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

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

Over 30,000+ members trust Runway Training to power up their careers

Our People

Our Leadership

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 Elliott
Samantha Elliott
Apprenticeships Manager

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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Thomas Harrison
Thomas Harrison
Finance and Office Manager

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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Clare Webb
Clare Webb
Business Development Manager

An experienced Sales Professional, Clare has been in Education and Training for 7 years and joined Runway in 2016. Clare has a wealth of knowledge on funding streams, sector specific qualifications and compliance training. Responsible for employer training needs analysis, account management and creating bespoke packages, Clare ensures that our portfolio meets the needs of our employer base regardless of size.

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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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Ben March
Ben March
Head of Operation 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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Dawn Wills
Dawn Wills
Safeguarding Officer, Assessor, Tutor

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

Meet 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
  • Communication
  • CV Writing
  • Interview Skills
  • Working in a Team
  • Understanding Personal Finance
  • Managing Your Time
  • Being Managed by Others
  • Being Safe and Healthy at work
  • Job Application Skills
  • Presenting Yourself for Work
  • ICT for Employment
We are supporting young people Work with Schools/6th Forms

Need help?

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.

For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact Runway Training HERE.



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Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1BE
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