Mock Assessment Centre held as part of Rail Week

October 18, 2017 [Knorr-Bremse United Kingdom Company Notice]

As part of Rail Week, Knorr-Bremse RailServices at Wolverton invited eight students and three members of staff from the Radcliffe School to the facility to take part in a Mock Assessment Centre.

The Mock Assessment Centre was an opportunity for the students to experience first-hand the recruitment process for potential new employees and apprentices. The day was organised as part of Rail Week which aims to promote careers in the rail industry to young people.

Darren Stawarz, a Project Engineer at KBRS and an ambassador for the Young Rail Professionals, promoted and assisted with the organisation of this event. The Assessment Centre was run by training team members, David Hilliard and Graham Ropke, Darren Stawarz and Production Engineer, Liz Lothian.


Students took part in a number of tasks relating to electrical, mechanical and vehicle building initiatives, as well as team work.

The day was hugely successful and there are plans to create a partnership between KBRS Wolverton and Radcliffe School. Darren Stawarz said: “Following the success of the mock assessment I am hoping to fully involve Radcliffe School in the process and make them a flagship for future engagement”

Feedback from the students was extremely positive. One of them, Lameck Nyarirangwe said: “It was a very enjoyable experience in which I learnt skills I was not expecting to learn, many of which I will be able to use in the future. I now have assessment day skills to add to my CV and further talents in disassembly and reassembly. All of the staff were friendly, polite and welcoming and had constructive answers to any questions.”

Events like this are important in raising awareness of the opportunities for apprenticeships and placements within the rail industry and encouraging the new generation of engineers.

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