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Institute of Export training to boost maritime industry skills

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Port Academy LiverpoolThe Institute of Export’s (IOE) internationally accredited courses are to be to be taught at the Port Academy Liverpool, as part of a drive to increase careers in the maritime industry.

The IOE’s International Trade and Logistics Operations and the Young International Trader will both be on the curriculum at the new academy, which will specialise in port operations and maritime logistics training when it opens in September.

Based within Bootle’s Hugh Baird College, the joint initiative will help address the UK’s skills shortage in the port and sea industries, which is facing a shortfall of 5, 000 staff over the next few years.

Lesley Batchelor

Lesley Batchelor

Director General, Lesley Batchelor OBE, commented: “The Institute of Export is pleased to be playing a pivotal role in helping the UK’s maritime sector address its critical skills shortage. We look forward to enjoying a long and fruitful partnership with the college as an accredited centre for our courses.”

It is expected that the full range of IOE courses will eventually be available at the Port Academy Liverpool, which is offering training designed to meet both industry standards and the needs of local employers looking to recruit skilled staff.

Port Academy Liverpool project lead Shulah Jones, said: “Our business model is to create a valued relationship between brokers and industry to make sure our courses work for employers – which is why our partnership with the Institute of Export is so important. The IOE offers globally recognised qualifications and shares our aim to engage young people and encourage them to consider careers in maritime logistics.”

or more information about the IOE’s courses please visit www.export.org.uk or www.portacademyliverpool.com

About the Institute Of Export

The Institute of Export (IOE) was established in 1935 and is incorporated as a registered charity under the patronage of HRH The Duke of Kent. The Institute’s mission is to enhance the export performance of the United Kingdom by setting and raising professional standards in international trade management and export practice. This is achieved principally by the provision of education and training programmes.

Dedicated to professionalism and recognising the challenging and often complex trading conditions in international markets, the Institute is committed to the belief that real competitive advantage lies in competence and that commercial power, especially negotiating power, is underpinned by a sound basis of knowledge.

The IOE is the only professional body in the UK offering recognised, formal qualifications in International Trade. As an awarding body with the QCF the IOE is registered to make and grant qualifications. This includes modern apprenticeships, foundation degrees and all six levels of the National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).

Visit http://www.export.org.uk/ for more information on the Institute.

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