Founded in 2008, Runway Training was born out a need for a more flexible and accessible way for adult learners to gain level 2 English and maths qualifications. Today the Tonbridge based company employs 20 people and offers blended and online learning solutions, as well as a range of professional development courses including AAT, Food Safety and Emergency First Aid.Oliver Trailor, the Managing Director, founded the company. He identified the need for flexible and accessible maths and English provision whilst he was working at a local Further Education college. Having discussed a potential solution with a local Headmaster, who was becoming frustrated at constantly releasing staff for a whole day, the concept of offering an online course was developed.
“During the early days I used to just work on a laptop and had no fixed office. A day’s work consisted of travelling around various employers to visit learners and then making use of free Wi-Fi at local cafes to complete admin and check e-mails”
Oliver has significantly grown the business and in 2013, launched Runway Apprenticeships, which delivers high quality apprenticeships across the Hospitality & Catering, Accountancy, Business Administration, Customer Service and Health & Social Care sectors.
“We are very proud of our apprenticeship division and the high success rates of those apprentices gaining long term employment following completion of their programme. Our aim is to listen to employers and provide the very best service that meets the needs of their business, rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach”.
Having helped thousands of learners achieve nationally recognised qualifications, Runway Training have learners all over the country and even some overseas. Oliver’s dedication to the business and his entrepreneurial spirit has earned him successful nominations for a range of awards including the upcoming 2016 Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Young Person in Business Award.
Oliver’s plans for the future are to continue to grow Runway’s range of apprenticeship programmes and to develop online English and maths GCSE support.