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OPC Assessment Introduces Innovative Tools to Support Apprentice Recruitment

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In today’s competitive job market, finding top apprentice talent with the right mix of skills is key for organisations across many industries. OPC Assessment, a leading provider of assessment tools to the rail industry and transport sector, has helped many organisations to identify and recruit high quality apprentices using their Core Skills Series assessment tools.

The Core Skills Series, specifically developed by OPC Assessment, offers a comprehensive range of tools, tailor-made to help evaluate foundational numerical and verbal skills, as well as abstract, diagrammatic, spatial, and mechanical reasoning abilities. These tools have demonstrated their value by helping to identify candidates with sound reasoning abilities, particularly in industries where such skills are key like engineering, construction, manufacturing etc. 

One such example from the Core skills Series is the Core Skills Abstract Reasoning Test (CoreA), which evaluates a candidate’s ability to discern patterns and trends by analysing shapes or symbols and identifying the underlying rule(s) to solve the problem. This proficiency can be particularly useful in engineering apprenticeships, where problem-solving skills may be needed to perform the role successfully. The Core A is only one of the seven tests in the innovative Core Skills Series. 

Alongside the Core Skills Series, OPC Assessment have also produced bespoke practical assessments designed to help drive diversity and inclusion in recruitment processes. These hands-on assessments simulate real-world scenarios, offering candidates an opportunity to demonstrate their practical abilities. From hazard-checking tests to precision engineering tasks, these exercises allow candidates to showcase their skills tangibly, beyond traditional academic performance, while also providing an insight for candidates into the day-to-day responsibilities of the role.

“The practical assessments offered a different approach to evaluating aptitude and talent. Candidates who may not have excelled academically, in other assessments or in an interview demonstrated remarkable proficiency when faced with these tests.”

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OPC Assessment’s Psychologists emphasise the importance of making recruitment decisions based on tangible competency evidence. The Core Skills Series and practical tests offer businesses valuable tools to help identify and recruit individuals with a higher likelihood of succeeding through training, and delivering quality performance in the role. 

Jo Lawrence, Business Development Director at the OPC said “OPC Assessment’s Core Skills Series and practical assessments help provide valuable insights into candidates’ abilities, enabling organisations to make better-informed recruiting decisions. These innovative assessment tools can not only help organisations identify top apprentice talent but they can also contribute to improving inclusivity and diversity in the recruitment process; helping to build more diverse and inclusive teams.”

You can read more about OPC Assessment’s Apprenticeship recruitment support in edition #517 MEM Magazine

For more information about the Core Skills Series or Apprenticeship recruitment solutions get in touch with the friendly OPC Assessment team.



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