Last reviewed 1 December 2021

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has highlighted a scheme organised by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) with logistics recruitment company Pedagogo to create 100 international trade assistant posts.

Operating through the Government’s Kick Start programme, this scheme will enable limited companies that have been trading for at least a year to take on the assistants free of charge for six months.

The Government will pay the salary based on 25 hours per week at the national minimum wage.

“Many of us are still grappling with the paperwork needed to trade effectively with the EU as a third party,” BIFA said. “We have a solution that will cost you nothing but will enable your business to move forward internationally.”

The new recruits will, it said, arrive knowing what a C88 form is, will understand imports into the UK and exports to the EU and the rest of the World and will know where to find the right information for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Interested employers are urged to contact info@pedagogo.co.uk for full details, with more information available at www.pedagogo.co.uk/post/introducing-kickstart-international.

With more changes due in January 2022, BIFA warned, life for traders is not getting any easier so a wholly-funded international trade assistant for up to six months could, it suggested, “take the pressure off your business and help you to stop reacting and start planning your next market”.