Smart Resourcing Solutions enjoy win at prestigious ISE Awards

Smart Resourcing Solutions (SRS) enjoyed an impressive award win with client University of Hertfordshire at Wednesday's Institute of Student Employer Awards in London. The trophy was awarded for the Best Preparation for Work: Single Initiative Award in recognition of the hugely successful Assessment Centre Experience (ACE) assessment simulation. 

ACE was embedded within curriculum for over 1100 students last year and it has recently been confirmed that SRS have been awarded the contract for ACE 2018 which will see around 2000 students take part in the programme. ACE is the largest assessment simulation in the UK, if not worldwide and sees the students take part in assessment exercises which are relevant to their ideal graduate careers. The programme has been running since 2016 and grows year on year with the ambition that every second year student will have the opportunity to take part. The event is run at Watford Stadium which provides an ideal venue to support the volume of students taking part.

The ISE Student Development Awards are the benchmark for outstanding performance, recognising and rewarding excellence across a broad range of categories. SRS were also finalists in the Best Supplier Contribution category.

Sophie Milliken, managing director at SRS comments: "I am so pleased to have won this award! The ISE is well-known within our industry and recognition of the ACE programme from them is a real accolade for us and the university. To be able to call ACE an award-winning programme is such a fantastic feeling and a really positive message to current and future University of Hertfordshire students."

Judith Baines, Head of Careers and Employability at the University of Hertfordshire said: “I’m delighted to win this award for the assessment centre simulations run in partnership with SRS. The support from senior management within the university has been crucial to enable us to run such a large scale initiative, as has the support from SRS to both the students and the staff at Hertfordshire.“

If you are considering assessment simulations, we would love to talk to you about how we can support. Feel free to get in touch to discuss or to come along and see one in action and see for yourself the impact they have.


Smart Resourcing Solutions award win
award win for Smart Resourcing Solutions

Northern Power Women Future List Appointment for Sophie Milliken

Managing Director, Sophie Milliken and University Partnerships Manager, Louise Grimes attended the glamorous Northern Power Women Awards last night at the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester.

At the awards it was announced that Sophie has earned a place on this year's Future List. The Future List recognises the influencers, leaders and change makers who are making a difference in their environments and communities.

Sophie has been a long time supporter of women in business, championing Northern Power Women and the North East in particular.

Northern Power Women is a collaborative campaign to accelerate gender diversity from the North of England. It aims to transform the culture of organisations to increase opportunities for women and showcase role models and best practice for organisations that are helping to drive and leading economic growth. It engages women and men from all industries and business areas as ‘agents of change’ and connects them, collaborates with them and celebrates their achievements as campaign champions and advocates to drive gender balance in and from the north of England.


Sophie Milliken Northern Powern Women Future List

Appointment of Barry Davison as Employer Partnerships Manager

We are proud and excited to announce the appointment of Barry Davison in the role of Employer Partnerships Manager. In this newly created role, Barry will be responsible for supporting our employer clients with assessment design and delivery, assessor training and early talent learning and development. Barry has worked with Smart Resourcing Solutions as an Associate Consultant since November 2017. Prior to that, Barry worked in a variety of HR roles at the John Lewis Partnership.

The appointment of Barry to our permanent team is recognition of the excellent work he has completed for us so far with both university and employer clients. Barry brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as infectious enthusiasm, which will enhance our client relationships. This newly created role of Employer Partnerships Manager reflects the growth in employer work we have acquired in the last few months and allows us to provide dedicated resource to support employers.
— Sophie Milliken, Managing Director, Smart Resourcing Solutions
Barry Davison Smart Resourcing Solutions

Hiring for Success – Sophie Milliken supports Forward ladies webinar as guest presenter

As a business owner, do you worry about hiring new employees?

Join Smart Resourcing Solutions MD, Sophie Milliken on the Forward Ladies March webinar. This webinar is designed specifically for SME Business owners to help you when recruiting and teach you how to hire great employees for your business.

The aim of this webinar is:

  • To gain an understanding of how to recruit employees
  • To learn about different options that can form your selection process
  • To give your candidates an excellent experience regardless as to whether they get the job

You will learn:

  • How to construct a basic selection process
  • Different assessment techniques
  • Legal considerations when hiring staff
  • The importance of the candidate experience
  • Inducting your new employee

The webinar is live on Tuesday 13th March 12-1pm. Tickets are available on Eventbrite:

Further detail on the webinar is available on the Forward Ladies website.

TWO places in the final for University of Hertfordshire and Smart Resourcing Solutions ACE partnership as ISE unveils Student Development Awards finalists

The Institute of Student Employers (ISE) has revealed the finalists in its annual Student Development Awards, which recognise and reward organisations committed to training and developing student talent.

Smart Resourcing Solutions and University of Hertfordshire have been listed in two categories:

  • Best Preparation for Work: Single Initiative Award

  • Best Supplier Contribution Award

A panel of learning and development professionals will judge the shortlist and the winners will be announced at the ISE Student Development Conference and Awards in London on 28 March.

Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive at the ISE said: “We’re delighted at the number and high quality of entrants. Every year the bar is raised a little higher, which is testament to the investment and commitment of our industry to nurture and develop students.”

Both award entries focus on the Assessment Centre Experience (ACE) programme which is an employability collaboration between the university and Smart Resourcing Solutions. We believe ACE to be the largest scale assessment simulation event in the UK. Hosted at Watford Stadium, 1100 students were able to benefit from the programme in November 2017 and the programme is due to support almost 2000 students this year.

Judith Baines, Head of Careers and Employment Service at University of Hertfordshire commented: “We are thrilled to hear that the Assessment Centre Experience programme has been shortlisted for two awards. Working with Smart Resourcing Solutions has been brilliant throughout, ensuring we could offer an outstanding, realistic experience for our second year learners. Partnering with SRS has meant we could scale up our offer to more students and still ensure a professional and realistic environment. We are pleased that the success of this project is being recognised by employers and the wider industry as the feedback from students has already been fantastic.”

Sophie Milliken, Managing Director at Smart Resourcing Solutions is delighted: “The ISE awards are special as they are so specific to our industry. Being a finalist in two categories this year with our partners at University of Hertfordshire is a wonderful recognition of the hard work of a number of brilliant people – the whole Careers Service, key stakeholders within each of the Schools, our employer supporters, Watford Stadium and my own team. This is the largest assessment simulation in the UK and we are so proud of this recognition.”

ISE Development Award listing for Smart Resourcing Solutions and Hertfordshire