The Executive PA Programme

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Is the Executive PA Programme For You?

Are you an ambitious individual looking to work for the best? Do you see yourself working alongside and supporting a Partner, Chairman, Director or CEO? Do you need the practical, transferable skills and confidence to be able to progress as a PA, Executive Assistant or Team Co-ordinator? If the answer is ‘YES!’ then the Executive PA Programme could be the ideal starting point for you.

The content and method of your training reflects the nature of current PA roles, where employers require you to be multi-skilled and dynamic. As well as developing core PA skills, there is a strong emphasis on your communication and networking skills, and these are built into The Executive PA Programme in a fun and sociable way.

Your 24 weeks of training culminate with a two-week internship, which may either be arranged by the Quest team, or through your own networking efforts! This taster of working life is a key feature of the training programme and on many occasions leads on to full-time employment. The Executive PA Programme is a fantastic starting point for those wishing to add value to any organisation.

Scroll down to see the Training Programme Content.

% of students that secured a job after graduating from The Executive PA Programme in 2015

88%

Training Programme Content:

Office Skills

  • Time management
  • Diary management
  • Telephone manner
  • Delivery and postage
  • Organising events
  • Corporate gifts
  • Expenses
  • Dealing with common queries/research questions
  • Booking restaurants/ travel/ hotels
  • Conference arrangements

Business English and Text Processing

  • Internal and external correspondence
  • Proof reading
  • Formatting of letters, emails, memos, press releases and documents
  • Use of apostrophes, abbreviations, proof corrections, circled and non-circled errors

Finance

  • Debt
  • Personal budgeting
  • The budget
  • Economics
  • Financial markets
  • Business documents
  • Percentages and VAT
  • Invoicing
  • Petty cash
  • Expenses

IT - MS Office and Apple

  • MS Word (including mail merge and advanced functions)
  • MS PowerPoint (and business presentations)
  • MS Outlook (and diary management)
  • MS Access (database management)
  • MS Excel (and business finance)
  • Apple IT (intro to MAC OS)
  • Cloud computing
  • Web Design

Law

  • Contract and employment law
  • Accepting an offer
  • Termination of contracts
  • Equal Pay Act 1970
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1975
  • Race Relations Act 1976
  • Maternity rights
  • Duress
  • Advertisement law
  • Copyright law

Practical Office Workshops

  • Maintaining a database
  • Creating documents
  • Efficiency and response
  • Taking instruction and meeting deadlines
  • Proof reading
  • Office supplies and office furniture
  • Expenses
  • Creating presentations
  • Creating itineraries
  • Mail merge
  • Dictation

Career Development and Interview Skills

  • Where to find work
  • Application processes
  • Unusual application processes
  • Interview practice
  • CBI practice
  • Group interviews
  • Mock interviews
  • Contracts, P45s, budgeting

Current Affairs

  • Political spectrum and political parties
  • Parliament and government
  • Cabinet and shadow cabinet ministers
  • Prime Minister’s Question Time
  • Law making
  • Voting and elections
  • European Union and Middle East
  • Devolved governments
  • Debates on topical issues

Meetings and Itineraries

  • Meeting vocabulary
  • Content and formatting of notices, agendas, minutes
  • Meeting preparation
  • Getting the most out of a meeting
  • AGM
  • Rackham’s Behavioural Analysis
  • Itineraries

Personal Development

  • Presentation skills
  • Delivering a successful, self researched presentation
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Myers Briggs
  • Neuro-linguistic Programming

Developing a Professional Wardrobe and Image

  • First impressions for interviews and in the workplace
  • Consultation session with stylist
  • Business dress – shapes, lengths, seasonal colours and style

Social Digital Media

  • Why businesses use digital media
  • Digital strategy and planning
  • Twitter for business
  • Facebook for businesses
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Plus

Industry/CVs

  • Industry sectors and the differences between them
  • CV formatting and production
  • Complete research report
  • Cover Letters

Shorthand

  • Teeline shorthand theory
  • Special outlines and word groupings
  • Read and write clear outlines
  • Speed building
  • Transcribe shorthand from passages read at speed

Events

  • Planning and organising successful events
  • Budget management
  • Event evaluation

Audio Typing

  • Accuracy
  • Malleable copies

Introduction to Marketing

  • Product lifecycle
  • Business philosophies

Touch-typing

  • Learning the keyboard
  • Speed and efficiency

Work Experience

  • Opportunity to gain practical office experience

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