Hampshire Chamber boosts international trade training

TRADING SKILLS. Jacqueline Highmore, Hampshire Chamber’s International Trade Manager, left, and Maureen Frost, Hampshire Chamber Chief Executive.

Maureen Frost, CEO of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce (right) with Jacqueline Highmore, International Trade Manager

An accredited business training scheme designed to tackle some of the UK economy’s most critical skills gaps has seen its first Hampshire delegates graduate.

Hosted by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, the Foundation Award in International Trade is assessed by British Chambers of Commerce as part of a national programme to help companies active in overseas markets whether as exporters or importers.

As well as improving skills involved in international trade amid the current turmoil surrounding Brexit, the award demonstrates compliance with the requirements of Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, the government department primarily responsible for regulating international trade.

Graduates are seen as ‘trusted traders’ up to speed with the latest developments in what is a highly dynamic global trading environment.

Maureen Frost, Hampshire Chamber Chief Executive, said: “The Foundation Award in International Trade gives people involved in import and export an ideal opportunity to gain a recognised qualification while learning the processes and procedures they need for their day-to-day role.

“International trade is going to play an absolutely central part of boosting growth in the UK and so we are pleased to offer the award as a welcome addition to our training offer.”

The training at Hampshire Chamber is done by long-standing provider Business Training UK.

Its Managing Director Peter Thompson said: “From a compliance point of view, the award certainly adds value but more importantly it’s about inculcating skills into British industry that have been lacking compared to other countries because of underinvestment over many years.

“It is the nature of the employment market that most new staff will need training but that is especially true for international trading skills.

“Trading relationships around the world undergo continual change and so trusted traders need to update their knowledge and skills to reflect that.”

The award is given based on a system of credits for completing individual training workshops.

Content covers a wide range of areas including export finance, inward order processing and supply chain compliance.

One of the first Hampshire delegates to complete the training is Jacqueline Highmore, Hampshire Chamber’s own International Trade Manager.

Jacqueline said: “I have been working at the Chamber for many years and although involved in international trade on a daily basis I have found this training to be a very worthwhile and enjoyable experience.  I have updated my skills and learnt some new ones too on the various workshops.

“It is going to be very useful for people to gain this qualification especially as it is accredited by British Chambers of Commerce and recognised by HM Revenue & Customs.”

Training for the award is open to both members and non-members of Hampshire Chamber. For more information, call 01329 242420 or email train@hampshirechamber.co.uk.