This is part of EPAA's Time to Train ongoing campaign and research, which was first launched in 2017! 
 
We are delighted to be working with specialist recruiter Lily Shippen on this latest piece of research. 

Lily Shippen is on a mission to change the perception of the secretarial, business and executive support profession. Far more than “just a job”, the team at Lily Shippen are dedicated to championing the vocation as a career in its own right and are in line with EPAA's own ethos as a national body! 
 
A lot has changed in this time for both the profession and what employers need in terms of an all encompassing support service. 
 
Our last survey results went to thousands of support professionals and UK employers too. Ultimately we helped to reshape the training market in the UK. 
 
We are back to take a look and benchmark the data from 2017, in addition to ensuring that you are getting the right learning and development going forward.  Thus enabling you to keep up to date with the latest skills and be visible in a competitive job market - should the need arise. 
 
We thank you in advance for completing this survey and can ensure we will be taking action on the results. 
 
This survey will close for completion on Friday 28th May 2021.  The results will be delivered via a report published in June. 
 
Enter your details at the end of the survey, as part of our prize draw and be in with a chance of winning one of the following! 

  • Fitbit Charge 4 Advanced Fitness Tracker with GPS
  • Bettys Luxury Gift Box delivered
  • Hari Ghotra Family Pack delivered 
  • Stein's at Home £50 digital gift voucher 
All personal details entered for the draw are kept confidential and are not shared as part of the final report.  Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email when the survey closes. 
 
 (Please note this survey is for UK participants only - Channel Islands and Isle of Man are included) 

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* 1. What is your current job title?

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* 2. What is your gender

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* 3. What is your age?

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* 4. What is your geographical location?

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* 5. In which sector do you work?

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* 6. When was the last time you undertook EA/PA-specific training or qualifications?

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* 7. Have you undertaken more learning /training during Covid and the lockdowns (over the last 12 months)?

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* 8. How much have you invested in your own professional development in the past three years?

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* 9. How much has your current or previous employer invested in your professional development in the last three years?

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* 10. If your employer has not invested anything, or as much as you would like, why is this?

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* 11. If your employer has invested in you, how did you achieve this?

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* 12. Does your company include Executive and Business Support professionals as part of a company-wide learning and development policy?

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* 13. Looking outside classroom type training and formal qualifications, what other learning and development activities have you undertaken in the last three years? tick all that apply

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* 14. Do you feel the UK Executive and Business support industry is meeting training requirements for your role and the profession at large?

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* 15. Do you think your employer should fund the majority of your learning and development activities?

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* 16. If you believe a combination of funding is appropriate, what percentage should be employer-funded?

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* 17. Looking to the future, are you seeking to complete a training course or qualification?

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* 18. Which of the following do you think you need more training on as an Executive or Business Support Professional? (tick all that apply)

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* 19. What training do you wish to undertake as far as technology is concerned? (multiple choice)

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* 20. Do you prefer virtual or face to face learning going forward? 

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* 21. Are there any final comments you wish to provide on learning and development for Executive and Business Support Professionals in the UK?

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* 22. Please complete your details below if you wish to enter our prize draw (optional)

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