Chambers of Commerce develop Foundation Award in International Trade

Chambers of Commerce develop Foundation Award in International Trade

British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has launched a new National Trade Skills Training programme, complementing the Government’s Get Britain Exporting agenda.

The programme consists of a ‘core 10’ course set, which will be accredited by the BCC and will contribute to a Foundation Award in International Trade. Candidates achieving pass or merit in any six of the ten core courses will receive a nationally recognised Foundation Award in International Trade.

The courses are individually and collectively relevant to SMEs who wish to improve the skills and competence of their staff.

The training programme has been developed after demand from employers for a national skills experience for their staff. By developing a national solution to the exporting skills gap, the BCC is making a vital contribution to helping the Government achieve its target of creating 100,000 new exporters.

Michael Forrest from Prometric has attended several courses run by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce so far, and is hoping to achieve his Foundation Award in International Trade over the coming months.

"Although I have been in the shipping industry for over ten years, much of my knowledge has come from stumbling into each issue and learning from mistakes. This was very time consuming and strenuous within my role, let alone costly in some scenarios.

"Working in partnership with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce highlighted the importance of certain customs procedures and the importance of understanding international trade and required documentation.

“Since attending the courses I have introduced a few changes to the way we work as a company. This has improved the timeline in getting equipment across the globe and reduce the chance of penalties.

“Definitely worth considering for any companybusiness that has day to day traffic of parcels and freight going through customs.”