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This apprenticeship programme under development provides proven benefits to both employers, apprentices and existing company employees.

For employers it can provide organisations with a competent, skilled work force and support all businesses trading internationally from exporting companies, importers, logistics companies, banks, software providers and trade consultants. Training is specifically tailored to ensure existing company employees and  apprentices develop the skills the employer wants, giving them a real advantage in the workplace. It may also help reduce skills shortages which can be a barrier to businesses trading internationally.

Apprentices can combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you’ll:

• Work alongside experienced staff
• Gain job-specific skills
• Earn a wage and get holiday pay
• Study towards a relevant qualification

From April 2017, businesses with an annual pay bill of £3m+ have to pay 0.5% of their wage bill to the government (through PAYE) for an apprenticeship levy, regardless of whether they employ apprentices or not. In return, employers will be provided with an allowance of £15,000 to offset against levy payments.

Employers will be able to use the levy to put existing employers through apprenticeship programmes. In essence this can apply to all employers irrespective of job level and age providing employers with a unique opportunity to use the levy to train throughout the organisation.

This recent apprenticeship initiative applies for all types of business, irrespective of size. Smaller businesses as well as larger businesses will be able to benefit from this scheme.

The levy will positively increase the number of apprenticeships as employers capitalise on their levy funding and look to increase their apprenticeship numbers or implement new schemes.

To find out more on Apprenticeships in International Trade please telephone the Institute on 01733 404400 or email


Information for Employees

Find out how an apprenticeship can offer paid work, practical training and the opportunity to gain a relevant qualification.

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Information for Employers

Explore how apprenticeships can provide a competent, skilled work force with the expertise that you need.

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