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 it 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.
From 1 day refreshing to 5 day novice courses, we can satisfy your needs regardless of your knowledge and status.
Our fully qualified ITSSAR instructors will help and guide you through the progression of your course.
The training can commence in our simulated warehouse environment or on your premises. Our centre is available to offer accredited operator training on Counterbalance, Reach, Pivot, PPT and Rough Terrain forklifts.
Pearson Health & Safety Award
Anyone who is applying for the green CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card, labourers, will be required to complete the BTEC Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment.
There is one mandatory unit that will ensure you have a basic knowledge of health and safety, working practices, relevant legal regulations and the responsibilities all persons on a construction site.
To complete the qualification, you will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of:
- The principles of risk assessments
- Safe manual handling
- Working safely at height
- Risks to health within a construction environment
- Working around plant and equipment safely