Top Tips when applying for a TNA Role
The TNA role is a fantastic opportunity to progress to a registered nursing role; however you should not underestimate the work and commitment required. As a TNA you will effectively be working in a full time role and completing a foundation degree in nursing within two years. If you are interested in becoming a TNA now or in the future, speak to your manager, contact your divisional nurse recruitment leads for further information.
This section should give you some useful hints and tips on completing the application form to give you the best chance of getting an invite to the assessment centre.
Completing the TRAC application from
To apply for a TNA role you will need to complete a TRAC application form as instructed in the advert. The application form is lengthy, but you need to make sure you spend time to complete it with as much information as possible.
The TNA recruitment process is competitive with high numbers of applicants and the selection process is anonymous. The shortlister does not see your personal details so it is important that you provide all the relevant details in the application form.
First impressions count, don’t assume you will get an interview.
The application form is the first stage of the application process and will help us understand you, your current skill set and your academic achievements. As a potential TNA apprentice it is important to remember that you will be studying for a foundation degree in nursing.
Completing the following sections on the TRAC application form will ensure that we get the information we need to understand your suitability for the role. Please pay particular attention to the following sections of the form:
- Education & Professional Qualifications
You should provide a complete list of all of your qualifications. So as proceed to shortlisting it is essential that have the required qualifications, full details of the essential qualifications are on the Person Specification.
- Relevant Training Courses Attended
As an experienced and competent healthcare support worker you should have attended a number of training courses. Please list these courses, to provide evidence of your competency within your current role and continuing professional development.
- Current/most recent employer & Previous employer
To ensure we get all the information we need and to understand your suitability for the role you will need to provide a full work history. This should include your current employer, the types of patients you have looked after and any additional initiatives or projects you may have been involved in the clinical area.
You may have worked in non-clinical roles in the past, and it is important that you also include these roles. There are many skills, gained in a previous role that are transferable to a healthcare setting, be sure to state them in your application form.
This section is essential, and an ideal opportunity for you to explain why you are an ideal candidate for the tNA role. Before completing this section it is really important that you have read the Job Description (JD) and Person Specification (PS) in detail.
Your application is scored based on quality and detail you provide to match the requirements stated in the JD & PS. Most importantly you should demonstrate a good understand of the tNA role and that of the Registered Nursing Associate.
We will also be using this section to assess your communication skills, and you should take time to complete this section in a well thought out, detailed and concise manner.
Once you have completed your application make sure you check it thoroughly. Incorrect spelling, badly structured sentences and lack of relevant detail is not going to result in a quality application. Make sure that your application is not too long; don’t include information that is irrelevant or repetitive.
Your application form will be forwarded for shortlisting when the advert closes. All personal information is removed and each application is identified by a unique number. The shortlister evaluates each application, using scoring a criteria which is based on the Person Specification. If there are large number of applicants this process may take a week or two to complete.
Applications must achieve a minimum score to be invited to the assessment the day and interview. Candidates will be informed of the outcome via the TRAC e-mail system.
Successful candidates will be required to provide evidence of their academic qualifications, please ensure that you have the original certificates.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to full day assessment centre as detailed in the job advert. This day will include a mix group based activities and a formal interview by panel. The day is run in collaboration with the education provider responsible for the academic aspect of the apprenticeship.