• The team at Ken Bate Associates Limited is currently supporting the activity of Manchester Airport Academy and our Employer Ownership of Skills project. They are delivering Adult Apprenticeship and higher level qualifications in a number of strategic areas of operation; feedback from staff is very positive regarding the high quality of teaching, training and assessment interventions. Kens team has been flexible to meet the demands of MAG and our service partners, working around the shift patterns to ensure that staff are supported through their NVQ’s and Diploma’s. We have found the regular progress reporting accurate and supportive of business and learner needs and appreciate the high standards of customer service that we receive.

    Wendy Sinfield, Community Relations Manager Manchester Airport

  • Ken Bate Associates have supported Thomas Cook Airlines in the delivery of NVQs Level 2 in Customer Service and Level 3 in Management. This was as part of a new scheme to support our Cabin Crew wishing to progress their learning and qualifications. Ken and his team have provided invaluable information and support, providing time to come in and talk to us about the qualifications, funding and recent Government developments regarding NVQs.They are always able to answer any concerns, and respond very quickly to any queries. I highly recommend Ken Bate Associates as a delivery partner and look forward to progressing other options with them in the near future.

    Brian Leslie-Willetts, HR Advisor GMO & Ground – (GAS Learning and Development)

  • In Autumn 2014 the Skills Gateway (a partnership between GM Chamber and GMLN) engaged Ken Bate Associates Limited to conduct a substantive piece of research into the quality of training provision delivered within the Greater Manchester Area.
    The approach took data from the Skills funding Agency CSR, Ofsted reports and other published sources of data to determine the quality of provision across SSA’s allowing the Skills Gateway to provide a positive service to employer enquiries for Apprenticeship delivery. Ken provided a professional and responsive service against tight deadlines and complex data demands. The resulting data has provided a working legacy to GM Chamber which supports GM LEP’s skills agenda.

    Helen Rose, Skills Gateway Service Manager

  • In early summer 2014 North West Provider Network decided to respond to government’s apprenticeship reform consultation but knowing that government was more likely to listen to employer’s views we set out to both encourage employer awareness of the proposed reforms and to encourage them to respond directly. We asked Ken to directly support us . Working through each of our 5 north west sub regional networks he developed briefing , logged responses , provided a help line and drafted our regional response . Our approach was very success with over 450 employers responding meaning that around 50% of the national responses came form the north west making government think again about a number of their proposals . Ken played a key role earning respect from colleagues across the region . His calm and thorough approach was much appreciated and nothing was too much trouble, including working at weekends when needed.

    Paul Holme, Regional Chair of the North West Provider Network

  • Stockport College continues to engage Ken Bate Associates having employed their services for eighteen months to date. The team has supported the College by providing interim management support for work based learning, apprenticeships and employability provision. During this time, they provided support in preparation for Ofsted, reacting quickly and offering highly qualified and experienced associates who have provided excellent specialist support, which was invaluable in helping us to achieving Key Performance Indicators. The feedback from learners, staff, employers and stakeholders was very positive, which in turn improved success rates, teaching, learning and assessment observation grades and levels of learner satisfaction. As lead interim, Ken provided excellent support to the College, settled in really quickly and at no stage did it feel like we had an interim manager. He shared our commitment and values of delivering the very best learning experience to all our learners.
    We have been very happy overall with the service provided by Ken Bate Associates and would be very happy to recommend them to any college looking for the type of support services they provide.

    Debbie Fennell, Director, Employer Engagement and Marketing

  • The GMLPN has worked with Ken on a number of occasions over the past 5 years, most notably on coordinating activity across the North-West to respond to the Apprenticeship Levy consultation and establishing procedures for the Greater Manchester Skills Gateway Catalogue of provision. We have always found Ken to be helpful and able to listen and respond to our requirements. As such, Ken Bate Associates is now an active Associate Member of the GMLPN.

    Richard Nash, Business Development and Network Manager, Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network

  • Having driven as part of my role for 20 years I felt that I was a fairly competent and safe driver.
    Ken Bate Associates trainer Brian Saxon showed me a whole new way of driving defensively and safely as part of my HGV training.
    Through his supporting style I passed my test and learned a huge amount to help me in my every day journeys.
    I also found a new respect for those who drive every day as part of their job.

    Sam Whittaker, Director Customer Service and Operations – Mercedes-Benz and Fuso Trucks

  • Having just passed my C+E driving licence with Ken’s organisation, I wanted to say thank you for the support and assistance. Brian Saxon (my coach) was superb. The patience of a saint and appreciated that I had to balance the day job with my training. I would thoroughly recommend Brian to anyone and my direct team are all booking up now!

    Vincente Connolly, Director National Sales at Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd