Chambers Wales has launched a series of international training courses to help Welsh businesses overcome supply chain challenges and develop new skills.
The business membership organization for South East, South West and Mid Wales has designed courses to provide businesses with the skills and confidence to manage fundamental business processes and documentation.
The training will help businesses export and import following the introduction of new customs regulations and controls this month.
The courses are aligned with HMRC to help businesses ensure they are compliant and prepared for audits. The courses can also help businesses mitigate their risk, as failure to comply with new customer regulations can potentially lead to significant financial penalties and fines.
Other specialist courses in the series include guides to trade with Northern Ireland and the EU after Brexit.
Businesses may be eligible for funding from the Welsh Government’s Flexible Skills Scheme for Export Training to cover the cost of training to improve their ability to trade internationally.
Keith Moore, head of international trade at Chambers Wales South East, South West and Mid, said: “Whether in daily conversations or via our quarterly economic surveys, businesses continue to raise concerns with us about the issues of supply chain and the recruitment of skilled workers. Thanks to our vast experience, we have developed a range of courses with expert trainers to enable companies to manage their supply chain and develop their staff. »
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Facilitated by the chamber, the courses will be delivered by trainers Jeff Lewis, international trade, training and development adviser, and Mark Rowbotham, independent consultant, trainer and writer on customs and excise issues.
Mr. Lewis said: “Delivered in a user-friendly and easy-to-understand manner, the range of courses will equip delegates with knowledge of the procedures needed to help their businesses achieve profitable growth in international sales.
Mr Rowbotham said: “There is more need than ever for exporters and importers to understand the changes to international trade procedures, and that is why the Chamber has introduced a new set of international trade training courses. In this era of economic uncertainty, a better understanding of international trade will improve your business and give you an economic edge. »
Nine courses are accredited by the UK Chambers of Commerce and each successful participant receives a certificate of their industry recognized qualification. By completing six courses, participants can earn a Foundation Award in International Trade.