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Virtual Mock Assessment Centre creates recruitment pipeline to graduate talent for Balfour Beatty

Mock Assessment Centres (MACs) are an established recruitment tool, designed to provide students and graduates with practical experience and a better understanding of the different elements of an assessment centre.

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Our virtual programme aims to positively prepare students for future recruitment processes, simultaneously giving key employers access to an engaged talent pipeline for current and upcoming vacancies.

Back in November, Final Year Nottingham Business School student Fran Wilson took part in a mock assessment centre supported by Balfour Beatty. These events give businesses a platform to showcase their brands and raise awareness of the diverse opportunities available to early careers talent.

Specifically partaking in a MAC allows organisations to expand their talent spotting reach and activities towards Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity and Inclusion agendas. For Balfour Beatty these were key considerations when deciding to support the event:

We are commonly known for engineering graduate and placement roles but participating in the mock assessment centre highlighted the business and finance roles we also recruit for. As a construction business, we want to make sure we are reaching out to students who would not typically consider construction as a career.  We want to make sure that we offer support and opportunities to students from less privileged and diverse backgrounds to ensure they are encouraged and develop skills for the future.

Joy Blackburn, Emerging Talent Engagement Specialist, Balfour Beatty

For Fran, attending the MAC offered an introduction to Balfour Beatty and invaluable knowledge to enhance her employability experience:

Back in November I attended an NTU mock assessment centre, joined by Balfour Beatty. After, I decided to apply for one of their roles, and last week was asked to attend their own assessment centre... Today I was offered the role as Graduate Business Manager! The skills and tips I learnt from NTU's mock assessment centre, alongside all other resources available, played a huge part in helping my performance within the application process. Thank you SO much!

Fran Wilson, Final Year Nottingham Business School Student, NTU

The Employability team were delighted to learn the news of Fran’s appointment as Graduate Business Manager, emphasising the shared benefits that events such as mock assessment centres can have to organisations and students coming to the end of their university journeys.

If you’re interested in raising the profile of your business and accessing future talent, get in touch with one of the team via

Virtual Mock Assessment Centre creates recruitment pipeline to graduate talent for Balfour Beatty

Published on 29 April 2022

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