AP Group, one of the world's leading offshore recruitment firms, is celebrating its 25th year anniversary this month. Since its inception as a recruitment provider to financial and commercial companies in Guernsey in 1990, AP Group has emerged as a leader in its field and expanded to Jersey, Nicosia, Limassol, London, Geneva, Zurich and Singapore.
AP Group has earned the title of being the largest Channel Island recruitment firm, recognised across the globe for its confidential approach and technical expertise.
The vision of the company was conceived by founder and CEO, Gina Le Prevost, a professionally qualified and experienced recruitment specialist.
Gina Le Prevost said: "Reaching this massive milestone of 25 years hasn't been without much laughter but also with many tears too along the way. For AP Group to still be operational is truly a major achievement by AP Group's directors and staff and for that I thank them for their loyal support, hard work and having had their wits about them during the difficult economic downturn."
Currently, the company has four divisions, namely AP Executive (senior level appointments), AP GlobalEnergy (appointments in the oil and gas sector), AP Personnel (junior to mid-level appointments in finance and commercial sector) and AP Technical (IT/Communication appointments), each providing specialist recruitment service to clients and job seekers.
With an international reputation for its efficient, friendly and reliable recruitment service to both candidates and companies across the globe, AP Group is a truly 'global' recruitment firm. It is also a member of the recruitment governing body, Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), reflecting its commitment to high professional and ethical standards.
However, the journey over 25 years, as Gina admits, has not always been a smooth one.
"Particularly since 2008 our industry has seriously been at the coal face of major job losses caused by the worst global recession in 100 years. The recruitment industry worldwide, along with many other industries, has battled through and suffered real hardship and pain, and difficult management decisions have had to be made in order to survive".
Nevertheless, Gina admits that it has been a "challenging experience and a steep business learning curve", and with the hard work put in by all the employees and the "economic conditions improving in more jurisdictions", AP Group is now seeing the job market growth once again.
AP Group has a strong global network of top professionals and reputed companies, and offers assistance with overseas recruitment across a range of industrial sectors, including wealth management, trust, family office, accountancy, legal sectors, finance, IT, Telecoms, oil and gas, and temporary placements. The firm boasts of a team of highly dedicated and specialised recruitment consultants, and has an impressive track record of placing candidates at all levels of business and finance. They deal with more than 55 jurisdictions across the world.
Looking ahead to the future, Gina said: "I hope AP Group will continue to grow and our staff will continue to enjoy their work well into the next 25 years."
She added: "I have exciting plans for AP Group's future which we hope to implement in the not too distant future. I am as enthusiastic for AP Group's success as I was 25 years ago when the first office officially opened in Guernsey on 1 July 1990."
Over the 25 years, AP Group has provided bespoke recruitment service to some of the leading international companies, and helped a number of high calibre candidates achieve their career goals.