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Established in 1974

"Helping you gain
.control of your career"

Business Training's Student of the Year 2012

 

It is with great pleasure we announce Jemimah Kutata as the winner of our 2012 Student of the Year Award. Congratulations Jemimah you thoroughly deserve your win! 

Once again it was a really tough decision to make. We received a huge number of inspiring stories from students all over the world so thank you for taking the time to enter. Choosing the winners followed many hours of deliberation and discussion between the judges. However, they have now been chosen and you can read the stories of Jemimah and the runners-up Mike, Alphonse, Jesse and Isaac below.

Enjoy, and do let us know what you think.

[Read Jemimah's Story]

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OTHER YEARS:     2013     2011     2010

If you are a student of The Business Training College and would like to enter the competition for 2014, please click here.

You could walk away with the first prize of £100!

To celebrate the success and achievements of our students we are pleased to run our annual Student of the Year Award. First prize is £100 and there are four equal runners-up prizes of £25 each.

We hope you enjoy reading about all of this year's winners!

...and the runners-up are:


Mick GohenoMick Goheno

“Before enrolling for the Business English with Spoken English course I was an estate manager. Since receiving my Diploma in Business English with Spoken English my knowledge has improved significantly."

[Read Mick's Story]

 Isaac AtteyIsaac Attey

“Before I joined Business Training I was working as a clerk in my company. After I received my Diploma with distinction in Business English with Spoken English I showed it to my employer."

[Read Isaac's Story]

Alphonse Garimae
Alphonse Garimae

“I enrolled in the Business English with Spoken English course in 2007 and was appointed as the General Secretary to the Melanesian Brotherhood in January 2008. This was my first employment."

[Read Alphonse's Story]

Jess Njari

Jesse Njagi

“Before joining the Business English with Spoken English course, I was just an ordinary employee struggling to hit my deadlines. I had difficulty expressing myself in English and could not construct a full sentence."

[Read Jesse's Story]

 

Jemimah“I come from a very marginalised community of Massai people in Kenya, East Africa, who never recognised the value of educating girls. I am number six in a family of ten and physically challenged, walking with the aid of two elbow crutches and a caliper on my right leg. My dad passed away in 1996 and we were left with our mother, who is a peasant farmer so it was difficult to access education.

“Through the kindness of well wishers, I was able to attend primary and secondary school. But, with a lot of school fee arrears I was sent home several times. After completing my fourth form there was no money for college fees and I had to stay at home. I never gave up hope and finally a good Samaritan offered to pay for me to participate in a secretarial course. However, I only sat for stage one exams.

“While I was flicking through the Daily Nation Newspaper in 1998 I came across an advertisement for Business English with Spoken English. I applied for the information, but could not afford the school fees.

“However, by 2008 I was working as a receptionist for a charitable organisation helping disabled people. The salary was low as charitable organisations rely on donations from well wishers. But when I received a scholarship enrolment form, and a little financial help from a friend, I was courageous and applied for the course.

“Finally, and despite all the challenges, I managed to earn Diplomas in both the Business English with Spoken English and Advanced Business English courses.

“I was promoted from receptionist to telephone operator, then again to become the company’s secretary and my salary has increased accordingly. I have also been chosen to train disabled groups on how to start and run successful businesses. This is a voluntary position as the participants are not able to pay.

“On a personal level, I can now afford to live in a house with electricity and I take care of my mother who depends solely on me for her basic needs. “In the future I would like to continue my education and my boss has advised me that if I am successful he will promote me to be his personal assistant.

“I am very grateful to all the dedicated staff of Business Training because they helped me improve my written and spoken English.”

Jemimah Kutata

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Mick Goheno“Before enrolling for the Business English with Spoken English course I was an estate manager. Since receiving my Diploma in Business English with Spoken English my knowledge has improved significantly. It has enhanced my ability to manage constructively and effectively. I have noticed many improvements in my daily activities in the office.

“Most importantly, I feel it has improved my self-confidence and strengthened my communication skills. I have most certainly overcome my fear of conducting business correspondence, both inside and outside the company.

“The business management knowledge I learned on the course has helped and motivated me to start a small coffee project called Ulekuka Coffee. After only six month I have a highly profitable business and now employ five permanent workers.

“I would like to recommend the Business English Course to anyone who wants to improve their English and learn more about business management techniques. The course is flexible and the skills, knowledge and attitudes towards business taught in the course are the first step on the ladder to success.

“I give a salute of thanks to all the trainers at Business Training College for the tremendous work they are doing.”

Mick Goheno

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Isaac Attey“Before I joined Business Training I was working as a clerk in my company. After I received my Diploma with distinction in Business English with Spoken English I showed it to my employer. I was promoted to Accounts Assistant with benefits, free accommodation and a brand new car. A zillion thanks to you all.

“I am also now chief accountant of the church.

“There is something special about the Business Training College that I love very much. I wondered how I would be able to study the course and understand it well. But, after going through the first two sections, I realized that things are different here. I gathered courage and sent the exams in for marking – I thought I was going to fail. I passed the examination and took the time to read the tutor’s comments thoroughly!

“I have confidence in everything about the Business Training College and, if you follow their advice you have nothing to worry about.”

Isaac Attey

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Alphonse Garimae“I enrolled in the Business English with Spoken English course in 2007 and was appointed as the General Secretary to the Melanesian Brotherhood in January 2008. This was my first employment. My work as the General Secretary is to ensure the organisation meets its aims and objectives and to report to the council. The organisation has 400 people working for it in the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Phillipines. I am not afraid to tell people that the Business Training College has helped me to achieve what I was dreaming about in my life, which is to be employed in an office.

“The course helped me find sponsorship to do other studies, like bookkeeping, financial planning and management, which I graduated in November 2011. This training helped me to start earning a living with an annual salary that doubled in 2011 to $31,200. This was my great achievement!

“Apart from my employment, I am also running my own business by purchasing and selling copra – dried coconut meat. I’ve already started earning income from the business so, in 2012, I will employ four people to work for me. I am now excelling in business opportunities.

“May I take this opportunity to thank Business Training’s management and especially my tutors, for your patience in marking and correcting my exams.

“Lastly, I would like to recommend that anyone who wishes to be successful in their career enrol for the Business English with Spoken English course. It is wonderful – try it, you will not regret it!”

Alphonse Garimae

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Jess Njari“Before joining the Business English with Spoken English course, I was just an ordinary employee struggling to hit my deadlines. I had difficulty expressing myself in English and could not construct a full sentence. Grammar was my worst enemy!

“I was once sent to represent my company in a national meeting in Nairobi, but I felt embarrassed by my poor level of English. I envied the other representatives as they engaged freely in conversation and felt very sorry for myself.

“After that meeting I decided that I must do something about my English. I then came across an advert for the Business Training College in a local paper and felt it was designed for me so I enrolled.

“Shortly after enrolling, my first section was sent to me. I read it and started to understand the basics. I started enjoying it and developing confidence. I now work on my own – nobody supervises me. My manager has delegated most of her work to me and I’m handling it with confidence. My manager has even suggested I stand in for her during her annual leave. My salary has increased by 45 per cent and my boss has told me that if I continue improving I’m going places.

“I’m studying another course with The Writers Bureau, the Freelance Journalism course, something that I could not have done initially because of my poor skills in writing. Thanks to Business Training for sharpening my skills.

“I was recently elected as the chairman of the worker welfare union in our company. I’m expected to address them during every meeting. I could not have done that before for fear that my language skills would fail me.

“I have also helped local youths form a self-help group. During our free time we go around the areas the council neglects in the slums and collect rubbish to make the area more habitable. I am the secretary and write minutes, reports and memos. When reading these out during the meetings, thanks to the CDs with the course, I have no problem pronouncing the words.

“All these achievements would have been but a pipe dream were it not for Business Training College.”

Jesse Njagi