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IOE urges UK businesses to upskill staff to boost growth and export ambitions

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Lesley Batchelor

Lesley Batchelor

UK businesses urged to upskill staff to boost growth and export ambitions

UK businesses are being urged to invest in upskilling their employees so they can capitalise on the wealth of opportunities in international trade to increase their productivity, profitability and competitive advantage.

Integral to the Government’s Exporting is Great campaign; this call to action comes from the Institute of Export (IOE) – whose aim is to professionalise global trade by providing recognised, formal qualifications in international trade. Its range of courses include a BSc (Hons) Management Practice – International Trade with Plymouth University; an MSc in International Trade, Strategy and Operations in conjunction with the University of Warwick; and a Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in International Trade in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University.

All three degree programmes have a January 2016 intake, while there is rolling entry to the IOE’s certificate and diploma courses – all of which are designed to fit around a full-time career and are delivered through distance learning or part-time and full-time study.

Premier Foods international business manager – Europe, Nick Rowlands, who has achieved the Advanced Certificate in International Trade, said: “Quite simply, the course helped me understand the nuts and bolts of international trade.”

IOE director general, Lesley Batchelor OBE, commented: “As a professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade, our suite of programmes provide a viable, cost effective and flexible opportunity for higher educational study.

“A student can start with us at the age of 16 and follow our professional accreditations through to an MSc. Providing wide-ranging benefits for employers, our courses meet the needs of all students, regardless of age or experience, by improving job performance and advancing their careers.

“With tutor and mentor support, webinars and online tutorials,  they can benefit those already working in international trade, as well as inexperienced learners and students seeking to embark on a business degree.”

The IOE as a professional body regulated by Ofqual in the UK offers recognised, formal qualifications in International Trade. As an Awarding Organisation the IOE provides qualifications within the Government Regulated Qualification Framework. The Institute, working in partnership with others, currently provides qualifications from Level 1 through to Level 4 and 5 Foundation Degrees, and Level 6 BScs.

To find out more visit http://www.export.org.uk/professional-qualifications

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, and foundation, undergraduate and master’s degrees.


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

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