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    5 soft skills that ensure success

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    When employers are looking for the right PA candidate, they search for somebody who has business and technical knowledge, but they also want somebody with excellent people skills. These are the five essential soft skills that will ensure career success no matter the industry, according to workplace speaker Antonio Neves. 1 Listening Being able to […]

    Admin & accounting ‘old fashioned’ & ‘boring’, say 16-24 year olds looking for jobs

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    As GCSE and A-Level results come out and thousands of young people make decisions on their futures, Pitman Training, the UK’s leading independent training provider, releases statistics that get under the skin of the psyche of young people and their attitude toward their careers. Research by Pitman Training reveals that young people are against more […]

    Guest blog: Tomorrow’s assistant – the skills & attributes for future success

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    Our guest blogger Nick Fewings, Creator of the Team DyNamics© model and expert trainer – who spoke at our June PA Life Training Day – returns with the second part of his piece on the future of the PA. In my last article, Tomorrow’s assistant – The Changemaker, I shared my thoughts on changes within businesses that I […]

    Business investment should focus on digital skills

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    Office for National Statistics figures reveal that in 2014, the UK government spent £11 billion on science, engineering and technology, an increase of 0.4% in current prices compared with 2013. This emphasises the importance of digital skills to boost growth in the UK economy. The need to provide high-end technology is not matched with the skills currently […]

    4 soft skills every office worker needs

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    Earlier this month we reported on a survey that reveals the most valued traits in a colleague, and many of them focused on how easy it is to get along with them as a person. A recent article by Forbes outlines four soft skills every office worker needs and why. So if you’ve got all […]

    Businesses need to cater to the rise in internet users

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    Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that 87.9% of adults had recently (in the last three months) used the internet, compared with 86.2% in 2015. Internet usage is increasing throughout all demographics, with women aged 75 and over up 169% in 2011. This displays that the internet is yet to reach […]

    Speak up at the PA Life Training Day

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    Assistants often know more about the business than the team members of those they support. However, sometimes they don’t recognise or appreciate this or the behavioural skills they have. Nick Fewings from Ngagementworks will be on hand at the next PA Life Training Day to teach attendees how to realise their potential – and speak […]

    Inadequate investment leaves British businesses exposed to digital skills gap

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    British businesses are not doing enough to boost employees’ digital competence, according to new research commissioned by Barclays. While almost half (47%) of all businesses believe better digital skills would lead to a more productive workforce, investment in digital upskilling remains low at only £109 per employee among medium and large businesses. The survey of […]