At AP Group we believe in practising what we preach. So, while encouraging candidates to study and gain qualifications that increase their knowledge and skills in their particular field, we are constantly doing the same. As chief executive Gina Le Prevost puts it, ’Maybe that is part of the reason why we understand our candidates so well and can empathise with them. After all, doing your job to the best of your ability is normally enough, so studying on top of that is bound to be demanding.’
Our senior manager at AP Personnel, Steve Gibson, has quickly risen through the ranks by a combination of talent and sheer hard work. He recently gained the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) Diploma in Recruitment Practice, achieving a pass, two merits and a distinction in the various parts.
Here is Steve’s assessment of the experience: ’It was a nine-month course consisting of a project, practical exam, two written exams, two pieces of coursework and four workshops. For my project I did an assessment of how the AP Group attracts candidates, which was valuable to me in addition to being part of the exam. The law and ethics module was very revealing, as it demonstrated how far behind the UK the Channel Islands are in terms of employment legislation. Then for the practical interview section I studied the best way of getting candidates to come up with key information about themselves (which they might not even think is relevant). This is an important skill, so again I learnt something while actually taking the exam.’
Steve intends to continue his studies, with the next step being the the BA(Hons) Degree in Recruitment Practice.