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Frances is UKs top Diploma in Recruitment Practice student

Frances is UKs top Diploma in Recruitment Practice student

Oxfordshire recruitment professional Frances Tobin is celebrating after being named top student in the Recruitment and Employment Confederations Diploma in Recruitment Practice (Dip.RP) examination.

Frances was the only student who achieved a Distinction grade in each of the four modules of the Diploma, one of the four qualifications that are run for recruitment professionals by the REC, the trade association for the UKs private recruitment industry.

Frances, who says she is thrilled with her achievement, will receive her Diploma at a glittering awards ceremony in London next month (November).

A law graduate from the University of Liverpool, Frances is now a recruitment consultant with K2 Recruitment working between its two offices in Banbury and Bicester. Though she was offered a place to train as a barrister, Frances decided a career in law was not for her: instead she opted for recruitment based on her experiences working as a temp for an agency when she was at university.

K2 Recruitment offered her a place as a graduate trainee two years ago and since then, she has never looked back. She now specialises in permanent places across a wide variety of sectors but has also worked on K2s temp desk.

I loved the job from the start and quickly progressed to consultant level, she said. There is never a dull day. The variation and pace of work really keeps you on your toes and the learning curve is never ending.

Of the Diploma course, she said: It is definitely challenging as it covers so much but it is all useful and relevant. Whilst it is hard work, the course is very satisfying and allows you to take a step back and see all the elements that come together to form a successful recruitment process.

On being top student, Frances added: I am thrilled particularly since it was not something that I expected when I started the course. Although the course was challenging, it was enjoyable. Though I worked hard, it was never a hardship and it is really satisfying to know that all the effort paid off.

The course has inspired her to continue learning and she is now studying for an MA in Industrial Relations and Managing Human Resources at Warwick Business School.

She paid tribute to her employer for being so supportive towards her continuing learning. I definitely believe that as K2 Recruitment continues in its expansion into senior level roles and the employment market keeps changing, the combination of practical experience and these qualifications will leave me well placed to move with the times.

Judith Armatage, the RECs Director of Professional Development said: Frances has achieved an exemplary result by being one of a handful of students who have achieved a Distinction in each module of the Diploma since the qualification was first offered. Her example shows how dedicated recruitment professionals are in striving for the highest possible standards in the industry.

Frances will be invited to the RECs inaugural Institute of Recruitment Professionals Awards in London on November 26 where she will be presented with the new Juliette Menghuis Award for the Top Student Diploma in Recruitment Practice, in memory of the long-time purveyor and supporter of standards in recruitment, Juliette Menghuis, who died last year. Her award also includes a 500 Top Student prize funded by Juliettes husband to spend on further learning and development.


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