Assessment and Development Centres

Assessment and Development Centres

Assessment and development centres can be a crucial tool not just in recruiting staff but also in developing their potential. Recruitment of quality staff is one of the main issues for businesses, alongside retention and much relies on the ability of your organisation to be able to objectively assess staff against a number of key criteria.

Assessment Centres vs Development Centres

An assessment centre is predominately used in recruitment and these can take a number of forms, depending whether you are recruiting from outside the business or internally (or even a mix of both). Typically these are most often used when recruiting for customer facing roles, in either sales, or customer service. They are less likely to be used for identifying new managers as a development centre may be a more effective vehicle for this. 

Development centres are more often used when you are looking to identify potential managers in your organisation, or recruit people into more senior roles. Although there are some similarities with assessment centres, because you are dealing with existing staff there is almost always an element of personal development and this is the key difference between a development centre and an assessment centre.

Assessment Centres

An Assessment centres can be a crucial tool in recruiting staff as recruitment of quality staff is still one of the main issues for organisations. An assessment consists of a number of individual and group exercises based on key observable criteria. There are some real pros and cons of assessment centres and they should be considered before embarking down this route. On the positive side they do allow you to save time by seeing your key candidates on one day and in many cases you can filter people throughout the day and be in a very good position to quickly recruit someone by carrying out an assessment centre. There is usually less need to have as many observers as you would on a development centre as the key focus is to assess and filter staff for recruitment purposes. On the downside you may not be able to get your key candidates to turn up because of prior commitments and quite often some people will not shine in an unfamiliar environment.

Our expertise is in creating assessment centres that are robust, able to identify the key areas to observe and give you the best chance to recruit staff effectively.this can take the form of organising independent observers, and providing comprehensive feedback on candidates. We work throughout the UK and internationally and our team of trainers are able to talk through your exact requirements and the elements required to develop your organisation into a highly effective recruiter. For more details on assessment centres, the pros and cons and how we can potentially help your organisation please contact us.

Development Centres

If you are looking to identify potential manages, or key staff of the future, a development centre may be an effective option. Not only will staff feel they are getting personal development, in the form of leadership or role specific training, you will also be able to assess them against key criteria, that you have identified to be vital in the senior members of your organisation.

Development centres consistent of a number of individual and team-based exercises which are observed and recorded by designated observers, against key criteria or competencies in your organisation. There is also an element of training or personal development and this can be sometimes linked to any psychometric evaluation that could’ve been carried out on the attendees prior to the event. The key is to get by in from your attendees, to ensure they show off their key attributes and are seen in their best light.

Our expertise is in creating development centres that are robust, able to identify the key areas to observe and give you the best chance to identify your high performers of the future. Quite often this will take the form of organising independent observers, taking detailed feedback and writing comprehensive reports. We work throughout the UK and internationally and our team of trainers are able to talk through your exact requirements. For more details on development centres, the potential uses and how we can possibly help your organisation please.


Typical/Recent Projects;

  • Rolling out Corporate Values across an International Business
  • Setting up and formalising Recruitment and Induction Processes
  • Organisational Development and Talent Management Programmes
  • Assessment and Development Programmes
  • Restructuring and Redundancy
  • Online Appraisal and 360 System integration

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Why Choose Accelerate’s Training Courses?

We have been developing and designing Training courses for organisations for over 20 years that really make a difference to the way people work in teams. Our experienced trainers are more than happy to discuss the ways in which our training courses can help you develop your teams and enhance the leadership qualities of team leaders and managers.

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Number of Attendees

We tend to work with a maximum of 12 attendees per Facilitator/Trainer, although this is flexible depending on the workshop. Some workshops with diagnostic tools allow us to have around 16 to 20 attendees.

Interactive Learning

Our courses are designed to be enjoyable, interactive, experiential and stimulating to maximize on the learning opportunity. This means that everyone has a chance to contribute and get involved throughout.

Course Duration

Most of our workshops such are 0.5 or 1 day courses, although they each vary depending on the degree of customisation. Workshops typically run from 09:15 to 16:45 which will include lunch and breaks.

Workshop Prices

Our prices are based on a day rate per facilitator plus expenses, which ordinarily works out more cost effective than sending your team externally on courses which will also incur individual expenses.


We deliver our Workshops at your premises in the UK, throughout Europe and around the World in a number of languages as well as English. We just need access to a venue, which includes a projector and flip charts.


Our training workshops are designed for a wide range of audiences from Senior Leaders to staff who need to develop skills in communication, team working, emotional intelligence and change management. We are also able to tailor the content specifically to the audience we are developing.

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