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ITOPS Graduates Receive Awards

ITOPS The latest group of local exporters to successfully achieve official international trade qualifications have been presented with their awards at the Chamber’s Chesterfield office.

The students recently gained the International Trade Operations and Procedures (ITOPS) qualification; all passing with Merit.

ITOPS is a recognised qualification, covering the main elements of export administration, including documentation, Customs and Excise and other legal requirements, payments and dispatch and shipping and is Accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) with all delegates receiving the BCC Foundation Award in International Trade.

The course was delivered by the Chamber in partnership with Fidelitas Training and sponsored by 512 (Sheffield) Ltd.

The successful students were Kim Alcock of Honeywell, Jodie Rudkin of Hygienic Pigging Systems Ltd, Faye Llewellyn of Spencer Coatings, Liam Bown of 512 (Sheffield) Ltd, Emma Curran of Venture Lighting (Europe) Ltd, Lynne Hibbert of Abacus Lighting Ltd and Iain Armitage of Progress Rail Services Ltd, Emma Jarrett formerly of 512 (Sheffield) Ltd.

One of the ITOPS graduates, Kim Alcock, of Honeywell, a leading manufacturer of innovative and flexible fire detection and alarm products, said: ‘The course was excellent. It has been very informative and I am already putting into practice disciplines I have learned through ITOPS.

‘The course has been presented brilliantly. The facilities, support and course content have been excellent and I would certainly recommend the ITOPS course to anybody working within international trade.’

Iain Armitage of Progress Rail Services Ltd, one of the world’s largest integrated and diversified suppliers of railroad and transit system products and services, was recognised as the course’s standout graduate for his results, application and attitude.

He said: ‘Having had a limited of knowledge of exporting before ITOPS, I got everything I needed out of this course and more. I’ve really learned a lot.

‘There are practical elements that I can use in my day to day working life but it has also given me a really good insight into the world of importing and exporting.’

Karen Mosley, Head of Business Development at course sponsor 512 (Sheffield), said: ‘Congratulations to the latest cohort of students on achieving the ITOPS qualification.

‘It has equipped them all with the skills and knowledge they need to improve their current international trade procedures, which is vital to making sure that businesses are running as efficient as possible.’

The course was designed and delivered by Steve Townsley, of Fidelitas Training in partnership with East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire).

The Chamber’s next ITOPS course starts in Chesterfield on 18 February 2016. For information, or to book your place, go to http://bit.ly/1S0V9Ia.