Ashfield Meetings & Events, a full service event management agency specialising in serving the healthcare sector, is making final preparations for its university placement scheme’s annual assessment centre.
The assessment centre, which will take place on 24 March at the company’s UK headquarters in Ashby De La Zouch, has already received applicants from a variety of academic institutions offering event management related degrees. This is the sixth year the agency has run the programme and it has been extended to include graphic design applicants that are aligned to their creative event service offerings.
Since the launch of the scheme the company has assessed in the region of 50 students annually. The current scheme has five students placed in the UK office that have held vital roles in the business, travelled on-site to international events and participated in their award winning in-house event training courses. Each year the agency has several students return to full time positions after completing their studies.
Operational excellence director Helen Capelin, who is responsible for implementing and managing the undergraduate programme, said: “Our undergraduate programme has proven to be hugely successful. It is an unrivalled opportunity for the students to gain insights and understanding into the realities of event management whilst developing personally and professionally. By immersing the students in our agency and providing personalised development plans we create a mutually advantageous partnership with our agency benefitting from their hard work, dedication and different ways of thinking. We are looking for the students to demonstrate their passion, commitment and curiousity at the assessment centre which is has become one of our favourite days of the year.”
The assessment consists of individual presentations, group exercises, problem solving situations, a question and answer session with existing agency staff and IT tests. The successful undergraduates will be offered a year-long work placement as part of their degree course that will start in July. The closing date for applications is 9am on 13 March.