April 4, 2013
Forum for International Trade Training (FITT)
Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) today releases an innovative analysis of workforce barriers to Canada’s success in international trade and offers a national strategy for overcoming those barriers.
Gaps in Canada’s workforce pose a threat to international trade growth
Canada is beginning to experience gaps between what global commerce requires for success and what the country’s workforce can supply, according to the study International Trade Workforce Strategy – Report of the FITT Human Resources International Trade Sector Study spearheaded by FITT. One gap is a shortfall of the number of people in many occupations that are core to international trade. The other is a gap between the demand for, and availability of, new competencies that are critical to successful global trade.
The report, supported by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and created in collaboration with Mercer, a global leader in HR consulting, also recommends specific actions for Canadian business leaders, the educational community, and government policymakers to take to close these gaps.
*Read the full report here*
International Trade Training
World Trade Centre Edmonton continues to offer its members opportunities to expand on their international trade knowledge. Partnered with FITT (Forum International Trade Training), members have access to the FITTskills program. Consisting of 8 courses (listed below), individuals can work towards the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation at their own pace.
If you are a busy business owner, manager or student, now you can strengthen your international trade knowledge online. FITTskills Online enables you to tap into practical, internationally-recognized training necessary for today’s global competitive business environment. To register for a FITTskills Online course or for more information on the fees and schedule please click here
- Global Business Environment
- International Trade Finance
- International Trade Research
- Global Supply Chain Management
- International Market Entry Strategies
- International Marketing
- Legal Aspects of International Trade
- International Trade Management
For any further questions, please contact Elizabeth Taylor, project coordinator, Business Development at (780) 409-2613 or email@example.com
"Knowledge to do International Business"
Whether you need to expand your knowledge of the global economy, increase your understanding of venture financing, or learn new ways of gathering key intelligence about foreign markets, FITTskills can assist you.
FITT skills will show you how to:
- Perform import/export readiness diagnostics;
- Develop and implement market entry and distribution plans;
- Perform corporate strategic needs assessments;
- Undertake effective international trade research;
- Analyze the various types of international trade agreements;
- Make costing, pricing, promotion and distribution policies;
- Develop and implement effective international marketing plans;
- Choose the right course of action for financing international deals and create an effective budget for your firm's international activities;
- Analyze potential buyers/suppliers; and
- Formulate cost-effective strategies for the movement of goods and services across international borders.
Developed in partnership with government and private industry, FITTskills meets the needs of those who are new to exporting or importing and those who simply want to expand their expertise and gain valuable educational credits. For more details: www.fitt.ca