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London Business College Presents Student Achievement Award

Celebrating the importance of vocational training, South Kensington-based college Quest Business Training has presented its prestigious Outstanding College Leaver 2008 award sponsored by Michael Page Secretarial to 20-year old Emily Thompson. The student from Petworth in West Sussex has been recognised for excelling in Quest’s 36-Week Diploma Course and for her professional attitude to business during her work experience placement. Quest Business Training ( was formed from the merger of Queen’s, St James’s & Lucie Clayton and offers a selection of courses to school leavers, graduates and business professionals.
During the Quest Diploma Course, Emily developed her IT, secretarial and marketing skills. She passed her Chartered Institute of Marketing with flying colours, gained 100 words per minute in shorthand and distinguished herself on work experience at Threadneedle Asset Management in its Events Department.  
Michael Page Secretarial has worked closely with Quest for the past three years to arrange work placements and has placed 17 students with a range of high calibre clients in the last year alone. Quest also worked with Crone Corkill Recruitment and Joyce Guiness Recruitment to arrange challenging and varied work experience for this year’s Diploma students.
Emily commented: “I was inspired to enrol at Quest Business Training after my friend successfully completed a Diploma course at the college and walked straight into a job. My brother had finished university and was struggling to find a job despite achieving a degree, so it really highlighted the benefits of completing a focussed business course.
“The tutors at Quest were an inspiration, they treated us as adults and I felt my confidence grow with each day. My work placement taught me so much giving me the chance to apply my newly acquired business skills. I am really proud to be recognised with this award as I worked really hard to achieve my Diploma – and I can’t wait to spend my clothing gift vouchers which were presented alongside the award!”
Judith Kark, Head of Business Development at Quest, commented: “We were thrilled to be approached by Michael Page earlier this year and offered the chance to reward our hardworking students. Our relationship with such renowned recruitment agencies means our students leave us and already have the next step towards a business career firmly established. Emily is a shining example of how dedicated our students are to achieving success for the future.” Several of Emily’s fellow classmates have already been offered permanent roles.
Caoimhe O’Mahony from Michael Page presented the award to Emily and explained why companies are so keen to recruit Quest graduates: “Quest College consistently produces students who leave with a level of professionalism and maturity that is rare in graduates – they don’t just learn the skills and knowledge that companies require but how to apply them successfully. The level of personal development they achieve at the college makes them the best candidates in the industry and this is the very reason we approached Quest to offer their students this unique award.”
Emily and Michael Page are now working together to find her dream role with several companies already interested in employing her.
Quest Business Training offer a selection of courses from one of two course categories – Professional Programmes which last between twelve and thirty-six weeks, or Shorter Courses which run from two days to ten weeks.
For more information about Quest Business Training, please contact Judith Kark, Tel: 020 7373 3852, email: [email protected] or visit:

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