Top Midlands training company Performance Through People (PTP) is celebrating the graduation of 20 of its apprentices based at employers across the Midlands.
The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent apprenticeship graduation ceremony took place at the County Showground, Stafford, organised by Staffordshire County Council.
PTP, part of the BCTG Group, has supported the graduation every year since its launch in the mid-2010s, except for 2020 when the event was postponed because of Covid-19.
Rob Colbourne, chief executive of PTP, said: “We’re so proud of all our hard-working apprentices who all fully deserve celebrating their qualifications and graduations.
“I firmly believe in the value of apprenticeships, which can often find people successful jobs as quick, if not quicker, than graduating with degrees.
“As a result, it’s important to recognise the importance of apprenticeships, and we were delighted to take part in this celebratory event.”
One of the graduates was Ewelina Luszcz, a contracts, energy and utilities officer in the facilities and estates department at the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in Stafford (MPFT NHS Trust), who qualified in business administration.
Ewelina, aged 38, originally from Poland but now living in Stafford, said: “I’m very pleased with my apprenticeship and Julie Walsh, my PTP tutor, was even replying to questions during weekends.
“I have broadened my knowledge significantly, conducted my first quality audit, and learned how to maintain better relations with internal and external stakeholders.”
Another graduate was Natalie Shillito, a strategy and commissioning officer also in the facilities and estates department at the MPFT NHS Trust, who qualified in Level 4 Business Administration.
Natalie, aged 33, from Rugeley, said: “Julie Walsh at PTP was an excellent tutor, always available if needed, and enrolling on this course helped me to progress into my current role whilst on the course.”
Also graduating was Jack Sears, a project professional on the Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV) Programme with Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land in Telford.
Jack, aged 22, from Cannock, said: “My experience with PTP was really enjoyable – I was well supported by PTP and felt that I could apply the training I received right away in my day job.
“PTP developed me professionally and improved my skills considerably, which was highlighted by me being awarded UK Business Apprentice of the Year 2021 by Make UK.”
PTP’s full list of apprentices who graduated at the event, along with their employers and qualifications, are as follows:
Marion Astbury, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT NHS Trust), Level 3, Team Leader
Kiran Bibi, Walsall Council, Level 3, Business Administration
Paul Clayton, Portmeirion, Level 5, Operations/Departmental Management
Chloe Cornes, MPFT NHS Trust, Level 3, Team Leader
Joe Dyson, AFB Bishops Castle, Level 3, Retail Team Leader
Diane Goodwin, MPFT NHS Trust, Level 5, Operations/Departmental Management
Jane Hanslip, Walsall Council, Level 5, Operations/Departmental Manager
Stephanie Hodgkiss, AFB & Son Ltd, Level 3, Retailing and Wholesaling
Natalie Horton, AFB & Son Ltd Level 3, Customer Service
Sophia Keeling, Innovative Testing Solutions Ltd, Level 2, Customer Service
Katherine Knowles, MPFT NHS Trust, Level 4, Business Administration
Ewelina Luszcz, MPFT NHS Trust, Level 4, Business Administration
Kerris Rex, AFB & Son Ltd, Level 2, Customer Service
Jack Sears, Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land, Level 4, Business Management
Natalie Shillito, MPFT NHS Trust, Level 4 Business Administration
Miranda Smith, Stafford County Council, Level 3, Learning and Development
Sarah Southern, EMH Group, Level 3, Team Leader
Robert Sowden, ENH Group, Level 3, Team Leader
Naomi Watson, Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust, Level 3, Business Management
Karen Wright, AFB Doncaster, Level 3, Retailing and Wholesaling
Chris Bamsey, head of apprenticeships and technical skills at Staffordshire County Council, and lead organiser of the ceremony, said: “We are very proud of all the graduates and what they have achieved. We hope that they enjoyed their day, celebrating with their family and friends, employers and tutors.”
The graduation ceremony was sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership, KMF, Newcastle & Stafford College Group, Acacia Training, Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.