Driving Examiner

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Closing date: 21 Jun 2018

Reference number



£24,876 - £26,120


Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

Other - Operations

Type of role

Operational Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



South East, London

About the job

Job description

Joining DVSA is your chance to make a real difference to the safety of UK roads and communities, by making sure new drivers are safe to be on the roads. Our vision is for safer drivers, safer vehicles and safer roads.

As an experienced driver with excellent judgement, you already help to keep our roads safe. With DVSA, you can do it on a whole new scale.

Being a driving examiner involves meeting a variety of new people every day, and testing their driving skills out on the road. You’ll be calm under pressure and able to put learner drivers at ease at a time when they are likely to be nervous. You’ll work in a great place, with friendly colleagues as committed as you are.

There are opportunities to continuously develop and progress with a range of management or specialist roles, and access to learning and development. It’s an incredibly rewarding job.

When you join us as a driving examiner, we’ll support you with 5 weeks’ training. As Driving Examiner training is modular you have to pass each modular in order to pass the training.

And with a flexible benefits package including pension and support for your work-life balance, the journey will be a rewarding one.

To apply, you need to be 24 or over with great people skills and a passion for keeping our roads safe. You’ll have held a driving licence for 4 years and have no more than three penalty points on your licence.

Your main responsibilities in this role will be:

• conducting safe and consistent driving tests with learner drivers and reporting test results
• being friendly and courteous with all candidates
• comply with DVSA guidelines on driving tests and develop your skills where necessary
• getting on well with colleagues and managers

What we offer

As well as the salary, any allowances and generous annual leave for the role you’ve applied for, you may also be eligible for:

• Civil Service pension contributions
• tax-free childcare, a government scheme helping parents with the cost of childcare.
• our cycle to work scheme - saving up to 48% on the cost of a bicycle and equipment
• an interest-free loan to pay for a discounted travel season ticket
• access to discount schemes, special deals on healthcare and insurance
• access to an employee assistance programme

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 can proudly announce that the Department for Transport has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017.

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.

Customer facing roles in DfT require the ability to converse with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English (or Welsh where necessary). This will be assessed during the selection process.


You need to be at least 24 years old, have held a UK or EU licence continuously for the last 4 years, and currently have no more than 3 penalty points on your licence to be eligible to apply. Any endorsements will be taken into account on a case by case basis.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Making effective decisions
  • Managing a quality service
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Leading and communicating
  • Delivering at pace

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Besides the rewarding nature of the job itself, the benefits that come with it are excellent. The package includes generous leave entitlement, attractive pension options, flexible working and other policies to enable a good work/life balance, including beneficial childcare arrangements. You'll also benefit from our commitment to nurturing and developing talent.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

How to apply

Once you have submitted your application you will then receive a link to complete the next stage of the application process which is an on-line suitability test.

The link to the online suitability test will be sent to the email address you have registered with w/c 25/06/2018. It is important to note that we are only able to send the test to the email address that you have provided on your CS Jobs account.

Please check your junk email folders as we don't want you to miss out on the chance to become one of our Driving Examiners.

Successful candidates at this stage will be invited to an Assessment Day. The Assessment Day will be held over the weekend of 21 and 22 July 2018 (further dates may be available at a later stage. The Assessment Day will take place at:

DVSA Training & Development
Harrowden Lane
Bedford MK44 3EQ

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.

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.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

For further information on this vacancy please contact - recruitment.newcastle@dvsa.gov.uk

Sift/interview dates and location

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

Further information

For a full list of the locations available please see the Locations document attached to this advert.

Please see attached candidate notes.

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

If appropriate, your application form and selection information may be shared with additional vacancy holders across the Department and its Agencies.

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 DfTRecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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: dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gsi.gov.uk

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

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