Management Training Scheme (MTS)

Application process

Stage 1: Online Application Form & Assessments

This initial application process consists of two key stages: an online application form followed by online verbal and numerical reasoning assessments.

PLEASE NOTE: This online process is compatible with all major browser applications (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc) however it is important that you enable all cookies and turn off pop up blockers BEFORE you start your application form.

The online form consists of:

  • The standard NHS Scotland application
  • Eligibility questions which you must satisfy in order to progress to the online assessments
  • Five competency based questions linked to the leadership competencies we are testing throughout this process.

Once you have completed the application form, you will receive a prompt to complete the verbal and numerical reasoning assessments - each assessment is timed and takes up to 35 minutes. You should expect the full application process to take at least 3 hours to complete. It is strongly recommended that you read all the supporting documentation before commencing your application.

We will typically expect to receive around 350 applications at this stage. As such, we use a range of methods to assess your potential. We therefore encourage you to allow sufficient time to complete both the application form and assessments to the best of your ability.

Your completed online application form together with your two online assessments need to be completed and submitted by the Stage 1 deadline (12 noon Wednesday 20 February 2019). We strongly encourage you to complete both the application form and the two online tests as early as possible before this deadline (we would recommend a minimum of 72hrs to allow sufficient time to respond to any unexpected queries you may encounter).

Stage 2: Assessment Centre

Successful candidates from Stage 1 will be invited to take part in the Assessment Centre to help us find out more about your aptitude and skills set.

The Assessment Centre will be held on the 13th and 14th of March 2019.

Location: Scottish Health Service Centre, Crewe Road South, Edinburgh, EH4 2LF                                                                                                        

Stage 3: Interview

Successful candidates from Stage 2 will be invited to attend an competency based interview - this will be the final stage of the selection process.  You will also be asked to complete an Emotional Intelligence profile before attending the interview with full confidential feedback made available after the interview.                                                                

Interviews will be held on the 4th of April 2019.                       

Location: Mercure Glasgow City Hotel, Ingram Street, Glasgow G1 1DQ


We will let candidates know as soon as possible after interview if they have been successful and are a preferred candidate.  We will then undertake pre-employment checks and look forward to making formal offers of employment by the end of May 2019. At this time, and in consultation with you and the host boards, we will confirm which Health Board you will start your career with.

Over the following few months, we will stay in touch with you and help to arrange a visit with your new employer. You will then start your career with NHSScotland in September 2019.

Terms and Conditions

Once your pre-employment checks are completed you will be issued with a contract of employment.  In year 1 and 2 you will be employed and paid by NHS Education for Scotland.  In year 3 you will be employed and paid by your NHS Host Board.

The salary structure for the scheme is as follows (will be updated April 2019):

Year 1 - 65% of the maximum of Agenda for Change Band 6 (currently £24,057 per annum based on 2018 salary scales)

Year 2 - 70% of the maximum of Agenda for Change Band 6 (currently £25,907 per annum based on 2018 salary scales)

Year 3 - 75% of the maximum of Agenda for Change Band 6 (currently £27,758 per annum based on 2018 salary scales)