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    The importance of training and upskilling – and what employers are looking for

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    By Tray Durrant, Executive Director, Bain and Gray… It helps to consider what makes a good Executive or Personal Assistant. Fundamentally employers are looking for a combination of soft and hard skills: from problem solving, quick thinking and strategic planning to delivering a first-class spreadsheet that provides the Executive with all relevant information at their […]

    PA SHOW: The conference line-up – more to learn on day 2!

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    Don’t leave it too late to register for your conference pass at the PA Show this month – there’s a whole heap of learning options available to take your career forward. The event takes place on June 22nd & 23rd. Register your place now. Here are some of the key conference sessions to look out […]

    PA SHOW: The conference line-up – Day 1

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    It’s just over a week now until the PA Show opens at ExCeL London and the conference programme looks set to give all PAs the opportunity to jumpstart their careers, thanks to an inspiring and educational conference programme. The event takes place on June 22nd & 23rd. Register your place now. Here are some of […]

    Your Excellency tackles mental health

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    Training specialist Your Excellency has added Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training to its learning and development portfolio. The training will be delivered by certified MHFA England Instructor Alice Scutchey who has been appointed as a Your Excellency Associate Trainer. Lindsay Taylor, Founder & Director commented: “MHFA England’s vision is to improve the mental health […]

    A hybrid workplace? Five things you should know before you make the shift

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    By Alan Price, CEO of BrightHR A recent survey by the British Council for Offices shows that participants favoured not only working from the office but also from home, creating a ‘hybrid’ working arrangement which could soon take the spotlight from traditional working norms. Before making the shift to hybrid working, here are five things […]

    Promotions have dropped by 48% during the pandemic

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    An intelligent learning platform has discovered that UK employees have received 48% fewer promotions in the last 12 months compared to previous years. The platform also found that more than half (52%) of working professionals in the UK underwent no learning and development during the pandemic, despite furlough rules allowing it, with the average company […]

    Thinking of becoming a VA? Read this first…

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    With increasing uncertainty in all industries, one industry is seeing PAs flock to join it. The virtual assistant sector is seeing a swell of PAs looking to join its ranks. The lack of lockdown commute has seen three times the number of new applications for industry organisation SocietyOfVirtualAssistants.co.uk – but there are very specific skills […]

    Your Excellency launches innovative collaboration with recruitment agency

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    UK training specialist for PAs, EAs, VAs and Administrative Professionals, Your Excellency, has announced a unique collaboration with secretarial recruitment firm, Lily Shippen. This new concept allows employers who hire new talent through Lily Shippen to enrol their staff onto an accredited qualification delivered by Your Excellency, which would be included in the overall cost […]


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    We have 300+ other PAs and EAs attending today’s PA Life LIVE digital conference. They’re joining us for a full day of insight, learning and inspiration during today’s challenges, with sessions including: Future-Proofing Your Role Returning to a New Normal in the Office Navigating Safe Business Travel for your Teams The Return of Live Events […]

    PA Forum announces online learning and development conference

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    PA Forum has announced its Learning and Development Conference 2020 for executive support professionals worldwide. Now in its third year, the educational event will take place virtually for the first time on September 29th, welcoming personal, executive, and virtual assistants, as well as business support professionals and office managers, for a day of learning. Lucy Brazier, […]

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