Your First Day

As you embark on your journey with us, we want your first day to be as welcoming, informative, and smooth as possible.
A flow chart that sets out what to expect at certain milestones within your first six months at Kent,

Day One

On your first day your line manager will talk you through the probation process and welcome you to your new role, providing you with information they have prepared in advance about the expectations regarding your work performance, conduct and attendance, as well as a copy of your probation and induction programme. 

Prior to your first day, you'll need to undergo a right to work verification with our HR team. This usually requires presenting your passport (and a visa document if necessary) to a team member, demonstrating your eligibility to work in the UK.  

Alternative documents can be accepted in lieu of a passport; more information on this can be found on the Government website. 

If you have not completed a right to work check before your start date, please bring your documents with you on your first day. 

This check MUST be completed before any work is undertaken; failure to do so may result in a delay in your start date. 

You will be taken through your job description and the main duties of your new role, detailing any key service and performance standards specific to your school/department. This may include:

  • Setting expectations of behaviours and standards and how these will be monitored, including frequency. 
  • Quality and quantity of output expected.
  • A discussion on any skills you will need to acquire and protocols to learn
  • Deadlines to be met/upcoming projects within your area and your involvement
  • Key stakeholders and working relationships.

You should also be assigned a probation/induction mentor who will be there to help you settle into your role and will act as a source of advice and information, as well as a confidential ear. 

You will also be invited to complete the online induction on our Staff Training System (Moodle) and will have the opportunity to attend the virtual Central Welcome event within your first 3 months. 

Your manager is responsible for arranging your KentOne cards, passes, computer and access codes, office keys and access to drives and shared areas. 

If you have a disability that needs disclosing, please do so as soon as possible so assessments can be made for reasonable adjustments in consultation with a designated HR Adviser and Occupational Health. Where necessary, Access to Work funding can be arranged within your first six weeks. 

It is also advised that you complete the inclusion passport with your line manager. This, and other toolkits, guides and resources, can be found on our EDI pages. 

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