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International trade and logistics apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the international trade and logistics sector.

This apprenticeship trains you to work in the import/export industry. Importers deal with the procedures for bringing goods for sale into the UK from other countries, while exporters handle the procedures for taking goods out of the UK for sale in other countries.

Training opportunities

Importers and exporters work for import/export agencies or freight-forwarding firms, or may be employed by companies that handle their own export and import of goods. Import and export managers buy products and services from other countries or sell to them.

Clerks in freight forwarding, import and export are crucial in ensuring that the documentation meets the legal requirements of each country. You will work as part of a team arranging the import and export of goods on behalf of customers.

This could involve:

  • administration/customer service for processing export and insurance documentation
  • customs clearance
  • organising the movement of goods by road, rail, sea or air

International trade and logistics apprentices should:

  • have good organisational skills and problem-solving ability
  • be comfortable with IT and financial software such as spreadsheets
  • be able to deal with pressure and deadlines
  • ideally have knowledge of other languages

Types of apprenticeships

This is an intermediate level apprenticeship. You could train in roles like:

  • freight forwarder
  • import/export clerk

Apply for a international trade and logistics apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education