Why Choose Ken Bate Associates

Strength Through Co-Operation


With a long history and significant experience in the development of work based learning programmes we have helped many major brands improve their front lines and develop their staff across a variety of occupations within the Logistics and Aviation industries; we specialize in vocational qualifications (NVQs) that meet the needs of key functions within our industry. With more than 25 years of experience in the sector and adult education; Apprenticeships and employability programs. We have developed some of the best tools in the trade to help you improve your business. Why KBA? Because we believe “strength comes from cooperation.” Let’s work together!

Employees / Learners

We welcome learners of all ages and backgrounds and offer a supportive, inclusive environment for those returning to education. Our NVQs and short courses cover all sector areas. Whether you are looking to enhance your employability or career development, gain a professional qualification in the field you work in, retrain for an entirely new job, or even just to learn a new skill; we can help! Our NVQs are delivered in your workplace, no need to travel off site – we come to you, our courses are flexible and fit around your job and family commitments. Our short course offerings are online allowing you even greater flexibility to study and achieve.



Our NVQs are normally fully funded or partially funded at 50% of cost (co-funded)

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Our team of consultants have decades of experience within the Further Education sector and can use their skills and knowledge to assist you with research; projects; interim solutions; bids and tenders.

Examples of consultancy projects include:

  • Long term support and quality improvement for a large college groups Apprenticeship and AEB provision
  • Extensive research and support a regional provider networks proposal for the skills gateway catalogue of provision
  • Significant support 5 sub-regional provider networks response to Apprenticeship reform
  • Major support  for the Apprenticeship Levy consultation for a regional provider network
  • Facilitating workshops for DWP community learning and sector based work academies
  • Working with the senior management team of a large college group  to research, plan; develop and resource a logistics academy
  • Working with the REED NCFE Partnership and SET college network on the MINDSET student employability toolkit

“It is the long history of human kind (and animal kind, too) that those who collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”

Charles Darwin

Read our Testimonials

KBA Ltd is currently supporting the activity of Manchester Airport Academy and our Employer Ownership of Skills project. The KBA team has been flexible in meeting the demands of MAG and our service partners. The regular progress reporting is excellent and accurate. The service in supporting business and learner needs  and the appreciation of high standards of customer service that we receive.

Wendy Sinfeld Community Relations Manager Manchester Airport

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From an operational perspective, Ken and his team have made the whole process seamless. This has been evident in the increase in voluntary candidates from the original role out. Ken liaised mostly through our Admin directly and was flexible to accommodate all rosters.

Dominic Sagar. Airfield Security Operations Manager, Manchester Airport

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The NVQ training was delivered in a very unobtrusive way. Companions appreciated the extra time and support offered to those with additional needs. As a result everyone responded positively to the project. The portfolios Companions completed will be an asset to those who wish to move on into paid employment.

Gina Morrison, Retail and Operations Manger, Emmaus Leeds

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Having just passed my C+E driving license with KBA Ltd. I wanted to say thank you for the support and assistance. Brian Saxon ( my coach ) was superb, he had the patience of a saint and had a great appreciation of my need to balance the day job with my training. I would thoroughly recommend Brian and the KBA team to anyone.

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

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Having worked with other training providers, your delivery and your course materials are far more suitable for the people we support, most of whom have been turned off education previously The assessments and work books supporting all levels of learning  you provide ensure that learning can be recognised. I look forward to continuing with KBA and look forward to developing a Team Leader Qualification in the near future for our key Companions who we are encouraging to develop our skills in the outside world.

Stephen Buchanan  Director,  Emmaus Preston & Emmaus Burnley

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