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The professional business services department provides courses for those wishing to retrain or develop their career in the professions of accounting, HR, law, management and IT.

We offer a number of training options, either stand-alone or as a suite under the following options:

  • Either at Kendal College
  • Or through workplace delivery (subject to numbers)

Please contact us for further information & costs:

e traininghub@kendal.ac.uk
t 01539 814616

Essential HR Skills

3 days or individual sessions are offered.

  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Onboarding/induction
  • Introduction to employment law & contracts
  • Learning & development of key skills for developing content
  • Performance management

Essential Management Skills

10 days or individual sessions are offered.

  • Time management
  • Management of self
  • Self-awareness
  • Problem-solving
  • Dealing with difficult people/situations
  • Change management
  • Finance for non-finance managers
  • Managing expectations
  • Building relationships
  • Effective delegation
  • Effective Human Resources skills
  • Introduction to coaching and mentoring

Equality & Diversity

1 day.

Coaching & Mentoring for Success

2 days.

  • Introduction level – 2-day key skills
  • ILM Level 5 Management coaching (15 days over 6 months option or Apprenticeship 14-18 months)

NLP Introduction & Unconscious Bias

  • ‘Get what you want without asking’

Finance Skills

Essential for businesses.

  • Bookkeeping
  • Payroll
  • Account software
  • Charity accounting
  • Farm accounting

Essential Business Skills

  • Minute taking
  • Planning and organising
  • Project management
  • IT suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc
  • Time management
  • Effective delegation

Essential Customer Service Skills

  • Assertiveness at work
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Influencing and persuading
  • Managing upwards
  • Presentation skills
  • Personal wellbeing and resilience
  • Managing expectations
  • Effective communication

Essential Digital Media Skills

  • Social media

Accounting bursary.

The AAT has been changing lives for over 40 years, with their practical accounting qualifications that are in demand from employers around the world. Now they’re offering a unique opportunity to change your life too, with all your costs covered.

Find out more on the AAT website.

Meet your tutor

Sinéad Kay

I am a chartered accountant with 12 year’s experience working in practice both in the UK (PwC) and in New Zealand (Ernst & Young). I have worked with many Blue Chip clients including Gap Clothing, Ford Motor Company and Manchester United. I have experience in audit and assurance, but my main area of expertise was corporation tax, including compliance and consultancy, with a specialism in Transfer Pricing. I currently volunteer with small local charities, providing accounting guidance and Independent Examination of accounts.

In 2010 I moved into education, and I have experience teaching across a range of qualifications in Accounting, Business and Economics, including ILM Leadership and Management courses and apprenticeships, AAT professional accounting courses, A levels, Foundation Degree in Business (UCLan) and vocational business courses.

Meet your tutor

Jane Barker

I was employed in the industry in both the public and private sector, including in senior Human Resources roles and in specialist leadership and management roles such as the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager for the University of Cumbria, Organisational Development and responsible for Payroll within a medium-sized public sector body.

I have over 25 years’ experience with Human Resources and Leadership and Management with a professional curiosity in Coaching and Mentoring and Diversity. Moving into teaching over 10 years ago, I have taught level 3, 5 (degree) and 7 (post-graduate) at the University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, Cambridge University and Oxford University.

Meet your tutor

Lesley Postlethwaite

I studied AAT before going on to become a chartered accountant. I have 10 years’ experience of working in accounts in the industry, firstly working for a building company where I covered all aspects of accountancy including the sales and purchase ledgers and credit control. I also dealt with the VAT returns, stage payments and CIS deductions. I then worked for seven years as a Management Accountant for a privately owned Motorway Service Company where I prepared weekly, monthly and ad hoc management accounts, completed the VAT returns and collated the grants for a visitor centre. I also reconciled the control accounts and carried out internal audits throughout the company.

In education, I have 12 years’ experience of teaching AAT Professional accounting courses at Levels 1 to 4. I have also taught Business at BTEC and Foundation Degree (UCLan) levels.

Meet your tutor

Tracey Richardson

I am a chartered accountant with 20 years of experience working in practice at a medium-sized accountancy firm. I have worked with a variety of clients, from large group companies to sole trader accounts and individual tax returns. My specialisms are in charity accounting, including independent examinations, and farm accounts. At the beginning of 2020, I set up my own accountancy business as a sole practitioner, where I prepare accounts, tax returns and provide general business advice for small businesses and individuals.

I began to teach AAT at Kendal College because I wanted to share my knowledge and help others achieve their potential in the accountancy profession.

View our courses

Accounting AAT
Part-time 3 13th Sep 2022 33/34 Weeks

This course will provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills required for progressing either to employment or promotion in an accounting or finance role. This qualification offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy and finance.

Accounting AAT
Part-time 4 15th Sep 2022 47 Weeks

This course builds on the skills that you will have developed in AAT level 3 (or equivalent) and prepare for a career in more senior accounting roles and potentially studying towards the chartered accountancy qualifications.

Bookkeeping AAT
Part-time 2 13th Sep 2022 16 Weeks

This entry-level industry-recognised bookkeeping qualification will give you the skills to become a bookkeeper. Plus, you'll have the option to move onto the full AAT qualification with exemptions when you finish.

Bookkeeping AAT
Part-time 2 13th Sep 2022 16 Weeks

This entry-level industry-recognised bookkeeping qualification will give you the skills to become a bookkeeper. Plus, you'll have the option to move onto the full AAT qualification with exemptions when you finish.

Accounting AAT
Part-time 4 13th Sep 2022 47 Weeks

This course builds on the skills that you will have developed in AAT level 3 (or equivalent) and prepare for a career in more senior accounting roles and potentially studying towards the chartered accountancy qualifications.

People Practice CIPD
Part-time 3 13th Sep 2022 34 Weeks

This is a well-respected professional qualification, which is highly valued by employers. It will help you to develop the business skills and technical knowledge that employers look for in HR professionals. This qualification can boost your promotion prospects or provide retraining route for those looking for a career in the HR industry.

People Management CIPD
Part-time 5 14th Sep 2022 34 Weeks

The Diploma in Human Resource Management is suited to individuals who are embarking on a career in people management; are working in a people practice role and wish to contribute their knowledge and skills to help shape organisational value; are working towards or working in a HR managerial role.

Accounting AAT
Part-time 2 13th Sep 2022 32/33 Weeks

This internationally recognised qualification offers a grounding in the core accounting knowledge and finance skills. It is ideal for those taking their first steps into the industry, those wishing to retrain, and people wanting the theory to underpin some practical experience.