About Us

About Us

Wolverhampton grew initially as a market town with a specialism within the woollen trade. During and after the Industrial Revolution, the city became a major industrial centre, with mining, (mostly coal, limestone and iron ore) as well as a production of steel, japanning, locks, motorcycles and cars. Derek Foster identified this and began Action Midlands with the vision of offering quality, industrial Forklift Truck Training to the masses.

Action Midlands was launched in May 1997 and quickly became renowned for offering expert and affordable training. To this day, Action Midlands is continuing to grow, training employees from worldwide companies such as Force India Formula 1 Race Team. Action Midlands and its sister company, Action Training (Stoke) Ltd, are proud to be one of the leading training providers in their field of expertise.

Meet the Team

Name: Derek Foster MBE

Position: Managing Director

Hobbies: Football (Stoke City FC season ticket holder), golf, squash motor sports and holidays in Kefalonia

Achievements:

Level 3 Certificate in Delivering Learning, Level 3 Certificate in Delivering Learning, Level 4 Certificate in Further Education Teaching, Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, ITSSAR Instructor. In 2008 I was awarded the MBE for services to the lifelong learning sector.

Personal Statement: 

21 years’ experience in the food industry with Cadbury’s and then Premier Foods. I started work on the shop floor and worked my way up into senior management for the last 10 years as the Planning and Logistics Manager for the beverage division. In 1993 I started Action Midlands Ltd and in 2002 I opened up Action Training Stoke Ltd. Through becoming a learndirect centre I have gained teaching qualifications in the adult learning sector.

I have built my businesses up to produce quality training and given added value to all our customers throughout my career.

Name: Karen Rogers

Position: Operations Manager

Hobbies: Volleyball, theatre and spending time with the family

Achievements:

Have a diverse range of skills and experience over 30 years and have held a variety of roles in Customer services, Sales, Marketing and Accounts.

Personal Statement: 

I have been with Action Midlands for 15 years and became Operations Manager of the Wolverhampton branch in 2013, responsible for the day to day management of the business and its ongoing development. My role at Action Midlands Ltd is very rewarding, working closely with small, medium and multi-national companies as part of a successful team, we strive to ensure that we deliver the highest level of training and the best service possible for all the companies and clients we work with.

Name: Sam Harris

Position: Mechanical Handing Instructor

Hobbies: Football, cars, music and fishing

Achievements:

City & Guilds PTLLS Level 4, CPD English, CPD Maths, Edexcel BTEC Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment, CITB CSCS Card, Multiple Fork Lift Truck Certificates, ITSSAR Accredited Instructor Certificate.

Personal Statement: 

I joined Action Midlands in 2011 having worked in the ICT industry for a number of years. Using my ICT skills, I began tutoring adult learners for the company, helping to gain Maths, English and ICT qualifications to aid them into employment or progress within their employment. I adapted my tutoring skills and became an ITSSAR fork lift instructor for the company. I enjoy offering clients quality training that meets all health and safety standards while meeting new people and making new friends.

Name: Robert Hamlett

Position: Mechanical Handing Instructor

Hobbies: Football and travelling

Achievements:

Working in construction and warehousing for over 40 years starting as a ground worker, I gained experience of many roles finally progressing to warehouse manager at large international steel company.  In 2008 I felt it was time to diversify and qualified as an ITSSAR Instructor and now I am able to deliver training for an extensive range of machinery.

Personal Statement: 

I feel that having such a broad range of roles in the construction and warehouse environment has given me an insight into what Companies expect from their employees.  I find my position at Action Midlands both challenging and rewarding it gives me an enormous amount of satisfaction when candidates achieve a qualification.

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