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First Export Expert Qualifies with Honours

 

The region's largest business membership organisation this week awarded its first global graduate with her new qualification in overseas trade.Lynsey Smith, Export Coordinator for Mayborn Group, was the first person to receive the North East Chamber of Commerce's Foundation Award in International Trade.

Latest figures released by HM Revenue & Customs today show that exports from the North East fell slightly during the first quarter of the year.The region's largest business membership organisation this week awarded its first global graduate with her new qualification in overseas trade.Lynsey Smith, Export Coordinator for Mayborn Group, was the first person to receive the North East Chamber of Commerce's Foundation Award in International Trade.
NECC is one of a handful in the UK running the full qualification, which aims to equip companies with the practical tools necessary to oversee the streamlined, compliant movement of goods.

Lynsey is one of only a small number of delegates in the UK to have achieved the qualification, which was launched late in 2012.
She said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be the first person in the North East and one of only a handful across the UK to achieve this qualification.

"I would recommend this course to anybody involved in the movement of goods to foreign markets. It not only validated the skills and experience I have gained in my role at work, but taught me new practical skills that can only serve me well in the future."

Simon Greetham, Import/Export Co-ordinator for subsea specialists SMD, is another from the region to complete the course. He said: "Working in overseas markets can be a daunting prospect and it does have its challenges, but with this course, NECC is equipping companies with knowledge, skills and technical know-how to negotiate their way through the export process."

NECC offers a selection of accredited one day courses that cover the 'Core 6' modules, which are individually and collectively relevant to small and medium businesses aiming to improve the skills and capability of staff.

At the end of the training, learners are given a series of exercises based on the skills learnt. These will then be assessed and those receiving a Pass or Merit will receive a uniquely numbered certificate in each area.

Those who pass six modules will achieve a nationally recognised Foundation Award in International Trade.

Mayborn Group, which owns baby products brand Tommee Tippee, recently signed up for NECC's Global Membership package which offers a high level of support, guidance and documentation expertise and certification for exporters. Global Membership now stands at 105.

NECC International Trade Manager, Brian Dakers, said: "Congratulations to Lynsey for being the first in the region to achieve the full BCC
Foundation Certificate in International Trade. Simon too has been fantastic, hopefully this will be the start of many regional companies successfully completing this important qualification.

"This qualification offers a real opportunity for SMEs and their employees to gain skills and experience within exporting. This Foundation Award could contribute significantly to the Government's aim to create 100,000 new exporters, helping companies understand and navigate processes involved in the export of goods."

The qualification modules are –

1. UNDERSTANDING EXPORTING
2. INCOTERMS (Rules describing the tasks, costs and risks involved in the delivery of goods from sellers to buyers)
3. EXPORT DOCUMENTATION
4. METHODS OF PAYMENT
5. DOCUMENTARY LETTERS OF CREDIT
6. IMPORT PROCEDURES
7. CUSTOMS PROCEDURES

The training programme has been developed after a demand from employers for a national skills experience for their staff.
To find out more about the International Trade Training Programmes, information can be found on the website or contact Jacqui Tulip on 08450 768 324 or email jacqui.tulip@necc.co.uk