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Quest Professional 5 Grosvenor Gardens London SW1W 0BD 020 7233 5957 info@questprofessional.co.uk www.questprofessional.co.uk

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Providing you with the skills that employers are looking for

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“Make the most of the Quest experience; it is an enjoyable time that is gone before you know it. Make the most of the trainers, they really do know what they are talking about and love helping. Finally, don’t be nervous; Quest are a great support, even once you are long gone.” Daniel, July 2012

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“Quest provides you with the relevant skills and information, equipping you for the workplace and supporting you in the direction of your future career.� Olivia

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Contents 6 About us 8 Our Professional

Training Programmes for School Leavers

10 The Professional

Diploma Programme

12 The Business Apprentice Programme

14 The Executive PA Programme

16 Your Future Career 18 Student Life at Quest 19 Living in London 20 Quest Alumni 22 Come and Visit Us

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ABOUT US Equipping you with the business skills, commercial knowledge and career confidence that employers are looking for.

Who are we?

• We are a London-based professional training organisation offering a range of exciting and dynamic business training programmes to school leavers and university graduates. We aim to equip all of our students with the skills and knowledge that they need to confidently go out into the workplace and make an impact.

Why train with Quest?

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• From the moment that you walk through the doors at Quest for the very first time, we focus on the end goal – enabling you to make your first career move with confidence.

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“For me, not going to university was the best choice that I have made. At 22, I am working in one of the top four financial firms, in a brilliant role that I thoroughly enjoy, have a great salary, benefits and great prospects for the future!” Georgina

How do we do this?

• Our training programmes are built around the expectations of employers experienced in today’s job market. We offer you the most up-to-date training programmes, equipping you with all of the business skills and commercial knowledge that today’s recruiters are looking for. • As well as developing your technical ability to meet the demands of today’s job roles, we also concentrate on your personal development, public speaking, presentation work, and overall career confidence.

• We have a dedicated team of careers coaches working alongside you throughout your time with us. • Our continued support of your professional development extends beyond your training programme with us. You will become a valued member of our alumni the minute that your training programme with us ends, and will be welcome back for careers guidance and alumni events at any time!

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OUR PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS

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Our professional training programmes result in success stories. To ensure you are making the best possible start to working life, it is important to choose a training programme that you will enjoy and that will develop your skills, business knowledge and confidence in a way that suits you.

We currently offer three different professional training programmes to school leavers:

The Professional Diploma Programme (Three Terms) page

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The Business Apprentice Programme (Two Terms)

The Executive PA Programme (Two Terms) page 12

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All of our training programmes provide great opportunities to make friends and get involved. The friendly environment is an ideal one in which you can develop your skills and confidence amongst a network of young professionals and make friends for life.

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THE PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA PROGRAMME Can you see yourself working in London and in a business environment – perhaps in a creative industry, such as events, marketing or PR; or in the city, in finance or investment banking? If the answer to this question is ‘yes’ then The Professional Diploma Programme will be the perfect training programme for you. It has been developed based on the requirements of employers and is fully aligned to the workplace, making you stand out from the crowd by developing you into a fresh, dynamic employee or future leader who will add value to any team.

Over a three term period, this unique training programme will maximise your potential as an individual, giving you the confidence, knowledge and essential business skills that employers are looking for. Quest work hard to network with employers and build a range of opportunities for you. Towards the end of your training programme

We feel that we have given Charlotte the best opportunity in sending her to Quest and it has been wonderful to watch her grow as a person, in her self-confidence, and to see her enjoyment in all that she has learnt

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with you.” Jeanetta Rabey

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Over a three term period, this unique training programme will maximise your potential as an individual

Programme content Personal Development Programme Marketing Events Management Economics & Business Finance

there is a two-week period where, subject to availability, an internship may be arranged. There is no better place to start building your experience than in the London job market, and, with the support of the Quest team behind you, making your first steps into the working world should be a fun and

exciting challenge – one that you can embrace with confidence. If you are looking for a unique and exciting route into a successful career, the Professional Diploma Programme provides plenty of variety and interaction, is great fun and, most importantly, will open up a world of opportunity.

Minimum requirements for the Professional Diploma Programme: A2/AS/GCSE

Business Documentation Introduction to Law Professional MS Office Skills Practical Business Workshops Practical Advertising & PR Media Studies Introduction to Industry Sectors Career Development Programme A range of business activities and professional talks Commercial Experience* PA Skills *Subject to availability

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THE BUSINESS APPRENTICE PROGRAMME

The focus is to transform you from a young student into a fresh, dynamic employee and perhaps a future leader.

The Business Apprentice Programme is an extremely popular choice for those ambitious individuals looking to progress in a commercial or corporate environment. We also highly recommend it to those with an entrepreneurial spirit, looking to run their own business one day.

“I’m looking forward to starting my internship with IMG next week but sad that I will be leaving my ‘Quest family’ so soon. Quest has been amazing. My confidence and presentation skills have massively improved, and I have

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made the best friends” Oliver Plummer

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Programme content Marketing You will train in a supportive, workplace-aligned environment where the focus is to transform you from a young student into a fresh, dynamic employee and perhaps a future leader. You will follow a twoterm training schedule consisting of a variety of trainer-led sessions, guest speakers, trips out, and bite-size courses simulating reallife working environments. The entire content of The Business Apprentice Programme has been constructed with the end result

in mind – helping you to make a successful impact within your desired job role.

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Once you have completed the training programme you will have the opportunity to complete a two-week internship. This may be arranged by the Quest team, or through your own networking efforts, enabling you to put all your acquired skills into practice, add to an impressive CV, get a taste of working life – and it could lead on to full-time employment!

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Minimum requirements for the Business Apprentice Programme: A Levels. Work experience desirable

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Introduction to Law Economics & Finance Professional MS Office Skills Practical Business Workshops Business Documentation Personal Development Programme Career Development A range of business activities and professional talks Commercial Experience* *Subject to availability

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THE EXECUTIVE PA PROGRAMME The Executive PA Programme is the ideal training programme for those wanting to start out as a PA, Executive Assistant or Team Co-ordinator. The content and method of your training reflects the nature of current PA roles, where employers require you to be multi-skilled and dynamic. As well as developing core PA skills, there is a strong emphasis on your communication and networking

skills, and these are built into The Executive PA Programme in a fun and sociable way. Your two terms of training culminate with a two-week internship, which may either be arranged by the

“Stepping into the workplace after leaving Quest I felt mature enough and ready to start my career. I have become more confident in the smallest of things and would never have been able to achieve what I

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have without Quest.� Ava

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Do you see yourself working alongside and supporting a Partner, Chairman, Director or CEO?

Programme content PA Skills and Responsibilities Working as a PA Events Management Economics and Business Finance Introduction to Social and Digital Media

Quest team, or through your own networking efforts! This taster of working life is a key feature of the training programme and on many occasions leads on to full-time employment.

The Executive PA Programme is a fantastic starting point for those wishing to add value to any organisation.

Minimum requirements for the Business Apprentice Programme: A Levels.

Introduction to Law Professional MS Office Skills Presentation Skills Business Documentation Personal Development Programme Industry Sectors Explained Preparation for Employment A range of business activities and professional talks Opportunity to gain practical office experience* *Subject to availability

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER Our careers coaches are here to help you begin your career confidently.

With the right training, guidance and preparation, the world is your oyster. It is highly likely that you have chosen to train with Quest Professional because of an end goal that you have in mind: to begin a successful career. At Quest, we will equip you with the skills that employers are looking for, steering you closer to achieving this goal.

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Our support, unbiased advice and careers coaching, combined with your proactive job hunting and determination to follow through from what you have learnt at Quest, are the key components to the employment success of Quest students. This combination currently sees a very high proportion of Quest students in employment within 6 weeks of leaving us.

“Jemma joined the team in a pressurized environment, and coped very well. Senior members of staff highly rated her, and it is to her credit that she has secured a job with the firm.� BDO LLP UK, Rebecca McClure, Partnership Administration Manager

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Recent leavers’ destinations Wasserman Media Group

The Royal Household

Hermes

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

Savills

Manchester Square Partners

Grant Thornton

JP Morgan

Razorfish

OneFineStay

Morgan Stanley

MatchPoint Corporate Entertainment

Marsh & Parsons

Sheffield Haworth

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Deverell Smith Recruitment

Freeman & Partners

Mirabaud

Delek Global Real Estate

Angela Mortimer

JO Hambro

Chasemore Property

Hiscox Insurance

Savills

Hogan Lovells

Icon Printing

Caspian Media

Manhattan Loft Corporation LG Capital

Hiho Silver

Wood Mackenzie Stamford Law

Arcadia Petroleum Mentzendorff Black Onyx

Hamlyn Williams

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Camargue

L.K.Bennett

Harper Collins Citigroup

Douglas & Gordon Ingenious Media WPP

Conran Holdings

Pelham Bell Pottinger MIH Jeans

Christian Dior Formula 1

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STUDENT SOCIAL LIFE AT QUEST At Quest we appreciate that your social life is important to you and the concept of a work/life balance is something that we are strongly in favour of! There is no better place to socialise and make friends than in the heart of London. Everything, from the theatre, bars & clubs, restaurants and live music to museums and tourist attractions, is on the doorstep and easily accessible.

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We also have a young, fun and dedicated events team who organise brilliant social events and aim to get you meeting and mixing with as many Quest students as possible!

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A massive thank you for everything that Quest have done for me over the past year. I could not have got where I am now without you! I will let you know how my first day goes! Thank you so much!� Katharine

LIVING IN LONDON Living in London is an amazing experience and one that should be approached with excitement. To make the transition to London life as easy as possible, we have a selection of accommodation options on offer to you in some fantastic locations.

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QUEST ALUMNI

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Whatever direction your career and life take you, chances are there will be fellow Quest graduates who can help along the way or welcome you when you arrive. The Quest Alumni Network is here to help you stay connected to each other, expand your professional network and to offer you continued support along your career journey, whatever the time of day! It is also an important component of the success of current Quest students too! By volunteering, in the form of mentoring current students, acting as a guest speaker, recruiting from us and referring new students to Quest, you are helping Quest towards a sustainable future and adding to your own personal CV at the same time!

“I would highly recommend a course at Quest to anyone who is unsure about their future. It has opened up so many new opportunities that I would never have thought of before. It has definitely been a worthwhile 6 months of my life.� Freddie

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If you like the sound of what we offer and are interested in beginning your career with us, then we would love to meet you!

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*All content correct at time of printing

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