Runway Training are a specialist provider of online Functional Skills and Leadership & Management training.

  • University of Cambridge
  • Vision Express
  • Reed
  • Youngs

Our Mission

Supporting both learners and employers, Runway Training are a specialist provider of Maths & English Functional Skills qualifications, Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Certified Short Courses and Soft Skills. Runway Training consistently achieves a high level of apprenticeship completion and fantastic learner results.

About us

Originally established to provide a unique learner provision of adult numeracy and literacy, Runway Training have increased their offer of learner opportunities to incorporate Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Certified Short Courses and Soft Skills. To date, we have helped over 8000 learners achieve nationally recognised qualifications.

Our team of highly skilled, passionate assessors and trainers support learners of all levels and abilities to achieve their goals. A collective wealth of industry knowledge and a unique blend of paper based and online learning, Runway Training aim to cater for each and every individual. We do not believe that ‘one size fits all’.

Working with companies nationwide, Runway Training enjoys much success in providing employees with the training they need to support progression in the workplace.

Runway Training Objectives

  • To provide a high quality service that meets learners’ and employers’ needs
  • To provide effective advice and guidance to both learners and employers
  • To provide the most flexible solutions that match the needs of the employer
  • To provide qualifications that enhance the learners’ skills and benefit the employer

Our testimonials

30,000+ learners trust Runway Training to boost their careers

  • Very informative and enjoyable.

    Very informative and enjoyable. Well presented by Alison and well supported by Seb. Thank You!

    A. Dawkins

    Consultant
  • It's extremely knowledgeable

    Overall I enjoyed the course and found it extremely knowledgeable and tutorials were easy to follow. The tutor gave excellent feedback with prompt replies.

    Z. Jane

    Senior Graphic Designer.
  • Great to work around a full-time job

    This was great to work around a full-time job as [I] could select as and when to watch the videos and complete the tasks.

    C.Slater

    Team Leader
  • I would highly recommended it to anyone

    I loved the quality of the video as well as the knowledge of the tutor. I am planing to attend more online training run by Runway Training and I would highly recommended it to anyone who wants to improve their skills sets.

    S.W.

    Aspiring Manager.
  • Many thanks Runway training

    I have gained much knowledge from this course. It is the first time I have accessed training virtually and everything was easy to follow with clear instructions for which questionnaire to complete, video to watch or attachments to read. In particularly I found the personality traits and what motivates others and may demotivate another. I will take this learning with me onto the next stage of my career.

    Rachel

    ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership & Management
  • Thanks for your support during my apprenticeship.

    I will like to show a big appreciation to Zoe Harrison for her support during my apprenticeship to guide me to get not only to pass but to achieve a distinction. She has been very dedicated and supportive during the time that I have known her whilst on the apprenticeship. Zoe has been a source of encouragement to me during times when I questioned whether the apprenticeship was for me and considered dropping out. I just wanted you to know that I believe that Zoe is extremely competent as an apprentice tutor and knows her craft. I believe that she is a valued asset to your organisation and under her guidance many apprentices will succeed. Many thanks

    Runway Training Student

  • We are extremely impressed with the quality

    Pepenbury is a charity that provides high quality care and support for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs.  We train our staff with the necessary skills in order for us to provide the best possible care and management in both Care and non-Care focused roles within the organisation. We have worked with Runway Training over the past year and are extremely impressed with the quality of the training, support and resources provided including the knowledge and expertise of all the staff that we have had the pleasure of working alongside. As an employer, Runway Training have provided us with the flexibility to up skill our staff across various departments including Care (both Residential and Domiciliary) through Health and Social Care programmes but also through Retail Management and Business Administration qualifications.  All staff have been trained to an extremely high standard and Runway Training have worked collaboratively with us, the employer, to support staff through all aspects of their training. Their breadth of knowledge and quality of provision make Runway Training a leader in their industry and it is clear to see how they have achieved all of their current and past accolades.  Their staff are all expert in their fields and it is evident that they pride themselves on professional conduct, which as a result provides highly knowledgeable and up skilled staff for our organisation; we cannot recommend Runway Training highly enough.

    Lisa Mitchell

    Pepenbury, Kent
    Pepenbury, Kent
  • I had a fantastic learning experience

    I would like to say that I had a fantastic learning experience with the company, I found you very professional at all times, great communication throughout and very supportive. The on-line maths formative assessments where very good and helped me be successful. You were able to get me through the exam in time and I was pleased to receive my certificate when I returned from our holiday, so well done I would certainly recommend you to others.

    Mike Rooksby

    Runway Direct Learner, Bristol
  • I really enjoyed the course

    I really enjoyed the course and recapped over somethings that I had already learnt and learned many new things. I also liked that Maureen allowed me to take the lungs out of the Sams (Resusci-Doll). Thank you!!

    Christin Weatherburn

    Emergency First Aid at Work, Orchard Hill Partnership, Surrey
  • Very good, fun and informative.

    Visual information, activities, group work all excellent. I feel like I gained knowledge and I'm sure I will use it in the future.

    T. Champion

    Emergency First Aid at Work, Homeless Care, Maidstone
  • I am really pleased

    Thank you for all your support and patience, I would not have been able to get through it without you.

    Julian Tudor

    Business and Administration Apprentice, Porchlight, Canterbury
  • I really enjoyed the course.

    Learning was made fun and very interesting and helpful for my job and home life. Yvonne was great. Thank you

    E. Barnes

    Emergency First Aid at Work, St Martins School, Tunbridge Wells

Our People

Our Leadership
Team

Oliver Trailor
Oliver Trailor
Managing Director

Multi award-winning entrepreneur, who founded the company in 2008, Oliver has a keen interest in Functional Skills and identified the lack of flexible learning opportunities leading to the company being formed. Today he oversees Runway’s extensive portfolio and continues to innovate, most recently developing the Runway Direct service which offers distance learning across the UK.

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Samantha Marquez
Samantha Marquez
Head of Apprenticeships

Having started our apprenticeship provision in 2012 Sam has grown this area of Runway to now offer a range of frameworks and standards from level 2 to level 5. She is responsible for managing our team of assessors and trainers, employer engagement and ensuring that our provision is of the highest quality. In recognition of our quality standards we received Northbrook College’s Partner of The Year Award in 2015.

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Ben March
Ben March
Head of Operations and Major Projects

Having joined Runway following a career in the banking sector Ben has filled the role of tutor, trainer, IQA, schools liaison officer and mentor. Currently responsible for fostering and managing partnerships he is well known to both our local employers and schools.

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Thomas Harrison
Thomas Harrison
Head of Resources

With over 20 years’ experience in office and finance operations Thomas is responsible for managing the finances and ensuring the office runs smoothly, dealing with learner and employer payments, managing human resources and supporting the delivery team. Thomas also oversees Runway Direct and coordinates activity across the UK.

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Elaine Highwood
Elaine Highwood
Quality Manager

Elaine has an extensive background in training and skills, having previously worked as an assessor, IQA and Quality Coordinator. Joining Runway in 2014 she is responsible for the quality of our provision and liaises with Awarding Organisations, funding partners and provider networks. Elaine also oversees our internal programme of CPD and staff development.

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Leanne Selway
Leanne Selway
Special Projects Manager | ALN Coordinator

A highly experienced Functional Skills tutor, Leanne knows exactly what it takes to boost learners’ confidence and develop their skills, having been on the front line since 2013. With a passion for inclusivity and a desire to help those with additional learning needs, Leanne co-ordinates Runway’s ALN provision and ensures that learners get the support they need in order to achieve their goals.

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Dawn Wills
Dawn Wills
Safeguarding Officer | Apprenticeship Teacher

With over 30 years experience in the care sector, Dawn works with learners to achieve their Residential Childcare and Health and Social Care qualifications. Dawn is also a safeguarding trainer for Kent Safeguarding Children’s Board and Runway’s Safeguarding Officer.

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Our People

our governors

Chris Goulding
Chris Goulding
Managing Director of Vista HR Solutions (FCIPD/MBA)

Chris has previously worked as HR Director for 2 Trusts, Local Authorities and also in the private sector bringing over 25 years of HR experience to the table. Currently as project manager working with 4 NHS Trusts in London on Collaboration projects; examples include the formation and running of a shared staffing service and the set up of a recruitment hub. Chris believes that the biggest investment most employers make is through their people. He has been assisting local employers in Kent to address their people issues and putting in place user friendly policies and practices that enable business success. Living in Tunbridge Wells, married with 4 daughters and one grandson. A huge rugby fan and a season ticket holder with Northampton Saints he also enjoys swimming.

Katie Dougal
Katie Dougal
Official at the Department for Education, based in Westminster.

In her current role, she has experience of leadership and management in a high pressure environment. She creates processes to ensure targets are met and actively applies continuous improvement strategies to ensure effective operations. Prior to this, Katie was a teacher. She has taught English literature in a secondary Academy, English as a Foreign Language to refugees in Canterbury and functional skills to young NEETs across Kent. Her broad and varied teaching experience means she is aware of a range of educational issues and policies and is always exploring new alternative ways to improve educational outcomes in Kent. As a primary school govenor, she is aware of the responsibilities that come with the role and is looking forward to applying herself in a different setting.

Chris Brown
Chris Brown
Associate in a Chartered Accountants practice in Epsom, Surrey.

In his role he has experience in working alongside and assisting a range of companies in developing and growing their businesses. Guiding them along the way dealing with all compliance and regulatory issues, Chris has an eye for detail and for producing timely and effective information, enabling management to make informed decisions as soon as possible. He also has a keen interest in governance and risk management – ensuring suitable steps are taken to ensure risks are managed and strategic plans are put in place wherever possible. Outside of work Chris is a trustee for a local charity supporting young children and their educational development. He also enjoys playing golf and cricket – whenever the weather and time permits!

We are supporting young people

Work with Schools/6th Forms

Runway Training are an Apprenticeship and Traineeship training provider, supporting young people to find the right opportunity for them. We pride ourselves in matching the right person with the right opportunity, and on our ongoing training and support.

Runway Training work alongside many Schools, Academies and Sixth Forms supporting with careers events and fairs, providing group workshops or 1-2-1 support in many different areas:

  • IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) Services
  • Workshops and Interactive Presentations
  • Bespoke Training and Resource Solutions

Runway Training deliver Workshops and Interactive Presentations in:

  • Business and Customer Awareness
  • Problem Solving at Work
  • CV Writing, Interview Skills & Job Application Skills
  • Working in a Team & Communication
  • Understanding Personal Finance
  • Managing Your Time & Being Managed by Others
  • Being Safe and Healthy at work
  • Presenting Yourself for Work
  • ICT for Employment

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We are supporting young people Work with Schools/6th Forms

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Information, Advice & Guidance

Need help? Information, Advice & Guidance

Whether you are finishing your education, part way through your studies, considering new training options or looking for a new career, Runway Training have a team of trained staff in Information, Advice & Guidance ready to talk to and provide free, confidential, impartial support in all aspects of your future progression and development to help you to make well informed decisions.

We can offer one-to-one meetings, on-going support and online and paper based resources to aid your decision making in career development, study options and financial support for your training.

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Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1BE
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