Top 20 Benefits of accredited training and qualifications with Your Excellency Limited



We’re on a mission to elevate the EA, PA and Executive Support profession to the height at which it belongs. With 15 years as learning and development specialists, the team at Your Excellency are proud to offer accredited, professional training to support the career and learning journeys of PA professionals across the world.

Our offerings include the industry-first Mini MBA Programme and The Essential PA Programme which incorporates an Ofqual regulated qualification.

There are so many benefits to learning with us. We’ve pulled together the top 20 benefits into one beneficial resource document for you with weblinks and further reading. 

We’ve considered the benefits to you personally, to your Executive(s) and to your organisation.  We’ve also issued a supplementary Blog to help you gain sign-off for your learning and development which you can read here.

Benefit #1

Your Excellency have 15 years experience as learning and development specialists. We are incredibly passionate about championing the EA, PA and Executive Support Professional. We want you to excel in your career. We want to share useful resources with you. We want to connect you with the people who can help. And we are so proud of our learners and Graduates and all they go on to achieve having studied with us. Don’t just take our word for it either – watch our Learner Success Stories here to hear from our learners and Graduates.

Benefit #2

Our Essential PA Programme incorporates the Level 3 Award in Professional PA & Administration Skills, an Ofqual regulated qualification delivered under awarding organisation, SFJ Awards. Because SFJ Awards are regulated by OfQual, this means Your Excellency Limited have met stringent quality standards in terms of content and delivery.

Our Mini MBA Programme is accredited by The Institute of Administrative Managers, one of the oldest professional bodies for business and admin managers in the UK. This provenance adds crediblity to our Programme.

You can be assured that our content is current and relevant. We make sure we’re aware of the most up to date initiatives and news from across the world that affects you, the EA professional. Our materials cover the top skills that have been identified as most desired by employers according to The World Economic Forum.

We encourage you to consider applying different working practices and we signpost you to relevant TED talks, blog posts and resources including keeping you up to date with The World Administrators Summit news and promoting a global understanding of this profession.  

Our trainers are qualified experts in their field. We believe credibility is heightened when a trainer has worked in the field for which they are sharing their knowledge. 

So, our Director Lindsay Taylor is a former EA herself. She worked for 10 years both in the UK and USA in Senior EA positions and understands the diversity of the PA profession and the inevitable challenges you face based on her own experience. 

Our Director Malcolm is the lead trainer for our industry-first Mini MBA Programme and he delivers our Finance, Commercial and Business Awareness content, drawing on his extension knowledge and experience in Senior Management roles across the world. 

Our Wellness Associate, Lorraine Groves, is a practising Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist passionate about helping people live healthy, happy lives.  

You can read more about us and our Associate Trainers here. 

Benefit #3 – Support

We were delighted to receive this LinkedIn testimonial from a Your Excellency Graduate when she learned she had achieved the SFJ Awards Level 3 Award in Professional PA & Administration Skills. As our Graduate’s testimonial states, we will be with you every step of the way as we support you throughout your programme of study. 

So I have to say a huge thank you to Lindsay Taylor and all the tutors at Your Excellency. I have never been so proud of achieving something….the team at Your Excellency took the time to help me every step of the way! Thank you from the bottom of my heart”

With 13 years’ experience as learning and development specialists, we pride ourselves on helping you “create the difference that makes the difference”. We encourage you to identify how, when and where you will apply your newfound skills and to recognise the benefit and positive impact you will gain by putting them into practice.

Remember, your effectiveness and efficiency will have a direct impact on the effectiveness and efficiency of your Executive and your organisation – the bottom line is you’re adding huge value to your organisation and cultivating success for all. I read a great comment from an EA the other day that “investment and increase in input (your learning and development) produces investment and increase in output” which is absolutely true. By keeping up to date with the most current working practices you will be able to apply these, saving your Executive time and money and alleviating pressure on yourself when you can be more effective and efficient.

Benefit #4

We appreciate the role of the EA and PA is diverse and you have to draw on an equally diverse skillset to excel in what you do.

Our Essential PA Programme incorporates learning on project management, communication, management/leadership styles, influencing and persuasion and networking.

Our Mini MBA Programme helps you understand finance terminology and develops your strategic thinking.

Honing your skills in these areas will enable you to step up to taking on more responsibilities and being able to more fully support your Executive(s).

Benefit #5

We know that people like to learn in different ways. We are flexible in our style of delivery to promote inclusivity and we respect individual learning preferences.  We’re all made up differently (it’s what makes our lives so very interesting of course – particularly in the working environment when you need to get along with so many different people!). 

Our Mini MBA Programme is a blended learning Programme combining pre-recording sessions and live virtual sessions with our lead trainer Malcolm. We combine individual, paired and group exercises and encourage discussion and reflection.

Learners on our Essential PA Programme are provided with personalised delegate course workbooks and copies of the slides we use during the training days. These always include further reading and useful resources to encourage continuous professional development.

“Lindsay’s holistic style of delivery included practical tips and it was engaging and inclusive. This was an excellent opportunity to network and discuss best practice”, EA working in higher education, UK

Benefit #6

During your period of study you’ll have student membership of the IAM, one of the oldest professional bodies for business and administrative managers in the UK. You’ll receive invites to CPD events in your area and a regular newsletter with up to date news and resources to support you.

Upon successful completion of a qualification with us and for an annual fee you can upgrade your student membership to full membership. One of the benefits of this is that you can add post nominal letters after your name – this looks impressive on your CV and your LinkedIn profile. It also adds to your credibility and demonstrates the commitment from you, your Executive and your organisation to this profession. 

Benefit #7

You’ll join a friendly cohort of learners with a maximum group size of 10. This ensures you have optimum interaction with the trainer and plenty of opportunity to network and share your stories, including the challenges of the role.

Chatham House Rules apply – what is said in the training room (virtually or face to face) remains in the training room. We will share strategies and solutions to your identified challenges and invite input from your fellow learners as you share best practice and ideas. According to The Institute of Industrial Psychologists networking accounts for 60% of your career progression. We recognise every training session is an ideal opportunity to network. 

Benefit #8

We acknowledge and recognise the PA and EA as a true professional and leader. We are passionate about raising the profile of this profession and share management and leadership theories and strategies to help hone your expertise.

Taking on board management and leadership theory, you’ll be able to match your Executive’s strategic thinking and have a better appreciation of their role and how you can (and will!) step up to supporting them more effectively.

“The EA/PA is a leader in their own right. That’s something we need to be proud of and take ownership of. From this awareness we can hone our management and leadership skills to ensure we are employing the very best practices. In doing so we are well on the way to raising the profile of this profession” Lindsay Taylor, Director of Your Excellency Limited

Benefit #9

Our offerings are more affordable than you may think.  As at May 2022 our Essential PA Programme is £1,995 plus VAT and our Mini MBA Programme is £1,295 plus VAT. A one day accredited training course is £495 plus VAT and a two day accredited training course is £895 plus VAT.  And, if you have to self fund your learning and development, make sure you let us know because we will help you with the cost.

Benefit #10

We are not fans of jargon. We say it as it is (with thought and integrity of course). We explain things in simple terms. We cut through the jargon and therefore ensure you really understand the new models, theories and strategies and how you can apply them to benefit you, your Executive(s) and your organisation. 

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Become a truly exceptional EA by combining strategy, finance, marketing and leadership know-how in this accessible and accredited blended-learning Programme. The Mini MBA is for Senior & Executive Assistants who want to master business and leadership skills.

The knowledge and skills you will learn will be equally useful within your professional role and personal lives.

IAM are one of the oldest professional bodies for business and administrative managers in the UK.

During your period of study with Your Excellency Limited, you will have Student Membership status of the IAM.

When you achieve your qualification, you’ll be able to take advantage of a preferential Your Excellency alumni rate and upgrade to full membership status.

Existing IAM members are eligible for 15% discount on listed training prices.

Your Excellency offers professional accredited training through the SFJ Awards.

SFJ Awards are the Ofqual regulated Awarding Organisation for the Level 3 Award in Professional PA and Administration Skills and Level 4 Certificate in Office and Administration Management.

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