Kent Association of Training Organisations

Train, Learn, Earn . . .

About us

The Kent Association of Training Organisations (KATO) represents the major Training Providers in Kent and Medway. It supports the interests of over 60-member organisations who deliver a variety of training programmes, including Apprenticeships, bespoke training and business training.

As a network organisation, KATO:

  • Provides support and information for members, seeks funding opportunities and works collaboratively with members to develop their businesses.
  • Represents its members with AELP, Skills Advisory Group (SELEP) and works in partnership with Kent County Council and Medway Council.
  • Works closely with The Education Training Foundation, The Education and Skills Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service to support the national government agenda. KATO also has strong partnerships with JCP, CXK and National Careers Service and district and borough councils through the county.
  • Works closely with The Education Training Foundation, The Education and Skills Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service to support the national government agenda. KATO also has strong partnerships with JCP, CXK and National Careers Service and district and borough councils through the county.
  • Provide schools, their staff, students and parents with accurate and impartial information and guidance on the apprenticeship routes available within Kent and Medway. To promote members vacancies and offers in advance to allow for applications.
  • Facilitates workshops and peer review development groups to maintain training quality standards to meet OFSTED requirements.
  • Works closely with schools to promote Apprenticeships and training with employment opportunities in line with raising the participation
  • Promotes workplace learning opportunities to employers throughout the county.
  • Promote the offers of providers directly to partners, schools, members and learners to support members to deliver provision effectively.
  • Works to support the 16 – 28 youth unemployment agenda.
  • Support adults into education, training and employment through the progression support.

Working in partnership with the Employer & Skills Network

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Supporting local employers’ recruitment through arranging, work experience and work trails for potential candidates.

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Building relationships with employers to tailor training and skills to employers and employment needs within a local area.

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Developing knowledge of local labour market information and its seasonal cycles.

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Delivering the Launch Into brand (tested through TMSE and Launch Pad Swale) which covers priority sectors in local areas and particularly employers looking to recruit.

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Growing young people’s understanding of the workplace by arranging work tasters and work experience

Reasons to join KATO

KATO can provide this through:

Bi-monthly member meetings

 with representation from Local Authority, ESFA/ESF, SELEP, AELP, JCP and the National Careers Service and other key stakeholders.

Joint Marketing activity

 and promotional events in schools, careers fairs and employer engagement events

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Representation

of Work Based Learning Providers at Strategic Meetings, Forums and Committees, at local, regional and national levels.

Access

to funding opportunities through partnership and consortia delivery

Sharing

of information and good practice throughout the network

Regular workshops

 and training events at substantially reduced costs on topics relevant to your business

Media

Frequent press coverage

kato-training.org

Website with Member Pages

KATO support for member organisation - Employer Engagement and Impartial Apprenticeship Advice

Engage with Kent and Medway employers to access high quality information and support to offer an apprentice vacancy for members through:

  • Engaging with partners to follow up leads from employers directly to support with the identification of potential apprenticeship standards and frameworks.
  • Follow-up and engage with direct requests from employers that have a vacancy and identify apprenticeship route and link these to both KATO members to provide the training and assessment requirements.
  • Collaborate with Locate in Kent staff to meet their requests for an apprenticeship needs and communicate and engage members to deliver these needs through the non-levy funding.
  • Actively seek opportunities through partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
  • To actively engage with new employers and employers that have disengaged from the apprenticeship route.
  • Focus on SME employers, though not to restrict the engagement of levy paying employers that are prepared to devolve their levy pot of funding.

What KATO will offer:

  • Offer an impartial service which engages, informs and supports employers access the apprenticeship route to upskill and develop the local labour market.
  • Two members of staff to engage and meet with local employers providing information on the offer from Medway Council.
  • Engage with business groups and partnerships to promote the apprenticeship brand and inform on the benefits of taking an apprentice for specific and generic apprenticeships.
  • Support employers understanding of standards and frameworks and which one best meets their needs.
  • Align to the Kent and Medway priority sectors: Manufacturing & Engineering, Construction, Creative and Cultural, IT & Digital, Health & Social Care.
  • Support the employer with capturing and recording requirements and submitting these to Medway Council contact. Measured through a monthly report on progress and outcomes.
  • Alignment to the relevant higher education institutions based in Kent and Medway that offer both higher and degree apprenticeships that can be accessed by residents and employers.

Outcomes/Outputs:

  • Employers understand the apprenticeship offer and the benefits to their organisation and workforce development.
  • Source and link the relevant training provider that can offer the relevant apprenticeship framework or standard to the employer. To encourage the provider to offer the relevant opportunity to Kent and Medway residents, schools and institutions of learning.
  • Strong links to the existing Careers and Enterprise Coordinator for Kent and Medway, to reduce duplication and offer a wraparound service to employers based within Kent and Medway.
  • School staff briefed and aware of the Apprenticeship progression for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.
  • Apprenticeship – Intermediate, Advanced, Higher and Degree workshops delivered to over 70 Schools across Kent and Medway.
  • Creating an environment where employers can support apprentices through to achievement.

What you get when you become a member of KATO

Full Membership

Access to KATO private members area on website

Weekly updates – newsletter capturing all news and information stored within the KATO members area (only urgent emails will be sent outside of the weekly update)

Journey to Outstanding – materials and resources (links to Excellence Gateway) within the members area

Access to employers requiring apprenticeship starts

Promotion of your training and skills offer on the Employer and Skills Network website (completion of the Letting Us Know)

Promoting provider services and CPD training to both Full Members and Associate Members

Updates to employers on what training and development you offer (subject to GDPR requirements)

Access to CPD events (1 x free and reduced rate for further)

Discount on membership to AELP

Attendance for 2/3 staff to attend the 6 KATO Network Meetings and opportunity to network and present

Inclusion in future projects (ESN) KATO successfully bids

Support with introductions to other providers for funding opportunities

Included in Spotlight KATO website

Access to ESN employers offering work experience (to be agreed with employers)

Associate Membership

Access to submission of funding for Talent Match South East (Hub Proposals)

Promoting provider services and CPD training to both Full Members and Associate Members

Updates to employers on what training and development available in Kent (subject to GDPR requirements)

Access to CPD events (1 free and further full price)

Attendance for 2/3 staff to attend the 6 KATO Network Meetings and opportunity to network and present

Inclusion in future projects ESN/KATO successfully bids

Support with introductions to other providers for funding opportunities

Included in Spotlight KATO website

Full Membership

  • Directly funded provider – £475.00
  • Sub-contractor only – £425.00
  • Charity and non-for profit – £400.00

Associate Membership

  • Awarding Body – £475.00
  • Local Authority Organisation £475.00
  • University (HE & FE delivery) – £475.00
  • Other (employer bodies) – £475.00

Become a KATO Member now!

Kent Association of Training Organisations

Room C2-03, University Centre Maidstone (UCM), MidKent College Maidstone Campus,
Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8AQ