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Unit 18, Park Hall Business Village
Park Hall Road, Longton
United Kingdom (UK)
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Thousands of bottle-shaped kilns, used to fire Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and Spode china, once dominated the skyline of Stoke-on-Trent. That was when half the city’s workforce, more than 80,000 people, worked in the pottery factories. Now less than 5,000 are directly employed in the industry that became so synonymous with this part of the Midlands. While a handful of ceramics businesses remain, all the coal mines and steel works have long gone.

The industrial landmarks of modern-day Stoke-on-Trent are giant warehouses and distribution centres for supermarkets. Logistics – the storage and transport of goods – offers some of the best job opportunities in the area, still popularly known as The Potteries. Spotting a skills gap in this rapidly expanding sector, Derek Foster launched Action Training (Stoke) Limited in 2002 in conjunction with Action Midlands Limited, established since 1997 to help employers train their workforces to operate the latest forklift trucks and handling equipment. A social as well as a business entrepreneur, he also made it his mission to attract learners from the hardest-to-reach groups in society.

After being approached by learndirect in 2004, the rapid expansion of Action Training grew from 4 to 16 workstations in less than 6 months. The e-learning material, Working Within a Warehouse Environment The Theory, gave an insight to industrial surroundings, mechanical parts, PPE and dangers. Since then, this course has been replaced with numeracy and literacy Skills for Life courses. ‘I came up with the idea of offering free vocational training to learners who reach an agreed standard of literacy and numeracy. This attracts many learners who normally wouldn’t be interested in Skills for Life courses. They gain qualifications and confidence, and go on to secure employment. It’s been a great success,’ explains Derek Foster.

Action Training has gone from strength to strength in achieving high standards of training which has recently been recognised by the organisation Ofsted and Learning Skills Beacon Status.

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