Performance Through People formed its roots in the 1970’s. It came from an increased need for training and development, the (then) Walsall Chamber of Commerce was receiving a high influx of requests for support in this area. Performance Through People began in a large engineering centre in Sandwell to meet the demand. Once the company became established expansion soon followed, allowing for delivery of training in a range of occupational areas throughout the wider Black Country.
In 1995, Performance Through People formed into a separate division within the re-organised East Mercia Chamber of Commerce, which included the Walsall, Cannock, Lichfield, Tamworth and Burton. This enabled further expansion within Staffordshire, North and South. New centres were also opened in Dudley and Wolverhampton in line with the Black Country expansion.
Then came the introduction of the Black Country Learning and Skills Council. The chamber followed suit, splitting up East Mercia Chamber so Walsall could join the Black Country Chamber, along with Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley Chambers. A new South Staffordshire Chamber was formed to look after Southern Staffordshire’s member’s needs. From this change, a new holding company was formed called EMCCI of which PTP was a major part.
In 2003 PTP Training Ltd, known widely as Performance Through People was formed into a separate trading company. A wholly owned subsidiary of EMCCI, a trust managed by the trustees of Walsall and Southern Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce. Then in 2009 Southern Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce’s shareholding was bought out by Walsall Chamber of Commerce.
From its humble beginnings PTP is now one of the leading training providers in the Midlands and has five centres throughout Birmingham, Black Country and Staffordshire. Performance Through People now delivers Apprenticeships, Commercial Courses and Funded Training throughout the country and has over 100 employees.
We are proud of our history and connection to the Chamber of Commerce, with three Board members being past presidents of Walsall Chamber of Commerce.