Business and partnerships - Tonbridge Centre

The University is committed to supporting organisations across a range of sectors, from SMEs to multinational businesses, to develop and grow. Staff at the Tonbridge Centre can introduce you to the relevant teams across the University in the UK and Europe for bespoke training, networking opportunities, consultancy advice, and access to ambitious and committed students who are keen to work with you.

Personal development training

The Tonbridge Centre focuses on in-house training through courses carefully created to support professionals in developing their skills and enhancing their careers. They are taught by highly qualified academics and trainers who are experts in their field.

We can deliver courses at your premises or host your delegates at Kent’s UK locations at our Tonbridge Centre, Medway or Canterbury.


Business Skills

Communicate with Confidence: one-day workshop, 10am-5pm (6 hrs teaching)
Learn how to communicate clearly in challenging situations. The workshop includes group work and self-reflection activities, and uses various techniques to enable constructive conversation.

Train the Trainer: two-day workshop, 10am-5pm (12 hrs teaching)
Gain the skills to plan and facilitate an engaging training course using different methods. Design a training plan with appropriate resources, learn how to assess learning and offer feedback to delegates.

Presentation Skills: one-day workshop, 10am-5pm (6 hrs teaching)
Improve your ability to plan, design and deliver presentations in a confident and engaging manner. Learn how to set objectives, project your voice, identify your delivery style and explore how your audience listens.

The course fee will include delivery at an organisation's premises for between 6 to 12 participants.


Contact Esther van Hout if you would like more information about course content and fees.

Seminar leader giving a presentation

The course helped me to understand how to deal with difficult situations, these are skills I will use at work and throughout my studies.

Student, Communicate with Confidence course

Writing Skills

Sharpen your Business Writing Skills: three-hour workshop
This practical course enables individuals to write clearly, concisely and effectively. It develops the skills necessary for confident and professional communicators within your business.

Writing for the Web: three-hour workshop
A practical and lively workshop for any business that wants their website to work harder for them. Look at how websites grab and keep people’s attention through content, language and tone, and gain the tools to transform your site.

Writing for Wellbeing: one-day workshop, 10am-5pm (6 hrs teaching)
Based on Journal to the Self©, created by Kathleen Adams, this course teaches you how to support your personal growth, life management and creativity through writing.

The course fee will include delivery at an organisation's premises for between 6 to 10 participants.


Contact Esther van Hout if you would like more information about course content and fees.

Close-up picture of handwriting in a journal

The tutor was very engaging and gave great examples, it has helped me assess and improve my writing style.

Student, Sharpen your Business Writing Skills course

Help to grow your business

Student projects: Kent students can share their enthusiasm and creative thinking with your business. They can work individually or in groups, short-term or over a year, and many complete a final year project for in-depth work opportunities.

Recruitment support: Our Careers and Employability Centre offers a range of services for employers including free graduate vacancy advertising and careers fairs at Canterbury and Medway.

Benefits of working with our students
• Students offer a range of technical and non-technical skills
• Assessing students prior to graduation is an effective way to recruit graduates
• Students bring new ideas and ways of working

Contact Esther van Hout if you would like to discuss an opportunity for a Kent student.

Businessmen looking at paperwork

My team members were impressed by the enthusiasm and professionalism of the students and it was very satisfying to see their growth in confidence in the workplace.

Wendy Wood, Manager at the West Kent Partnership