High growth employers support students to gain new skills at Future Space's Mock Assessment Centre

The Mock Assessment Centre gives employers the chance to work with talented London students

June marked an important month for Loughborough University London with the delivery of its Talent+ Mock Assessment Centre by the Future Space team. Six rapidly scaling employers came together to set personal and team challenges to develop student’s experience of UK employment practices.

The Mock Assessment Centre was based on a typical graduate assessment centre – a method which lots of UK employers use to recruit. The event was designed to prepare students for this method of recruitment. It is supported by employers who have signed up to Loughborough University London’s innovative Talent+ scheme.

Talent+ enables employers to work with Loughborough University London students. It gives them the chance to set challenges, deliver guest lectures, attend careers panels and take part in events like the Mock Assessment Centre.

This year they included;

  • Tech Mahindra, a Forbes Top 50 company currently committed to investing in 1,000 high skill jobs in the UK
  • OnePlan, a rapidly scaling technology company offering a digital platform to plan events. Current clients include Paris 2024, Arsenal and Silverstone
  • Three Sixtee, a local digital marketing agency that has worked with Google, Uber and Heart Radio
  • 4Global, a development agency for sport currently supporting the delivery of Euro 2022
  • Plexal, an innovation company providing space for rapidly scaling companies
  • Sports Interactive, the makers of Football Manager

Ben Cole, Head of Future Space at Loughborough University London, said:

“Collaboration is at the heart of the student experience here at Loughborough University London. Our Mock Assessment Centre allows our students to gain skills and receive feedback from professionals and employers. It helps students to test themselves and to build a network of contacts to support their future employment.”

Abbey Oladapo, Director at Three Sixtee, said:

"Loughborough University is world renowned, so the opportunity to potentially hire talent from their pool of students by attending the assessment centre is an opportunity not to be missed.”

All students who participated in the assessment centre receive individual developmental feedback about their performance. One attendee said:

“It was an amazing experience. I had never attended an Assessment Centre before but I can confidently say this has prepared me for a future assessment centres.”

The Future Space team at Loughborough University London is here to help students achieve their goals, pursue their dream career, and push themselves out of their comfort zone. This assessment centre was one of many events and activities designed to enhance employability skills.

The Future Space team would like to thank all the assessors who participated in the virtual assessment centre and supported this valuable experience for our students. If you would like to become a talent plus partner and be involved in future activities with The Future Space Team, please contact futurespace@lboro.ac.uk.

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.