Oxford & Cherwell Valley College student wins national legal secretary award

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A newly-qualified legal secretary from Oxford is celebrating after being chosen from around 5,000 students to win a national prize. Fay Whyte was awarded the Legal Secretaries Annual Prize by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, after being nominated by her lecturer at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College (OCVC).

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I was amazed to hear that I had won the national prize and my new employer is also very impressed with the accolade. It just goes to show that if you work hard you can achieve anything.

A newly-qualified legal secretary from Oxford is celebrating after being chosen from around 5,000 students to win a national prize.

Fay Whyte was awarded the Legal Secretaries Annual Prize by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, after being nominated by her lecturer at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College (OCVC).

Fay, from Kennington, completed her Level 2 Certificate for Legal Secretaries part-time whilst also working for a legal firm as an office administrator in the week and as a receptionist at weekends. Since graduating she has not only achieved the national award but also landed her dream job as a patents secretary at Abingdon-based Infineum.

Fay, aged 24, who covered the cost of the course herself, said: “I went straight to work as an office junior after school but knew that I would need to gain a further qualification if I wanted to fulfil my ambition of working in the legal profession. I was a bit unsure about going back into education but the class and teaching staff were so welcoming and supportive. I couldn’t have done it without their help. I was determined to get my qualification and I am delighted that it has already helped me to secure a new job.

“I was amazed to hear that I had won the national prize and my new employer is also very impressed with the accolade. It just goes to show that if you work hard you can achieve anything.”

Fay was nominated by lecturer Mary Cope for her commitment to achieving the qualification, which included taking study days as annual leave and doing extra work on assignments to achieve distinctions.

Mary said: “Fay completed the 10-week course by attending college just one day a week. The rest of the students in the class completed it over the same period by attending college three days a week. She completed assignments early, took time off work as holiday to attend college and complete the necessary projects and achieved distinctions in every unit.

“We felt it only right to nominate her effort for this award and we are delighted that she has been recognised. We are also pleased that her studies have earned her a new job in such a short space of time and that she is now working in the role she trained for.”

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is a governing membership body designed to enhance the role and standing of chartered legal executive lawyers.

John Westwood, director of international developments at the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, said: “Fay has proved herself to be a remarkable student. Her determination to achieve this qualification in such a short space of time is extremely impressive.

“She was selected from all those nominated for her high levels of commitment and enthusiasm, which shone through.

“We are delighted to award her this prestigious national prize and know that it will stand her in good stead for her future career.”

Fay was presented with her certificate and award at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College.

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