IOE and IT makes £500,000 of funding available for retraining workers after furlough ends

Wed 18 Aug 2021
Posted by: Noelle McElhatton
IOE News

Step into International Trade register

The Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT) today announced that it is making £500,000 of funding available to help workers who have been furloughed, made redundant or become unemployed.

The IOE&IT is the UK’s leading professional body for those involved in international trade and it stands ready to help companies with skills shortages and those facing a change in circumstances as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

New training programme

In recognition of the end of the furlough scheme, the IOE&IT has developed a new ‘Step into International Trade’ training programme.

International trade is integral to the UK’s economy and making sure that it continues to flourish will be a hugely important part of the country’s recovery from the pandemic.

At the same time, since the end of the Brexit transition period, the UK is also undergoing the most significant set of revisions to its trade policy for half a century.  This means there is a need for more skilled people to work in international trade.

‘Exciting field’

IOE&IT director general Marco Forgione said:

“Step into International Trade is about offering workers who have recently had a change in circumstances a chance to train for a new career path. The UK is at an historic junction in terms of its trading relationship with the rest of the world and businesses need more skilled people to work in international trade.

“We have made £500,000 available to kick start this effort and introduce new people into the jobs market. Average salaries for customs and logistics managers start between £35,000-40,000 and this training package is designed to help people enter this exciting field.”

Ministerial support

Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart MP, has lent his endorsement to the IOE&IT’s initiative.

“International trade is the backbone of our economy, creating better jobs and higher wages, more choice and lower prices for British consumers, and economic security and prosperity for British families,” he said.

“It’s fantastic that the Institute of Export & International Trade is launching a new training package that will help boost the nation’s trading expertise as we look to build back better from the Covid crisis. I’m pleased to note this initiative is in line with DIT’s own UK Export Academy.”

Forgione added that the programme is “the perfect opportunity to forge a new career path. With 50,000 customs specialists needed to handle post-Brexit documentation let our expert trainers give you the skills you need to take your first steps into international trade".

Training programme: the details

Step into International Trade has been specifically designed for individuals whose employment status has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Staff with international trade skills are needed so that firms can adapt to new post-Brexit rules, make the most of the UK’s new trade agreements and expand into overseas markets.

The programme, whose first course begins on 2 September, is comprised of two steps:

1) ‘Step into International Trade’ training course

2) Certificate in International Trade, Customs and Logistics

Expert guidance

The programme will be delivered online by the IOE&IT team of customs and trade experts. The programme allows time for learners to research and read papers and articles as well as using the learning materials which will supplied online.

Crucially, the Institute will also provide them with a subject specific tutor for each module who will be able to guide their learning.

Sign up here

Interested applicants, who should be either on furlough, at risk of redundancy or have been recently made redundant, who would like to learn more and take advantage of the free starter course, should sign up here.

Two-step programme

First, learners will take an introductory two-day course to learn about the basics of international trade. The course will cover:

  • Opportunities in international trade
  • How and why firms import and export
  • How goods are moved across borders
  • Role of customs authorities
  • Importance of compliance with customs rules

After successfully completing the two-day course, learners can decide whether a career in international trade is right for them. If yes, they can move on to take the Certificate in International Trade, Customs and Logistics, a Level 3 Qualification awarded by the Institute:

Unit 1: Export documents

Unit 2: Getting paid

Unit 3: Cargo and credit insurance

Unit 4: Trade customs and logistics facilitators

Unit 5: Methods of international transport

Unit 6: Customs procedures and documents

About the IOE&IT

The Institute was established over 85 years ago to support UK businesses in growing their international markets and trade. It is the leading association of exporters and importers, providing education and training to professionalise the UK’s international traders.

As a partner with UK government, the IOE&IT delivers national and international programmes, acting as evangelists for the UK and establishing UK processes and standards globally.  

The Institute co-partners in running the online UK Customs Academy, the world’s first training platform dedicated to customs skills and developed at the request of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).