This article was published before we became the Chartered Institute of Export & International Trade on 10 July 2024, and this is reflected in references to our old brand and name. For more information about us becoming Chartered, visit our dedicated webpage on the change here.

As a drop of nearly ten per cent in the number of UK university admissions for autumn is blamed squarely on the hike in tuition fees to £9000 per annum, here at the Institute of Export we are urging students to think laterally when planning their future careers – and choose a path in a sector tipped for growth.

The Institute has partnered with prestigious education establishments and distance learning providers to engage students in a series of programmes delivering the skills required to trade overseas – and invariably at much lower cost than a traditional degree course. For example, our two-year Foundation Degree in Professional Practice of International Trade costs just £5500 in total – a fraction of the majority of degrees. The course offers a vocational approach to all aspects of trading internationally, helping those with or without practical experience to do business efficiently and profitably.

Our Director General Lesley Batchelor said: “Graduates are no longer guaranteed a job on leaving university – but they are guaranteed to be saddled with massive debt and often no clear idea of how they will ever pay off that debt. School leavers must start to think laterally to identify exciting career alternatives, and consider better value qualifications that will improve their chances of finding suitable employment.

“In the UK today there are thousands of vacancies for positions in international trade, ranging from jet-setting salespeople and compliance officers to risk planners and shipping managers. Our pioneering new Foundation Degree prepares graduates for such positions, addressing legal aspects of trading internationally and ways of mitigating risk, alongside market research, marketing in new cultures, logistics and compliance issues. It is the only qualification which enables students to harness prior applied learning, gained in employment, to underpin the formal recognition of their skills and knowledge.”

Equipping staff with the skills and knowledge to meet the demands of global markets has taken on an unprecedented importance for UK companies as they seek to export their way out of recession – making international trading a growth sector with significant career potential.

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