V&A Dundee

Recruitment and Selection Policy

This outlines the selection of staff, conducted in a manner that is efficient and effective and promotes equality of opportunity

Recruitment and Selection Policy

Introduction

V&A Dundee is committed to recruiting and retaining a skilled competent and motivated workforce and ensuring that the recruitment and selection of staff is conducted in a manner that is efficient and effective and promotes equality of opportunity.

Our staff recruitment practices will:

  • Attract and engage the highest quality candidates
  • Encourage applications from all sections of the local community
  • Enhance our reputation as an employer-of-choice by delivering an outstanding candidate experience to all applicants – both successful and unsuccessful
  • Be fair and consistent
  • Be non-discriminatory and inclusive of people from all walks of life
  • Meet legislative and regulatory requirements in relation to GDPR and Right to Work in the UK

V&A Dundee will be the first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland: an international centre for design, a place of inspiration, discovery and learning. It is being delivered through a partnership of the V&A, Dundee City Council, Scottish Enterprise, the University of Dundee and Abertay University, an innovative new museums model.

Renowned architect Kengo Kuma’s first British building, V&A Dundee will be a new living room for the city for all to enjoy and be inspired. Our galleries will present the largely untold story of Scotland’s outstanding design achievements, bringing together in one place the world-renowned V&A collections with loans from other collections in Scotland and beyond to allow everyone to understand and be inspired by this important design heritage.

We will bring touring exhibitions from the V&A and other international museums to Scotland, as well as curating its own exhibitions in future years. V&A Dundee will have an international outlook: investigating the global importance of design, commissioning new work and contributing to public understanding of the role of design in everyone’s lives.

Our Recruiting Philosophy

Recruiting talented staff is key to our mission of enriching lives through design. It is only through the quality of our staff that we can inspire visitors to the museum, celebrate design heritage, nurture and promote contemporary design talent, and encourage design innovation for the future, especially through our work with young people. We are committed to being an employer of choice by a wide and diverse range of people.

Responsible

By ensuring that we select the most suitable person for the job at the right time and on the basis of relevant experience, knowledge, skills and qualifications.

Professional

By following a clearly structured and equal selection process for each applicant.

Efficient and effective

By having clear and efficient recruitment and selection processes and procedures that are effective for both the Recruiting Manager and the applicants.

Promoting Equality and Diversity

By ensuring that that our recruitment and selection practices are not discriminatory.

V&A Dundee is committed to sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment and achieving its aims and commitments as set out in its Equality and Diversity Policy. This includes fulfilling its obligations under the Equality Act 2010. The Equality Act 2010 provides a comprehensive framework to employers and service providers and was introduced to strengthen equality law and to make it more transparent and easier to understand. The Act strengthens and extends protection to cover nine protected characteristics and also extended the definitions of discrimination.

Protected characteristics are the grounds upon which discrimination is unlawful. The protected characteristics defined under the Act are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Marital Status
  • Pregnancy
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Ex-offenders with “spent” convictions

As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to complete an equality monitoring form Such information will not be available to recruiting managers; therefore, it will not be used for selection purposes. Building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce is important as it allows V&A Dundee to gauge the effectiveness of its Equality and Diversity policies and procedures and promote equality and inclusion.