Guest blog: IDVT and the Move Towards Digital Vetting
The introduction of IDVT in early April reinforces the fact vetting processes are moving towards being more digital. Being able to digitally ID someone and verify their documents online is a giant leap towards the whole background checking process being digital end to end.
Moving from a paper-based to a fully digital vetting process may seem daunting for local authorities who are stretched to beyond breaking point. But by partnering with a vetting and screening provider like Talent Clouds to enable this process for them, there are a myriad of benefits that will serve them well in the long-term.
1.) Data Storage
One of the most irritating and time-consuming processes of the check request process is having to fill out multiple forms with the same information. Technology can eradicate this problem by saving the data that is entered into it, meaning that requesting multiple checks, and renewing checks several years down the line, is far easier and less time-consuming.
2.) Minimising Error
One of the greatest drawbacks of paper-based vetting processes is the increased likelihood of error somewhere in the forms.
Current technologies can identify errors and discrepancies in applications before they are sent better than the naked eye. Therefore, as well as being faster, it is also more secure and cost-effective, with valuable money saved through not having as many rejected applications.
3.) Cost Savings
The pandemic has stretched local authority budgets like never before - and every penny is vital. Paper-based applications are time-consuming and cumbersome, with the same details needing to be filled out for multiple applications, and with a higher risk of money being wasted on applications that are eventually rejected due to minor errors.
Digital application brings increased efficiencies saving valuable time and money so local authorities can invest in what local authorities do best - providing valuable public services.
It is a sad truth that the pandemic saw a sharp rise in ID fraud and fake credentials being submitted in job applications. To deal with this threat properly, employers cannot rely simply on manual processes, with the naked eye alone verifying documents.
With the past two years stretching the personnel and financial resources of local authorities to near breaking point, it is time to start finding ways to make processes simpler and less draining through the latest technologies. Digital vetting is just one example - it is more secure, better value for money, and simpler in the long-term. The pandemic has proved that the technology works - let’s continue using it.
Thomas Conlon, Marketing Executive at Talent Clouds
Local Public Services Innovation: Creating a catalyst for change
techUK, in collaboration with its Local Public Services Committee, has published a new report making the case for enhanced digital innovation adoption across the UK’s local public services to improve citizens’ lives. The report, ‘Local Public Services Innovation: Creating a catalyst for change’