The Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT) has announced £500,000 funding available to help workers who have been furloughed, made redundant or become unemployed.
The IOE&IT is a professional body for those involved in international trade and it helps companies with skills shortages and those facing a change in circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In recognition of the end of the furlough scheme, the IOE&IT has developed a new ‘Step into International Trade' training programme.
IOE&IT director general, Marco Forgione said: "Step into International Trade is about offering workers who have recently had a change in circumstances a chance to train for a new career path. The UK is at an historic junction in terms of its trading relationship with the rest of the world and businesses need more skilled people to work in international trade."
He continued "We have made £500,000 available to kick start this effort and introduce new people into the jobs market. Average salaries for customs and logistics managers start between £35,000-£40,000 and this training package is designed to help people enter this exciting field."
Minister for exports, Graham Stuart, added: "International trade is the backbone of our economy, creating better jobs and higher wages, more choice and lower prices for British consumers, and economic security and prosperity for British families.
"It's fantastic that the Institute of Export & International Trade is launching a new training package that will help boost the nation's trading expertise as we look to build back better from the Covid crisis. I'm pleased to note this initiative is in line with DIT's own UK Export Academy."
The programme, which will see its first course begin on the 2nd September, is comprised of two steps.
The programme will be delivered online by the IOE&IT team of customs and trade experts. It allows time for learners to research and read papers and articles as well as using the learning materials which will supplied online.
The Institute will also provide them with a subject specific tutor for each module who will be able to guide their learning.