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Kirsty Wells has attained near perfect marks

Kirsty wins special praise in becoming UKs top recruitment student

Kirsty Wells has attained near perfect marks to become the Recruitment and Employment Confederations top student in the Certificate in Recruitment Practice examinations taken in June this year.

Her outstanding performance also earned her a Distinction and special praise from the examining team at the REC, the trade association for the UKs 27 billion private recruitment industry.

On hearing of her achievement, Lancashire-based Kirsty, who has been working for Fylde Office Service Bureau for the past 15 months, said it was a big surprise for her to come top in the exams which was sat by 151 students in the UK and overseas.

A graduate in English Literature and the Performing Arts from the Roehampton University of Surrey in south west London, Kirsty initially took a series of jobs in the capital including one at a leading estate agencys head office which first brought her into contact with recruitment.

When she returned to her native Lancashire, she started at Fylde Office Service Bureau, which specialises in office roles and where she is engaged in temporary and permanent recruitment.

She started there as a recruitment administrator but has been given increased responsibility over time. It was her company director David Parry who encouraged her to embark on the Certificate in Recruitment Practice, one of the industry-recognised qualifications run by the REC and which thousands of recruitment consultants have taken as part of their continuing professional development.

Kirsty was very happy with how the Certificate course had been broken down into four modules saying it was well laid out and followed a natural progression. She said she would recommend it to other recruitment professionals because it was really useful.

Of her achievement of being top student, Kirsty said: I did work really hard for the qualification. It is so good to be recognised in this way and I am thrilled to have attained a Distinction. One way in which I know I have benefitted is that it has made me feel more confident in my role.

Of the future, the bureau is looking to expand so Kirsty hopes this will give her more opportunity to grow in her profession. With the proposed opening of offices in Preston and Lancaster, there should be scope for her to do this and being top student will provide a talking point in her dealings with clients.

Kirsty is one of thousands of recruiters in the UK and overseas who achieves an REC qualification each year, a number that is on the increase as it becomes more important to guarantee high standards in the recruitment process.

Judith Armatage, the RECs Director of Professional Development, said: I would like to add my congratulations to Kirsty on her superb achievement in the recent Certificate exam.

The qualification was developed for those in their first year in the recruitment industry so it is encouraging to see how someone like Kirsty can come in cold and excel in her studies.

Kirsty will receive her certificate later this year when the REC stages its first ever Institute of Recruitment Professionals Awards ceremony in London. The awards are given to the crme of the UKs recruiters and Kirstys achievement will be acknowledged along with the best in the profession.


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