Associate Training Day

We are delighted to open bookings for our very first training day for Associate level members of EPAA. Our Associate members are EA/PA professionals who typically have two years plus experience and are fairly new to the profession.

This training day seeks to equip this level of the profession with the right skills and mind set to truly flourish as a UK EA/PA professional, along with a futuristic view of the profession. Less thinking about the now and more what is to come and how to prepare for the future.

As with all our training days, we have active discussions, debate, exercises and practical resources that can be taken away and used to ensure a stronger and happier career. Our training days are open to all levels within our membership, should you feel the content is relevant to your role at this time.

Why Attend

  • Learn how to increase your confidence levels as a budding EA
  • Understand how to say no and push back in assertively
  • Understand key competencies required to move to the next stage of your career
  • Build an executive and strategic career plan
  • Increase your competitiveness as an EA/PA professional

Included in the day

  • Electronic certificate of attendance
  • 10 EPAA CPD credits awarded to members
  • All refreshments and lunch included


Adam Filder
Victoria Darragh
Anel Martin


Simply click on a time slot to find out what is happening throughout the day.

09:15 – 09:30 | Welcomes – Victoria Darragh, Founder EPAA

09:30 – 10:30 | Assertiveness Skills – Anel Martin

The ability to say no and set boundaries often defines success and overall sanity in our roles as successful executive assistants. Assertiveness is a skill that can be acquired and as with all other skills needs to be practiced. In this slot I will give you tips and tricks for setting boundaries, overcoming excessive people pleasing behaviour, being able to stand your ground and how to speak up when required.

Failing to acquire this ability inevitably leads to burn out, abnormally high workload vs. your job description and remuneration.

10:30 – 11:30 | BREAK

11:30 – 12:30 | Confidence Building – Anel Martin

Confidence is a key ingredient to elevating the profile of the profession. If we present ourselves as we want others to view us and we can back up our confidence with performance, we will definitely ensure that our roles are future-proof and respected.

People often do not respect the role because they don’t understand the value that we add because we do not verbalise our wins or the contributions that we make.

My slot is designed to teach you practical steps to create and more importantly feel confidence. We will focus on how your voice and body impact your personal image and how you are perceived by others. Also the connection between brain and body, how we can manage stress hormones with small tweaks in our bodies.

12:30 – 13:30 | LUNCH

13:30 – 15:00 | Transitioning from Secretarial to EA Mind set – Victoria Darragh, Founder EPAA

The profession is seeing unprecedented changes and a challenging job market, coupled with the advance of artificial intelligence and automation, which is starting to take away the more traditional and secretarial elements of the

It is crucial for UK EA/PA professionals to break away from the stereotyped roles and associate duties, which are still embedded in training programmes, college courses and society at large across the UK.
Moving from a fixed secretarial mind set to a mind-set of growth – the Executive Assistant. You will understand the components of what a good job description and advert looks like at a higher level and how to pitch strategically at future performance reviews.

You will take away practical thinking and resources, which can be used immediately. This session will also seek to help you put together a structured career plan and look at the tools and areas of strength needed, to progress to the next level of your career and even more importantly, to remain competitive.

15:00 – 15:30 | BREAK

15:30 – 16:45 | Adam Fidler

16:45 – 17:00 | Group Debate and Event close




CPD Programme

EPAA members in attendance will earn the following credits towards their annual CPD record;

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