Ten students from a Warsop secondary school were among the first to take part in an East Midlands Chamber initiative to drive future exports.
As exports are vital to the nation’s balance of payments, the Government has set a goal that exports should achieve £1 trillion by 2020. However, exporting in itself has never formed part of the school curriculum, so the Chamber has created a certified course to introduce students to exporting.
The course is British Chambers of Commerce-accredited and all ten pupils from Meden School and Technology College passed with merits and were presented with certificates of their achievement. Each took part in just the first part of the course, but anyone successfully completing all six parts will receive the BCC Foundation Award in International Trade.
The course provides an introduction to the role of export, giving delegates an overall picture of how the many elements of international trade fit together. Delegates get hands-on experience of some of the administration involved in getting an export consignment ready for the journey and learn the best ways to be sure of getting paid.
Of equal importance, it gives an understanding of the main pitfalls of non-compliance and how each of the elements examined contributes to prompt and profitable payment for the company.
Scott Knowles, the Chamber’s chief executive, said: “Research shows that confidence among exporters is rising, but companies are struggling to recruit staff with the skills necessary to ensure success.
“Businesses and schools need to work more closely together to ensure students have a full and firm understanding of the business world, the opportunities it presents to them and the skills that will help them to get ahead, including the export journey and foreign languages.”
The next Exports Foundation Course starts in April.