals who identify as female, male, trans, non binary, disabled, black, Asian or minority ethnic etc.

Find out more about working at DVSA


A current full driving licence to drive Category B vehicles


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

    • Making Effective Decisions
    • Communicating and Influencing
    • Working Together
    • Managing a Quality Service.

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • DVSA Technical Competency Framework – Knowledge of Vehicles
  • DVSA Technical Competency Framework – Vehicle Examination

Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits.

This includes:
– a generous annual leave entitlement,
– attractive pension options,
– flexible working,
– good career development opportunities,
– a variety of career paths,
– inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

In addition to the above, you will also have access to :

– a dedicated training programme upon your start date
– a full uniform and the necessary equipment to undertake the role
– the option of a lease vehicle

For this role, we provide additional allowances of a £2,590 technical allowance and a £3,500 flexibility module payment.

There are additional monthly flexibility payments when the criteria for these are met.

Posts within the M25 receive an additional allowance of £4,000, and posts in Aberdeen receive an additional allowance of £2,500.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

As part of your application you are required to provide a Personal Statement.

Please tailor your Personal Statement to provide evidence of:

•Any experience you have of working with vehicles or vehicle inspection

•Any customer service experience

If you are successful at the initial sift, you will also be required to complete an online technical assessment which will be sent to the email address you have provided on your application.

Please note, we are unable to resend the link to an alternative email address. We would also encourage you to check your junk emails as we don’t want you to miss out on this opportunity.

Please note that any part of the Job Profile could be tested at sift/interview.

Sift & Interview Dates and Locations

A rolling sift of applications will be conducted and the technical online assessment is planned to be issued to all those successful at sift during w/c 17th February 2020.

Interview/assessment are likely to be held from w/c 2nd March 2020.

Interview location to be confirmed.

Whilst we will endeavour to meet the dates set out in the advert there may be occasions when these dates will change. Those candidates invited to assessment will be provided with sufficient notice of confirmed dates.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

How to Apply

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview
• an interview with one or more exercises
• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:

• what energises and motivates you
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role
• your previous experience
• your professional skills and knowledge

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Further Information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service /Disclosure Scotland (If location is in England will be DBS and Scotland will be Disclosure Scotland) on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

For further information on the Disclosure Scotland confidential checking service telephone: the Disclosure Scotland Helpline on 0870 609 6006 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs

• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission:

Click here to visit Civil Service Commission

Childcare Vouchers

Any move to the Department for Transport (DfT) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.
Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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Contact point for applicants
Job contact :
Name: Simon Jackson
Recruitment team :
Email :

Further information
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here ( to visit Civil Service Commission

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