Global PA Association & Training Academy was established by Rosemary Parr in 2006. As a Professional Membership Association and Training Academy we have educational links to two of the UK's top Universities - Kingston University Business School & Birkbeck, University of London. We are also partners with the ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) which is part of City and Guilds so we can offer Executive & Personal Assistants the highest qualifications and opportunities for career development possible. We 'walk our talk' and campaign tirelessly for recognition and opportunities for professional development for hard working Executive Assistants, Personal Assistants and Secretaries across the globe. We are committed to developing the motivation and confidence of people like you, office professionals across the globe, and improving your opportunities for career progression. Our members come from the UK, Europe, Middle East, Far East and Australia.
Global PA Association – Connecting and Empowering Office Professionals
From the original launch of Global PA in April 2007 at the BT Tower in London sponsored by BT plc, we have made big inroads into challenging the working landscape for Secretaries, PAs and EAs. In 2009 we partnered with Kingston University Business School, Centre for Research in Employment, Skills and Society, to undertake the very first detailed academic research into the Secretarial/PA role; a groundbreaking study published in 2009. One aspect of the research found that many did not believe their job enabled them to use their full abilities, indicating many organisations are wasting the talents of the UK's 800,000 office professionals. This academic research was then published in Academic Journals in 2012 as 'Ghetto Occupation in the 21st Century' with 'bleak career prospects'. Our Steering Committee on Best Practice aims to challenge this within companies across the world working with employers on engaging, enhancing and positioning PA talent.
I am passionate in my commitment to improving opportunities within the roles of Executive Assistants, Personal Assistants and Secretaries. I know from personal experience, the immense positive contribution they make to their organisations. Rosemary Parr, Associate Lecturer, Birkeck, University of London, CIPD L&D Practitioner, Motivational Trainer & Coach.
The research also revealed a high proportion of the sector would welcome a professionally recognised PA qualification that could elevate the status of the role and so in partnering with Birkbeck, University of London, we now offer a Certificate in Higher Management for PAs (CertHE ManPAs) designed specifically for Secretaries, PAs & EAs who wish to seize the opportunity to develop their management skills and gain a recognised qualification from one of the UK's top Universities. This qualification is the first year of a degree in Business or Management for aspiring EAs & PAs.
ILM Recognised Provider 2016
We are pleased to announce that we are now recognised providers with the ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) and part of the City and Guilds Group the No.1 qualifications in the UK, Europe and globally. All our courses will now be ILM recognised which offers our Members the opportunity to showcase their accreditation at their performance reviews and on their CVs. This is part of our commitment to your professional development.
Our dynamic Association has steadily grown over the years in reputation and our members receive personal support and advice alongside invitations to events, networking opportunities, make new friends and undertake qualifications. The Global PA Association, is a professional membership organisation that will continue to exceed your high expectations as your representative with industry, business and governments, championing your status and professionalism.
Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our sponsors, De Vere Venues; the UK leader in dedicated business space. With 30 years experience offering impeccable service standards, we are privileged to be using their venues to run our seminars and workshops.
As we all know, change is a process and not an event and whilst the Global PA Association arrives with many new opportunities and offers, there are more exciting developments in the pipeline. Don’t worry about missing anything; register with us and the team will keep in touch to make sure you’re updated.
Rosemary Parr DirGPA,MCIPD,CTI Coach,Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London
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Training Academy Team
We pride ourselves that each member of our training team has had personal experience of working in business as an office professional in addition to holding recognised training qualifications