PTP Training lifts two trophies in top national apprenticeship awards

Midlands-based PTP Training, which trades as Performance Through People, has won two major categories in a prestigious national apprenticeship awards programme.

PTP Training, which runs hundreds of apprenticeship contracts for young people at employers across the region, is celebrating after its success in the AAC National Apprenticeship Awards 2021.

Rob Colbourne, managing director of PTP Training, picked up the ‘Individual’ trophy for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Apprenticeships, and the organisation was also named Provider of the Year in the Transport & Logistics category.

Carolyn Stokes is operations director at PTP Training, which is part of the BCTG Group, an organisation which supports almost 10,000 young people and adults each year.

Ms Stokes said: “We’re thrilled that the dedicated leadership of Rob and the skilled experience of the wider PTP team has been recognised in these awards.

“Rob has worked tirelessly for the sector for over 25 years, and he’s determined to provide a level playing field for all providers, whether they are in FE, the community or an independent.

“Rob doesn’t just ‘talk the talk’ he ‘walks the walk’, with two of his own children having completed apprenticeships, choosing this over academic routes, with a third about to embark on this path.

“Rob has historically chaired the West Midlands Training Provider Network Group, engaging stakeholders to develop the market for apprenticeships and skills.

“And he originally launched The Ladder campaign that has developed across the Midlands, which has since created over 4,000 apprenticeship enrolments in the region.”

On the Transport & Logistics award, Ms Stokes added: “This is the second year running that we’ve won this award, which reflects our apprentices’ outstanding results with a 100% pass rate, 57% achieving a ‘Distinction’ and 97% progressing into permanent employment.”

The AAC Apprenticeship Awards were established in 2017 as a joint project to celebrate excellence in the UK’s apprenticeship delivery, backed by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP).

Jane Hickie, chief executive of AELP, said: “This year’s award winners are truly exceptional and have all been beacons of best practice throughout the pandemic.

“Means of training delivery have had to change, often with limited or no additional funding support, and yet we have a new generation of apprentices stepping into the skilled vacancies that employers are keen to fill.”

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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.