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Summer school for ITOPs

ITOPs class of April 2015The Chamber is introducing a ‘summer school’ for its International Trade Operations and Procedures (ITOPs) course.

ITOPs is usually a four-day training programme with the ‘classroom’ sessions set between periods back in the office.

Spreading the coursework over several months gives delegates a chance to put into practice what they have learned before moving on to the next stage.

Eight weeks after the formal coursework there is an assessment followed by the award of certificates for successful candidates.

But with Europe generally ‘shutting down’ for the summer, the Chamber is testing the water to see if delegates would prefer to have the four tutorial days in a single block.

“We’re not suggesting people involved in exporting aren’t busy during the summer, but it is common knowledge that Europe virtually closes so we thought we’d offer the course en bloc and see what interest we got,” said Laura Howard, the Chamber’s Head of International.

Candidates taking advantage of the ‘summer school’ (17-20 August) will still have an assessment after eight weeks before the presentation of any certificates.

The next standard ITOPs course starts on 8 September.

The latest candidates to successfully achieve ITOPs status with the Chamber were: Simon Arnold of 512 (Sheffield), Rowan Geach of Deb, Jennie Doughty of Hodgson & Hodgson Group, Jonathan Mosley of Imperial Tobacco, Richard Burlyn and Christopher Walters of Kingsmill Industries, Tracy Duffy of Precision Products, Michael Coward of Tennant Metallurgical Group and Kully Dosangh of Dunlop Systems.

Export Sales Manager Chris said: “The course is very informative and I have definitely benefited from it. I’d advise other people who have the opportunity to do the course."

Operations Graduate Simon said: “Steve, the trainer, is very knowledgeable and I think the work-based element has really been beneficial. I’d recommend the course to anyone involved in exporting or freight forwarding.”

They were presented with their certificates at the Chamber’s Chesterfield head office in April.

The Chamber’s ITOPs programme is accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce, run by Steve Townsley, of Fidelitas Training, and sponsored by 512 (Sheffield) Ltd.

Picture caption: ITOPs Class of April 2015 - the nine ITOPs delegates with Julie Whiting, left, Laura Howard and Theresa Hewitt, right and second right, from the Chamber’s international team and Steve Townsley, of Fidelitas Training, fourth from left standing.