This April, Yell hosted two Undergraduate Assessment Days for the new Yell Software Engineering Training Programme. The scheme will see four talented computer science students join Yell’s engineering wizards for a one year placement in our software engineering department.
While the engineering team has previously hosted individual student placements, this is Yell’s first structured programme for multiple trainees. The programme is a unique opportunity for students to get a hands-on experience in our buzzing website engineering team before graduating, as well as to learn, grow and become a valued asset to a national business.
After reviewing hundreds of applications from universities across the UK, Yell’s Software Development Director, Elliot Dwight, invited 16 excited finalists to join the two assessment days held at Yell’s head office. Here, the candidates were able to meet our software development management team, find out more about life at Yell and get involved in a variety of group tasks and workshops.
The day consisted of introductions to Yell, our team and our websites followed by face-to-face interviews with individual managers, a written technical test and group workshop tasks. All that hard work was then rounded off with a tour of the office, a tasty lunch and a chance to chat with our engineering team. The day was intended to be somewhat challenging but also fun, so the candidates and the team could get to know each other better.
One of our candidates said of the day:
“I think this was the best run assessment day I’ve attended. Everyone was very helpful, welcoming and enthusiastic, especially compared to other assessment days I’ve attended, where the assessors could be quite intimidating.
I didn’t feel like this with the assessors at Yell, which in turn, I think helped me, and the other candidates, act in a more natural manner when being assessed.”
The calibre of the candidates was extremely high and we were very impressed by the technical and organisational ability of all who attended. After the sessions the Yell Engineering managers spent hours collaborating with our Talent Acquisition Team over some very difficult decisions to select our four undergrad trainees from the group.
Steve Workman, Head of Web Engineering and one of our undergrad trainee mentors was encouraged by the level of quality visible in all the students. He said of the candidates:
“It was great to see such a wealth of talent from these placement students. The quality of their interactions, and of their code, was very high and it was very difficult to choose between the top candidates. It was a fantastic day and I look forward to the students joining the engineering team.”
Our four selected computer science undergraduate trainees will join Yell at the end of their current university year, for a twelve month placement, starting in June. We look forward to welcoming them to the team and watching them grow during their time with Yell.
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