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The apprenticeship programme 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 been paying 0.5% of their wage bill to the government for an apprenticeship levy. In return, employers are provided with the opportunity to offset levy payments against approved apprenticeship qualifications. 

This applies for all employees irrespective of age and job role, and applies for existing employees as well as employees who are new to the company.

Working in conjunction with employers and Universities, the Institute has access to qualifications which are available now and funded through the apprenticeship levy, these apply for professional and degree qualifications, including Bachelors and Masters Degrees.

Options include

The qualifications comprise core disciplines covering areas such as exporting, importing, supply chain, logistics, customs procedures and trade compliance. 

These qualifications also allow smaller businesses, who are not paying the levy, to access funding of up to 95% of the cost of the qualifications, only having to pay 5% of the cost of the qualification themselves.

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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Please note:

Despite the Apprenticeship Levy being UK-wide, the nations of the UK will continue to have different administrative arrangements for funding apprenticeships and other skills training.

Who approves Apprenticeships?   Institute for Apprenticeships  Modern Apprenticeship Group  Gov.Wales  Dept for the Economy
Who is the qualifications regulator?  Ofqual qualifications  SQA – Accreditation  Qualification Wales CCEA 
What Levels of Apprenticeships are available?  Intermediate, Higher, Advanced, Graduate Modern, Foundation, Graduate, (technical / professional)  Foundation, Apprenticeships, Higher Apprenticeships   Level 2, Level 3, Higher Apprenticeships
Where can I find further Information? Gov.UK Skills Development Scotland Business Wales NIdirect