Students across the UK are being encouraged to apply for the 2019 National Trade Academy Programme Summer School and join the next generation of exporters.

However, they will have to move quickly as applications close on 7 June.

Following last year’s success, students aged between 16 and 18 years-old across the UK are being urged to apply to take part in the summer school being organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT).

Taking place in Scotland (at the National Museum), Bristol (Airbus) and Birmingham (Cadbury World), the school aims to help students to develop entrepreneurial skills by allowing them to work alongside business leaders, to learn from successful exporters and to participate in a national competition.

The winning team from each location will then be invited to an International Trade Experience Day in London on 17 July, where the national winner will be announced at a lunchtime reception held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said: “I would encourage all students that want to learn more about the potential of a global Britain to apply for this year’s summer school and explore the economic benefits of free trade.”

During the day, students will increase their knowledge of international trade, build their confidence, experience an interactive style of learning outside the classroom, and compete with other Summer School students across the UK, he explained.

Part of the Board of Trade, the National Trade Academy Programme aims to build a culture of exporting through a range of educational projects and initiatives.

Sixth Forms or Colleges can find out more and apply for the Summer School at www.events.great.gov.uk.

Last reviewed 6 June 2019