Engineering dreams rescued thanks to PTP’s skills programme

16 August 2022

A young Black Country man’s dreams of a career in engineering have been rescued thanks to a skills programme from top Midlands training experts Performance Through People (PTP).

Warren Todd, from Brownhills, completed Engineering Levels 1 and 2 after leaving school, but his college then told him that he could not progress further because he lacked GCSE maths at the required level. 

Unsure what to do next, Warren spoke to his coach at the Job Centre who told him about a sector-based work academy programme (SWAP) in engineering offered by PTP, part of the BCTG Group.

Scott Brown, a learning and development tutor at PTP, said: “During his work experience with J Harper & Sons of Bloxwich on the SWAP, Warren displayed such dedication, enthusiasm and hard work so much that he was offered, a job, along with an engineering apprenticeship to further develop his skills.”

PTP’s SWAP programmes offer a range of training including support with applying for jobs, interview skills, support securing a placement with an employer, and specific training to provide the skills needed by local employers. 

Mr Brown continued: “The SWAP helped Warren develop new skills and through the information, advice and guidance offered enabled him to look at areas of engineering that valued his existing skills.

“These skills easily transferred to a new role along with the new skills he had gained and, with support from staff, he gained a work experience placement with J Harper & Sons.

“This gave him the opportunity to showcase his skills, something you are not always able to do at interview, and the result was a job and full engineering apprenticeship.”

Warren’s success meant he was asked to meet Andy Street, the elected Mayor of the West Midlands, on his recent visit to BCTG, demonstrating the skills he had developed on the SWAP programme.

Warren, aged 20, said: “The SWAP has helped me to develop my confidence, gain new skills and to showcase what I can do, which enabled me to gain employment.

“I have enjoyed becoming part of team at J Harper & Sons and working to achieve common goals.”

Warren now has his mind set on becoming a qualified welder and fabricator, manufacturing quality products. 

As well as his Engineering Operations Level 2 apprenticeship, he is also studying for his Maths Level 2 so that he can develop, potentially moving into management roles in the future.

Warren added: “The SWAP programmes are a fantastic opportunity to help anyone to achieve their goals and dreams.”

Richard Harper, managing director at J Harper & Sons, said: “The SWAP programme had enabled us to gain an employee who fits in with the team and has been able to prove himself over a period of time to be reliable and timely, something you cannot always tell at interview.”

Pictured: Warren Todd and Andy Street

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