Chris Luty, chief executive of Oldbury-based BCTG, said: "With concerns over Covid-19 and the economy in general, it is easy to cut back on areas that don’t appear to contribute immediately to the bottom line.
"And it’s hard not to sympathise with businesses that are facing real hardship.
"But it’s vital that we don’t lose sight of our roots and where possible, we continue to support our local clubs and organisations in our community.”
BCTG is a long-term sponsor of Dudley Town FC (The Robins), which narrowly missed out on promotion and an automatic FA Cup spot due to Covid-19. Now the club is heading into the new season by going back to its roots.
And the club is building up its fan base too, with inquiries even coming from Robins supporters as far away as Australia.
The early shut-down of the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic saw last season’s results wiped from the books. As a result, Dudley Town’s third place – which would have seen it achieve promotion from the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division, and its automatic FA Cup , were all taken away.
Club director Stephen Austin said: "It was soul-destroying after achieving so much in a great season, but we’ve had to put it behind us. It’s taken a lot of work to get ourselves ready for this season but we aim to repeat that success.”
That positive attitude comes alongside a deliberate move to recapture the club’s glory days of the 1970s and ‘80s, with a return to its traditional red and white kit colours and to its historic Robin club badge.
"We have struck a partnership deal with the Duncan Edwards Foundation that sees Duncan’s signature on our shirts as we promote the foundation’s work, giving talented young sportspeople from the borough the support they need to achieve their dreams.”
The Foundation was set up to commemorate the legacy of the brilliant Dudley footballer, one of the famous Manchester United Busby Babes, who tragically died of his injuries after the Munich air disaster in 1958.
Chris Luty said: "It’s a real community-based club that spends a lot of time working with kids and young people, using football to engage and motivate.
"We are hoping to encourage more businesses to come on board. There’s a range of corporate sponsorship packages that won’t break the bank but, together, we can make a real difference to both a historic Dudley football club and to the local community.”
BCTG continues to grow with acquisition of PTP Training
BCTG Group, the West Midlands-based training organisation, has acquired PTP Training, trading as Performance Through People.
The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, means the expanded group will now have a turnover of over £20 million and employ around 200 people.
PTP Training becomes part of BCTG Group, which includes BCTG Ltd, Eurosource Solutions, Further Training and The Apprenticeship Works.
Based at European Business Park in Oldbury, BCTG has ten sites in Birmingham, the Black Country, Staffordshire and Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Across the group, the organisation supports almost 10,000 young people and adults each year, offering 166 different types of apprenticeship, 84 different adult upskilling and reskilling courses and 27 pre-apprenticeship programmes for 16-18-year-olds.
These include everything from healthcare and early years care, to engineering, manufacturing and logistics, through to business skills in IT, management and team leading.
BCTG Group chief executive officer Chris Luty said: "Performance Through People has a tremendous reputation for high quality flexible training and this, alongside the existing BCTG offer, means employers in the region can now source all their training and recruitment needs from a single one-stop shop.
"This means simpler, more cost effective training, built around their business needs.”
PTP managing director Rod Colbourne and his management team will continue to lead the company as part of the group.
He said: "We are incredibly excited about joining the BCTG group, which enables us to increase our delivery portfolio, benefiting all of our customers. Being part of a substantial skills and education group will allow us to contribute both regionally and nationally, at a time when supporting employers and their staff is more important than ever.”
New centre in West Bromwich to train next generation of construction workers
A new centre in the Black Country will start work training the next generation of young builders in the coming weeks, thanks to help from commercial property agency Bulleys.
Training group BCTG is aiming to start youngsters on the first courses at the new centre in Kelvin Way, West Bromwich, by the middle of February.
It is the first in a new series of construction training centres BCTG is launching as part of a £2 million expansion programme.
Director Chris Luty said: "BCTG is one of the largest independent training providers in England. Each year we train over 10,000 young people and adults in a range of vocational and technical skills in areas such as health & social care, early years education, engineering, construction, management and business services. We operate nationally at employers’ premises or from our local skill centres.
"As part of our aim to support the skills needs in the West Midlands, we have committed to invest over £2 million to develop a series of new Construction Centres across the region. The centres will offer young people between 16-18 and adults from 19+ access to a range of skills in bricklaying, painting & decorating, plastering, roofing and cladding. Each centre is at the heart of the local community, ensuring easy, flexible access for all.
"The first centre at Unit 34, Kelvin Way, West Bromwich will offer its first course from 10th February 2020.”
Mr Luty added: "If HS2 goes ahead the industry estimates it will need an extra 50,000 trained construction workers. Even without that the growth in housebuilding in this region, let alone the constant construction work under in Birmingham, has created an urgent need for young building workers.
"Our new centre in West Bromwich will be able to cater for up to 40 young people at a time, probably on 12 week programmes. So we could be training up to 200 people withing a few months of starting. The initial focus will be young people aged 16 to 19, but we expect to be training adults too.
"We will be providing them with the vital basic skills in bricklaying, woodwork, roofing, plastering; getting them ‘site-ready’ and qualified with their CSCS certification so they can start work. We will also provide training in various skills to Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ.”