The Centre for Engineering and Design Education (CEDE) at Loughborough University hosted the UNITECH Assessment Centre on Thursday 12th February 2015. This was for students looking to participate in the UNITECH programme during 2015/2016. Students had to submit a full application similar to what would be submitted for an internship (placement) year or a graduate job in industry. This included a full study plan at three academic partners, three goals that the individual wishes to achieve through the UNITECH programme, competency questions and an up to date CV. The day was led by David Ward, Secretary General for UNITECH and included six assessors from five Corporate Partners (CPs). These were Caterpillar, Evonik, Hilti, SKF and ZF Services UK.
The day consisted of an introduction to UNITECH and those present. The students were split up into three groups for a group exercise. Followed by a short break, students prepared for their presentations based on a case study provided on the day. This was my first opportunity to ‘invigilate’. These were presented to the assessors and once all had completed this it was time for lunch. This provided an opportunity for the students to network with each other as well as the assessors. After lunch, each student had an individual interview with one assessor. This was followed by an evaluation session by all assessors, David Ward, the Local Coordinator Dr Adam Crawford and the Programme Director Dr Ashraf El-Hamalawi. I shadowed this session to learn more about how decisions are made on candidates, which will be useful later on when I have to participate in the recruitment of the next CEDE Intern. At the end, each student was given individual feedback on areas they did well in and how they can develop in other areas, whether they made it through to the programme or not. Finally, the day was brought to a close with further information on the programme by David and Ashraf followed by a Q&A session.
Overall, the UNITECH recruitment and selection process was a success, with our highest ever number of applications (13) from five departments/Schools and 10 selected to be on the programme (with one reserve).
The five departments/Schools are:
- Chemical Engineering department
- Design School
- School of Civil and Building Engineering
- School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
- Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
You can find some of the photos from the assessment centre here.