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Pictured (L - R) are Raymond Gilmour, Markets Made Clear.com, and Moira Loughran, Invest NI.
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry and Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell have launched the Export Sales and Marketing Academy.
The Academy is aimed at those who have a minimum HND in any discipline. It will provide an intensive eight week training programme with one of the weeks spent in a European Academic Institution. This will be followed by a nine month temporary work contract with an employer and a potential offer of employment.
Minister Farry said: “Through my Department’s Assured Skills initiative, the Academy approach continues to be an excellent example of how my Department and Invest NI are working collaboratively to improve the skills of graduates and assist them into employment. Graduates are learning skills that our local employers need and I would encourage any unemployed graduate to consider a career in export sales and marketing.
“I remain committed to working closely with other government departments, employers and our local further education colleges to ensure companies have the skilled employees to enhance their businesses and grow our economy.”
The skills requirements were identified by local companies wishing to expand their export sales. The companies taking part in the Academy have specific nine month projects for the Academy students to complete as part of their studies.
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell said: “With export growth and innovation acknowledged as key drivers of economic success, initiatives such as the Export Sales and Marketing Academy are vital to Northern Ireland’s future prosperity. The Academy demonstrates how industry and education can work together to identify and address skills gaps through practical training, whilst providing meaningful placements with which graduates can gain invaluable experience in a work environment.
“Equipping our young people with the relevant export sales and marketing skills is essential in helping our businesses maximise the opportunities that exist in international markets.”
The Academy will be delivered by Belfast Metropolitan College with support from the Department for Employment and Learning and Invest NI under the Assured Skills initiative (change fund allocation).