Business West shortlisted for TARGETJobs National Graduate Recruitment Award

Kye Parkin
Communications Executive | Business West
13th March 2020

A Business West training programme delivered at the University of Exeter has been nominated alongside the likes of Apple and Google at the prestigious TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.

Pathways to International Trade sees talented undergraduate students undergo an intensive 4-day training course in international trade and exporting, before completing a week-long paid internship with a South West employer to put their knowledge into action.

Now in its sixth year, Pathways to International Trade has educated over 125 students and has proven an effective springboard to launching a graduate career in international trade, with alumni gaining positions at renowned businesses and organisations including Anheuser-Busch, Global Business Reports, Google and the Department for International Trade.

Phil Smith, Managing Director, Business West comments: “This initiative has presented a further way for Business West to support South West businesses and develop much needed international trade expertise in our workforce. Our business members often stress the need for talent as one of their top priorities, so we are delighted that our efforts in training students and placing them in exporting internships with clients has resulted in such an accolade.” 

Ameeta Virk, Market Specialist at Business West, who heads the initiative adds: “Having created and run Pathways to International Trade for the past six years, it is wonderful for Business West to receive further recognition for our work in preparing students for careers in global trade – a specialism that has never been more important than today.”  

Steve Wallers, Employer Engagement Manager, University of Exeter, comments: "Our support in nominating Business West for this award is in recognition of the ongoing support and inspiration this programme has given to so many of our students to explore the field of export. It has also provided us with a platform for University of Exeter students to support local business with their export plans." 

The awards ceremony is due to take place on 2 April 2020 at Grosvenor House in London.

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