Finally …….Before you start…….

A lot to take in!  So you may find it useful to have a chat with Simon at this point before you start on your first assessment.

This can either be a video call over your preferred platform from the list below, or a simple phone call:

  • FaceTime
  • Teams
  • Skype
  • Zoom

This will give you a chance to ask Simon any questions you may have regarding the assessment or indeed any part of your course.

Nothing pressurised, just a friendly 5 to 10-minute chat with Simon to help answer any questions you may have and to say a proper “hello” at the beginning of your course.

Select a time between 10am to 5pm UK time, Monday to Friday to suit.

Just email Simon on to book in a time and date.

Alternatively you can use the Chat feature on the Learning Hub to get in touch with Simon or just send an email with any questions you may have if you find that easier.

Jobs Board

We have various PA, EA, Medical and office based jobs registered with us from a wide range of different organisations.

See below for current job opportunities

August 2020

Office Manager – Berkshire

A great opportunity has arisen for a full-time Office Manager at a small but busy surveying practice in Berkshire that specialises in high value residential properties in London and the Home Counties.

The position will have a very broad role and requires a highly organised and motivated person who can multi-task, work well in a team

The Role

  • Provide administrative assistance to the surveyors and support staff
  • Overall management of day to day running of the office
  • Responsible for taking calls and directing them as necessary
  • Preparing quotes, documents and invoices for new instructions
  • Keep system files organised & accessible
  • Tracking works in progress to ensure work is issued within agreed timescales
  • Introduction and co-ordination of induction program for all new employees
  • Co-ordination of all attendance and holiday records
  • Database management of works in progress and archiving
  • Ensure all company procedures are adhered to
  • Coordinating with the Directors to review and update company policies and procedures periodically
  • The role may develop into monthly payroll, credit control, quarterly tax returns and pension payments via Xero.

Experience Required

  • Extensive Office Manager experience
  • Diploma or other qualifications in Office Administration / Office Management
  • Health and Safety at Work Legislation
  • Up-to-date knowledge and experience with Xero accounting software

Skills Required

  • Concise and confident communication skills and grammatical accuracy, both written and verbal.
  • Highly accurate with exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Good IT skills including Word and Excel
  • Work effectively in a team as well as working without supervision
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Must be proactive and possess a flexible attitude to the workload
  • Ability to perceive problems and react quickly to effect solutions

Working Hours

09.00 – 17.30 Monday to Friday

Holiday Entitlement

4 weeks, plus bank holidays, plus annual Christmas closedown (extra 4-5 days)


£28,000 – £30,000 per annum depending on experience


Life Assurance

Basic company pension

July 2020

British Red Cross – London, Head Office – Closing 12 July 2020

You will support the International Law Department with effective administrative and information systems including the monitoring of the departmental budget and support in the preparation of the department’s annual plan and budget.

A key responsibility will be to support in department matters such as use and misuse of the Red Cross emblem and designation; this will involve contact with members of the public as well as with British Red Cross colleagues, and the drafting of correspondence and the undertaking of related research.

Reporting to the Head of International Law, your other important duty will be to provide secretarial support to the British Red Cross delegations to international statutory meetings.

Job Description and link to apply

February 2020

Team Administrator – start as soon as possible

Team Administrator – Salary £25k-£30k – depending on experience

EMEA Corporate Solutions – London W1

Reports To:  PA / Lead Administrator – EMEA Corporate Solutions


  • To provide comprehensive secretarial support to the team and contribute to its smooth and efficient running
  • Reports to the team PA / Lead Administrator

Key Tasks

  • To work with the PA to the MD and Head of Account Management Operations and provide comprehensive administration support to the team as required.
  • To co-ordinate travel arrangements for team members
  • To assist the PA with internal and client events
  • To book and set up meeting rooms, arrange refreshments and assist with event set up
  • To prepare all documents in accordance with Company templates and the style and layout requested by the originator. To prepare documents for binding and collating
  • To update and maintain CRM system and excel spread sheets and ensure contact lists are kept up to date.
  • To assist new staff with set up of their workstations, key fobs for the office etc.
  • To assist with invoicing when required
  • To order office supplies
  • To maintain all team memberships.
  • Attendance to regular meetings with Team, with Manager and others (taking minutes etc.)

Skills and Experience

  • Good proficiency in Microsoft office tools (excel, word, outlook) and presentation tools (PowerPoint)
  • Must be able to communicate at all levels
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Must possess an eye for detail
  • Highest professional standards
  • Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • The ability to perceive problems and react quickly to effect solutions
  • Must be a team player with a positive attitude, who is able to carry out instructions
  • Must be proactive and possess a flexible attitude to the workload

To apply send CV and covering email to:

Archie Hirson

Colliers International|50 George Street | London W1U 7GA | United Kingdom

January 2020 – still open to applicants!

Office Assistant – Residential Property, London

Working as an Office Assistant you’ll provide administrative and secretarial support to our London Residential Property Team. Working as part of a dynamic and fun team, you’ll contribute to providing an outstanding client experience by progressing cases in the most efficient manner.

You’ll support the whole team in the management of their caseloads and all necessary administrative tasks, working closely with the Conveyancing Assistants. It’s essential that you have legal secretarial training and familiarity with case management systems. You’ll assist with the opening of new instructions, financial transactions, checking deeds and notices and preparing related documentation, maintaining accurate and up–to-date records on systems as well as preparing correspondence. You must be able to work with accuracy to undertake general administrative tasks and financial tasks, whilst coordinating with our central services team to ensure that all documents are produced to set timescales.

Given the nature of the role, you’ll be a confident communicator and strong team player, enthusiastic and willing to learn. As part of your role, you may liaise directly with clients as well as fee earners in other teams (including risk and finance teams) to discuss matter administration. You’ll be able to work in an organised and efficient manner to set up client appointments, conference calls and other meetings, as well as also supporting client events as requested.

Ideally, you’ll be working towards a CILEX qualification or a legal secretarial qualification. You must also be able to demonstrate strong administrative, written and numerical skills and be able to work to deadlines, reacting positively to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment. If you are interested in developing your conveyancing skills in a friendly and supportive team, we would love to hear from you and can promise you a bright future.

Irwin Mitchell is unlike any other law firm. Nationally acclaimed, with a strong international capability, we offer a broad range of legal services to national and international organisations and institutions, small and medium-sized businesses and private individuals.

The firm was founded in 1912 by Walter Irwin Mitchell. With a concentration on criminal law, he aimed to provide the highest quality legal services to the general public from his small legal practice in Sheffield.

Today, Irwin Mitchell is the 11th largest law firm in the UK with one of the five largest Private Wealth teams in the country, operating out of 15 UK offices including a consulting office in Middlesbrough.

We currently employ over 2,500 members of staff, including over 1,000 legally trained personnel and have helped over one million clients in our 100 year history.”

In terms of applications, please could you direct the candidates to apply via the website: however if they have any queries, please ask them to contact either Sophie Mawdsley ( or Emma Panton (

Closing date for applications is 27 March 2020.

A2 – Business Events – Lesson 3 – Sources of Information and Event Organisers

Although you may have to organise a business event yourself there are many corporate services available from dedicated event organisers.

Have a look at the following to give you an idea as to the type of service they provide and it will also give you some ideas as to what you should do when organising a business event.

Here you will find some industry led comments on how to organise a business event.

Note there are also exhibitions for Event Organisers – so might be something you would benefit going to if you find you are responsible for organising more and more events.

Do a regular search for such exhibitions so you can see when the next one is coming up.