Barclays & Pitman Training Combine Forces To Address Issues In PA Profession

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Two of the UK’s most well-known brands are combining forces to raise the profile of one of the world’s most misunderstood professions.

Barclays has partnered with the UK’s leading PA & Secretarial training provider, Pitman Training, to create a series of free, CPD accredited workshops, which aim to emphasise what a career as a PA is really like in businesses today, challenge outdated perceptions which surround the profession and educate the next wave of aspiring PAs.

Michelle Robertson, PA to General Counsel for the Personal Banking Legal team at Barclays, and leader of this initiative said: “I believe that the opportunity we have to help raise the profile of the PA profession should not be wasted – it is a real skill to do this work well and that should be recognised and acknowledged more widely. This initiative will really help to do this. Not only will this benefit PAs already working in Barclays to develop and evolve as mentors, I hope it will inspire students to join a fast paced, rewarding profession or to find out that there is more to this career choice than they might think.”

Business Networking for PAs

The first event being held as part of this new initiative is ‘Business Networking for PAs’ through which aspiring PAs will be provided the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the PA industry and get to grips with one of the most fundamental and valued skills of any successful PA; networking. The event will take place on Wednesday 29 April, 11:00 -14:00 at Barclays global headquarters, 1 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London. Attendees will be able to network with the PA’s to some of Barclays executives and gain valuable insights into what it really takes to become a corporate PA.

With just 32 places available for the first session, places are limited. Anyone who is based in London, and is interested in the PA profession can apply to attend here: The event will provide guests with the opportunity to gain a CPD accredited certificate, which is fantastic recognition for anyone wishing to enter the PA profession. Delegates will also receive a free copy of ‘Executive Secretary Magazine’ – one of the most notable industry publications for PA and admin professionals, along with a gift bag and information on career progression.

Support from Monster

The initiative is also being supported by one of the UK’s largest job boards, keen to drive the PA & Secretarial sector forwards on the back demand from clients. Michael Gentle, Head of Consumer Marketing at Monster UK and Ireland said: “We have over 85,000 new jobs on our site each month and have seen a specific increase in the request for highly skilled, motivated and business driven PAs and administrative staff, who in the post-recession workplace, are now responsible for a much wider-ranging remit of business management projects. This initiative will highlight just one of the many skills required from top level Personal and Executive assistants, and those looking at taking their career further on the back of this event will be urged to visit our site for more advice on beginning this career path.”

Claire Lister, Managing Director at Pitman Training Group, said; “We are extremely pleased to be collaborating with Barclays to devise this fantastic initiative to help aid a profession which is extremely important in the successful running of many business throughout the world, yet still unbelievably undervalued. We are aiming to recognise the importance of the professionals who currently operate in the industry, and strengthen the foundations for the next generation of PAs. The profession has come so far over the last 20 years or so, and it’s about time all PAs received the recognition, respect and acknowledgement for the work they carry out.”

For more information and to apply for a place on the first session, please visit:

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