We receive many enquiries asking: “Why would I do a qualification, as opposed to a stand-alone training course?”. It’s a good question but one which we’re clear about. If you want to gain professional status, gain even great respect from your employer and your boss, and increase your promotion prospects and earning potential, then being ‘qualified’ is the best way forward. Quite simply, why spend two or more days on a training course, when by attending just six days with Adam Fidler Academy, you can come away with a formal and accredited qualification? Historically, qualifications for EAs and Business Support staff have stopped at Level 3 (eg NVQ Level 3 in Administration) but now you can achieve a formal Level 4 qualification with us - equivalent to a HNC or the first year of a degree - in just six days, plus self-study. It’s a no brainer, and that’s why we attract students from all over the world on our qualification programmes. Take the group pictured above - a mix of Level 3 and Level 4 qualification students. They said, “We have the experience, and can do the job, but want to prove it to others, and have the certification to prove we are professionally qualified in our field.” Now, there’s ambition for you - and many in the group above have already benefited from the fruits of their hard work. A new job title, a pay increase and greater responsibility… that doesn’t come with luck. It comes with hard work, getting qualified and showing your boss you take your role seriously. Professional qualifications, in our view, are the best way to do this. Why attend just a training course, when you can get qualified?
Our contemporary training suite attracts many compliments, and provides a warm and relaxed learning environment for our students and delegates. And, from May this year, to give our learners an even better experience, we’re expanding our training facilities to include an enhanced library area full of resources and artefacts to inspire learning. “It’s all about the experience,” says Adam Fidler. “When students come, whether it’s for a two-day programme or as part of their qualification programme with us, they always love our training facilities - which are in the heart of trendy Ancoats Urban Village in Manchester.” Our Academy is a far cry from the stuffy corporate world, but balances the character and soul of a former Victorian building with the professionalism and polish of a modern office block.
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What a delight to be part of this year’s Scottish PA Showcase, held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 27 March. Adam Fidler (pictured here with delegates), spoke about the future skills and competencies needed in the EA role to a 50 strong audience. He also announced he will be returning to Edinburgh later this year, on Friday 20 September 2019, to run a special 1-day Strategic Executive Assistant programme, in collaboration with the Scottish PA Network. Details on that are to be announced - so watch this space!
Adam Fidler Academy is delighted to be a sponsor, for the third year running, of the Manchester PA Awards. We’re sponsoring the ‘Rising Star’ category again this year, to recognise new talent in the PA and EA role. For more details, and to nominate a fellow PA, then click here.
PAs and EAs should know better… Plurals don’t need apostrophes!
(Incorrect: PA’s should know better… Plural’s dont need apostrophe’s!)
Social media, and related commentary or publicity in the PA and EA industry, is littered with this one key grammatically error. And, I see PAs doing it on a regular basis. Many of our students struggle with apostrophes, so let me try and help everyone out there who may not have been taught this before.
When you type or write about the plural of something, there is no need for an apostrophe!
For example, when we’re talking about more than one PA, or EA, we don’t need an apostrophe. The following illustrations are correct:
One PA, Ten PAs, 1 EA, 25 EAs, Thousands of PAs
It may be small, but grammatical errors such as this can really detract from the message. On our business writing programme, we cover the old-fashioned things that make new-fashioned EAs all the better at their jobs. This is one of those things that every EA and PA should know.
We've had many enquiries over the last two months, asking if Adam Fidler’s public seminars on the future and evolution of the EA and PA role are available on podcast or streaming. For now, there are no plans to share Adam’s unrivalled perspectives through video, but Adam has been undertaking a series of regional events in collaboration with Hays Plc, where he talks candidly about the future direction for all business support roles. If you would like to attend, the next events are as follows: Doncaster - 20 March; Milton Keynes - 21 March; and London (Ebury) - 16 April. To book your complimentary place, or for more details, see Adam’s LinkedIn site or contact us. We look forward to seeing you there!
A huge thanks to the 50 delegates who attended our Scottish Training Day on Friday 5 October in Edinburgh. With fellow-trainer, Victoria Darragh (CEO of the Executive & Personal Assistants Association), delegates learnt about managing up, influence and adding wider organisational value. We are especially indebted to Rosemary McLennan (Founder of The Scottish PA Network) for her hard work in making this event happen. As Rosemary commented: “This is the largest turn-out ever to a Scottish Training Day; we knew the content and speakers would be relevant to any forward thinking PA or EA.”
That’s the issue! Traditionally, qualifications, training courses or learning for Executive Assistants and Personal Assistants just haven’t been mapped to anything, let alone a level! So, whilst you might think you’re doing a course which is the right level for you, many EAs and PAs are left thoroughly disappointed as a lot of courses officially only map to a Level 2 (GCSE Level in the UK). For the top EA jobs today, employers are seeking a minimum of a Level 3 qualification or even a Level 4. All our courses are mapped to official qualification ‘Levels’ which means how hard they are. To benchmark, a Level 2 is equivalent to GCSEs or entry-level; a Level 3 is broadly equivalent to A-Levels or a BTEC National Diploma and a Level 4 is broadly equivalent to the first year of a Degree or HNC. Your level of attainment is key and our Level 4 content is unrivalled - because at that Level it’s ‘business and management’, not ‘secretarial and admin’. Get it?
Back by popular demand, the Adam Fidler Academy/Executive & Personal Assistants Association Executive PA Development and Training Day! Join us on Friday 28 September 2018 at the Holiday Inn Hotel Manchester City Centre for a day of high-level training and learning. And, if you want to network the night before, on Thursday 27 September, we’re hosting a complimentary drinks reception at the Etihad Stadium, home of the 2018 Premier League Champions, Manchester City Football Club. For more details and to book, click here.
There was a great turn out for Adam Fidler’s talk on Tuesday 10 July in Liverpool on Leadership, Management and the role of the Executive Assistant, hosted by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and arranged by the Institute of Administrative Management (IAM). We’ve been inundated with comments about our unrivalled content - especially for those PAs who want to redefine their roles in a more managerial way, and align their competencies more meaningfully to what the business world now needs. Thanks to all those who attended, and especially our hosts!