PTP hopes to lift top training trophy at Midlands’ largest business awards

Midlands’ training group Performance Through People (PTP) has been short-listed for a prized accolade in the region’s largest business awards.

PTP, part of the BCTG group, is hoping to pick up the trophy for Excellence in Training & Education in the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’s awards.

A record 92 businesses will be chasing excellence at the awards ceremony which will follow the Chamber’s annual dinner at the International Convention Centre on Friday 4 March.

PTP is up against Birmingham City University, BMet College, Burton and South Derbyshire College, In-Comm Training and Business Services, Open College Network West Midlands, the School of Code and the University of Birmingham for the training trophy.

Rob Colbourne, managing director of PTP, said: “We’re very proud to have been short-listed in these awards alongside so many high profile and well-respected universities, colleges and other training providers.

“At PTP, our specialism is working with Local Enterprise Partnerships, Chamber of Commerce and other representative bodies to ensure we understand and meet the business and employment skills needed both locally and regionally.

“Our offer includes apprenticeships from Level 2 to level 7 across many occupational sectors including engineering, manufacturing, retail, travel, warehousing, dental nursing and health and social care.

“We continue to expand our offer based on employer needs such as leather, welding, butchery and regulatory compliance.

“We provide a variety of training programmes supporting unemployed people to learn new skills and return to work, a broad suite of commercially funded courses in IT, health and safety, management development and basic business-related topics.

“We also support schools by delivering advice and guidance sessions to students and mock interviews either online or face to face.”

Mr Colborne explained that PTP and the BCTG Group was continuously tendering for new contracts and had recently been awarded two bootcamp training skills programmes worth £1.5 million.

It has also secured a sector-based work academy programme (SWAPS) helping unemployed people to reskill and secure jobs worth £3 million per year for the next three years.

He added: “Our achievement rates for over 1,500 apprentices a year are continuously above the national average, resulting in multiple awards in the training sector.

The Chamber’s awards will see the local business community gathering in person for the first time for two years.

Katrina Cooke, the Chamber’s chief commercial officer who chaired the judging panels, said: “The standard of entries was again high with a huge number of the companies taking the time to complete entries.”

The shortlisted businesses will go head-to-head to claim one of 12 sector awards, before finding out who will be crowned as the overall Business of the Year.

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Note to editors:

PTP Training Ltd is part of the BCTG Group, a West Midlands-based training organisation which supports almost 10,000 young people and adults each year.

The group has ten sites in Birmingham, the Black Country, Staffordshire and Newcastle-under-Lyme, and also includes The Apprenticeship Works, BCTG Ltd, Eurosource Solutions and Further Training.

Overall, the group offers 166 different types of apprenticeship, 84 different adult upskilling and reskilling courses and 27 pre-apprenticeship programmes for 16 to 18-year-olds. These include everything from healthcare and early years care to construction, engineering, manufacturing and logistics, through to business skills in IT, management and team leading.