The Institute of Export and International Trade, which is the UK’s premier international trade training body, yesterday issued an open letter and press release to UK Government about the need to further support for customs training.
There is a need to open the education grant for individuals that want to enter a business area with minimum 50.000 new positions at the end of this year. The grant also need to be extended with additional funding.
The Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT) has repeated its call for government to extend its grant scheme for customs training, following reports that under 1000 firms have received funding so far.
Marco Forgione, director general of the Institute of Export & International Trade, told today’s Daily Update (20 April):
“The Institute of Export & International Trade, as the UK’s premier international trade training body, is continuing to support businesses preparing for Brexit through our HMRC- and Department for International Trade-supported Customs Academy and Open to Export schemes.
“To meet the shortfall of 50,000 customs professionals, we have asked the government to extend the £16m grant budget beyond its scheduled end in January 2021.
“The government must now make the grants available for individuals to apply. This will help, especially those who are currently furloughed.”