Lights, camera, action! Continuous improvement of our assessment simulations.

We have been running our assessment centre simulation programmes for almost five years now and are proud to be the leading supplier of large-scale assessment simulations in the UK - evidenced by the number and scale of events we run, the number of universities we work with and the relevant awards we have been recognised for. 

After each event, we review what went well (lots - we are experts at this now!) and also, what we can do to make things even better for both the university and students next time.

This video shows a tiny example of one improvement. In year one with the University of Hertfordshire, we delivered in person briefings to the students during their lectures. Last year (year two) we made this an online briefing to ensure a consistent message and that all students had the opportunity to view it. This year, we are making it more engaging by filming it at the venue - Vicarage Road, home of Watford FC. Not only is this more interesting for the students, it helps us to address some of the concerns they have, showing them exactly where they need to go and bringing to life how the day will run. This is also one way of us supporting students with anxiety to feel more prepared and confident ahead of attending their assessment simulation day.

 

 
 

Forward Ladies National Awards Finalist!

Forward Ladies has announced the shortlist for the 2018 National Awards, an inspirational programme showcasing diversity in business, recognising the doers, trailblazers and inclusive leaders across the UK. 

We are delighted to announce that our very own MD, Sophie Milliken has been shortlisted for the Diversity Champion of the Year category in Yorkshire, North East & Scotland.

The shortlisted applicants in each of the categories will be invited to attend the glittering regional final at the Crowne Plaza, Newcastle on Friday 14th September 2018. The winners from this, and the other regional finals, will then be invited to appear before the judging panel in November, followed by the grand final in Leeds on Friday 7th December.

Sophie will be speaking at the Forward Ladies ‘Newcastle Power Business Breakfast Club’ on Thursday 2nd August sharing her Scaleup business journey. Click HERE to book your ticket now!

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ISE Student Recruitment Conference & Awards 2018 - Finalists!

We were delighted to receive news yesterday that, together with our client University of Hertfordshire, we have been announced as a finalist at the ISE Student Recruitment Awards. The awards are part of the conference at the Celtic Manor, taking place on 9th and 10th July.

This is further award recognition for the Assessment Centre Experience (ACE) assessment simulation at the University of Hertfordshire, believed to be the largest scale assessment simulation in the UK, with over 2000 students taking part this year. ACE won the Best Preparation for Work category at the ISE Development Awards in March this year. 

Judith Baines, Head of Careers and Employment Service at the University and Sophie Milliken, MD at Smart Resourcing Solutions will be speaking at the Student Recruitment Conference, delivering a case study on the simulation and sharing how the programme has supported diversity and accelerated placement success. For further information on the conference and to buy tickets, take a look at the ISE website - https://ise.org.uk/page/RecruitmentConf2018 

 

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Appointment of Rachael Cook, Finance and Administration Manager

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rachael Cook in the role of Finance and Administration Manager. Rachael will be responsible for all finance and administrative activities, providing a huge support to our employer and university clients and the first point of contact for enquiries. Rachael previously worked for the John Lewis Partnership in an Office Manager role.

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How is it May already?!

We are embarrassed to note that it is over a month since we last posted on our news page! That said, we have been exceptionally busy working away on a number of projects and having lots of fun to boot.

 

So what kept us so busy in April?  A high point was the delivery of an exceptional assessment simulation for the University of Liverpool at Anfield Stadium. The simulation was for 355 first year students and we were delighted with a high attendance rate of 96%. This was the first time we had run the event for first years and they were so impressive in their preparation and performance on the day – a real credit to the university and themselves. We saw all sorts of creativity and were delighted with the feedback from the students on the event and also the increase in confidence they told us they gained from attending.  

 

We turned a big five years old on 12th April and celebrated with cakes for our clients and supporters, along with a little celebration for the core team. Turning five is a big achievement for a small business as most UK businesses do not reach this special milestone. Our birthday coincided with the news that we have been awarded a place on the Scale Up North East programme. The Scale Up programme works with businesses that can demonstrate both the hunger and the potential to achieve high levels of growth by 2021 and we are delighted to be identified in this category and very ready for the challenge ahead!

 

We have had the green light on five new university projects so have been preparing project plans for each client to ensure that we have everything set up to deliver our outstanding service. Sophie has been busy negotiating with new venues to take our assessment simulations to which has been fun.

 

An invitation to employers: we are excited to be collaborating with our friends at GradTouch in a few weeks. On May 24th, we will be running an early evening event in London for graduate employers to come together over pizza and beer to hear from both GradTouch and Smart Resourcing Solutions and share best practice across a range of graduate recruitment topics. Places are limited to first come, first served so get in touch to reserve your place.