Update concerning COVID-19 – Distance Learning (home study) courses are still available. Find out more about distance learning at Pitman Training

Update concerning COVID-19 – Distance Learning (home study) courses are still available. Find out more about distance learning at Pitman Training

Katie Webb – Executive P.A. Diploma – Pitman Training Worcester

My name is Katie Webb, I am 29 years old and I am a professional ballerina. I trained at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and upon graduating I joined Scottish Ballet Company, where I performed for 5 years. I was fortunate to perform some of the greatest, renowned ballets during my time with the company such as ‘Nutcracker’, 'Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty'. I then decided to broaden my horizons and joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures company in London. I have been with the company for 6 years now and have had a wonderful career with them touring around the UK and internationally to places such as the USA, Japan, China, Italy, South Korea and many more. I have performed in various productions including Olivier award winning ‘The Red Shoes’, ‘Edward Scissorhands’ and ‘The Car Man’ just to name a few.

Sadly, due to Covid 19, my industry has suffered, and theatres have had to close with shows cancelled or postponed until 2021. In order to be productive and utilise my time most effectively during 2020, I decided to retrain so that at a future date when I retire from dance, I have skills and qualifications to set me up for a second career. I decided to take the Executive PA Diploma through Pitman Training Worcester, consisting of 17 exams. The course has given me invaluable training across a variety of subjects ranging from core office based programmes such as Outlook and Excel through to Audio Transcription and Typaz professional. As I am currently still a professional dancer and will be returning to performing in the New year, this course has been particularly beneficial to me as I am unsure at this stage exactly which sector I want to go into. I was able to choose 4 elective courses that I could cater to my needs which gave me an insight into a variety of potential opportunities. My 4 elective courses I chose were Bookkeeping Transactions & Controls, HR Essentials, Project Management Fundamentals and Medical Terminology. I am so pleased that I achieved a Distinction overall and am a step closer to becoming an Executive P.A.

Due to Covid regulations and managing my dance training alongside, I have been able to do much of the course from home which has been hugely beneficial. The course was extremely well structured and easy to navigate through my student online portal. My course tutor Jazz was extremely helpful and accommodating in each part of my training and was only ever a phone call away if I needed assistance or guidance. Furthermore from

The staff in the Pitman Training Worcester centre were so lovely and welcoming which made for a friendly, working environment. They had excellent Covid measures in place which allowed me to feel comfortable and safe on the occasions I attended the training centre to progress my studies. Pitman Training Worcester has provided me with a large range of courses to enhance my existing skills set and thereby improving my employment opportunities. I would highly recommend the Executive P.A. Diploma through Pitman Training Worcester and am very grateful for the support I have received.

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