I got an email saying I was in the 'pool' in August so seems I got lucky and must have sneaked in.
I was at the assessment centre in May.
Things to bear in mind -
You have to print off and fill in about 25 pages of forms and it's recommended to print and read about another 100 pages of info (new ink cartridge is on order).
You arrange a uniform fitting before the start date to collect the uniform on the first day, suit is recommended for the first day.
There's a multiple choice exam in the first week on what was covered in the PLC and you must get above 60%.
I think you do the fitness test again after initial training (10 weeks).
40 hour weeks, 8am-4pm I think.
Substance misuse test in the first week.
You need to keep faith, I'd pretty much given up getting a start date before next Spring so was really surprised and happy to start before Christmas.