The Professional Diploma PLUS Programme

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Is the Professional Diploma PLUS Programme For You?

The Professional Diploma PLUS Programme offers a unique course for both those students who are required to remain in studies for two years as a consequence of the Raised Participation Age, and those students who wish to gain a comprehensive understanding of both the skills and knowledge needed in a broad range of different industries and careers. Developed specifically to suit students who have not yet decided what career path they wish to take, the Professional Diploma PLUS Programme empowers young people to make the right choices and begin a rewarding career with all the tools they will need to succeed.

Enrol on the Professional Diploma PLUS Programme

The two year training programme focusses holistically on both students’ professional and personal development through a balanced course in which interlinked subjects increasingly build on one another to ensure that students gradually build their skills and confidence as they work towards the goal of taking their first steps in business.

The first year provides a thorough introduction into the core skills and competencies required in business, ranging from basic skill-based modules such as IT and Office Skills through to introductory modules providing an overview of areas including Current Affairs, Business Studies, Digital Media and Advertising.

Year two builds on this learning with more practical project driven work, in addition to a more in-depth insight into each business sector with focused modules on Business Law, Finance, Marketing and Events. Additionally students undertake a thorough series of careers guidance sessions, ensuring that upon graduation they are interview-ready and equipped with the skills and attitude needed to face the challenges presented to them by their next employer. This, combined with the programme’s comprehensive and thorough training, ensures that students on the Professional Diploma PLUS Programme leave us with a multitude of job opportunities open to them.

Throughout the entire learning journey with Quest Professional, students complete a Personal Development Programme enabling them to develop their confidence and self-reflection skills, and better understand where they fit into a team and how their behaviour influences others. This unique feature of Quest Professional’s training enables us to transform young learners into young professionals.


Training Programme Content:

Personal Development Programme

  • Developing yourself and others – identifying learning and working styles
  • Understanding team profiles
  • Introduction to Transactional Analysis – enhancing your communication skills
  • Delivering professional presentations
  • Personal presentation - the use of voice, image, style in business
  • MBTI
  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Constructive thinking
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Driving theory and road safety

Practical Advertising and PR

  • Creating and delivering an advertising pitch
  • Identifying current PR techniques and campaign successes
  • Storyboards, press releases and exploring advertising standards
  • Writing a press release

Looking After Yourself and Others

  • Health & Safety at Work
  • First Aid
  • Nutrition and Fitness

Introduction to Myers Briggs Type Indicators

  • Using a professional profiling tool to explore your natural preferences
  • Exploring the impact of your preferences at work and in a team
  • Enhancing your awareness of how you are perceived by others

Physical Theory and Practice

  • Teaches importance of work/life balance
  • Includes gym sessions

Business Skills

  • Meetings
  • AGM
  • Rackham’s Behavioural Analysis
  • Itineraries

Marketing

  • Concept
  • Relevance to an organisation
  • Stakeholders
  • Competitive advantage
  • Innovation
  • Marketing mix
  • Competition
  • Segmentation and target audience
  • The marketing environment
  • Market research
  • International marketing

IT - MS Office and Apple

  • MS Word (including mail merge and advanced functions)
  • MS PowerPoint (and business presentations)
  • MS Outlook (and diary management)
  • MS Excel (and business finance)
  • Apple IT (intro to MAC OS)

Human Resources and Negotiations

  • Role and function of HR
  • HR planning
  • Recruitment and selection of staff
  • Role of training and development
  • Performance management
  • Grievance, discipline and conflict resolution procedures
  • HR documents

Social Digital Media

  • Why businesses use digital media
  • Digital strategy and planning
  • Twitter for business
  • Facebook for businesses
  • Google Plus

Business Law

  • Contracts
  • Equal Pay Act 1970
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1975
  • Employment contracts
  • Maternity rights
  • Duress
  • Advertisement law and copyright law

Business Communication

  • How/when to plan a document
  • Adapting tone and style to different audiences
  • Business vocabulary
  • Structuring long pieces of writing
  • Spelling , grammar and punctuation
  • Research methods
  • Referencing
  • Formation of letters, emails, memos, press releases and reports

Business Enterprise

  • Principles of entrepreneurship
  • Skills, values and attributes needed by an entrepreneur
  • Problems and tasks
  • Calculating resources for projects
  • Innovation
  • How to set up and run a business

Shorthand

  • Teeline theory
  • Blends, Word Grouping and Special Outlines
  • Speed and accuracy

Cloud Computing

  • Using SaaS/Web Apps
  • Conducting business 'in the cloud'

Work Experience

  • Opportunity to gain practical office experience

Practical Workshops

  • Simulation of real-life working scenarios

Office Skills

  • Time management
  • Diary management
  • Telephone manor
  • Delivery and postage
  • Organising events
  • Corporate gifts
  • Expenses
  • Common queries and research questions

Developing a Professional Wardrobe and Image

  • First impressions for interviews and in the workplace
  • Consultation session with stylist
  • Business dress – shapes, lengths, seasonal colours and style

Sales

  • Sales management
  • Sales presentation
  • Models of practice
  • Sales negotiation

Web and Web Design

  • The internet
  • Principles of web design
  • Creating and updating a website
  • Creating and editing graphics
  • Editing Cascading Style Sheets
  • Introduction to HTML

Current Affairs

  • Introduction to and discussion of current news
  • Political spectrum
  • Political parties
  • Parliament and government
  • Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet Ministers
  • Prime Minister’s Question Time
  • Law making
  • Voting and elections
  • European Union
  • Middle East
  • Devolved governments
  • Debates on topical issues

Career Development

  • Careers, industries and CVs
  • Industries overview
  • Public and Private sectors
  • Financial and creative industries
  • CV introduction
  • LinkedIn
  • Writing a successful covering letter
  • Targeted covering letters
  • Online job applications
  • Interview preparation
  • Mock interviews
  • Interview feedback
  • Applying for jobs
  • Group interviews
  • Following up an interview
  • How to deal with your first week in a role

Finance

  • Debt
  • Personal budgeting
  • The Budget
  • Economics
  • Financial Markets
  • Business documents
  • Percentages and VAT
  • Invoicing
  • Petty cash
  • Expenses

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