The knowledge manufacturers need to enter and dominate global marketplaces.
June 17, 2015
by PLANT Staff
OTTAWA — Canadian Manufacturers’ & Exporters (CME) is calling on manufacturers to take advantage of its Export Success Program (ESP), launched in partnership with Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), to provide businesses with the knowledge they need to succeed in global markets.
The program targets manufacturers a little wary about growing their business internationally and those that are new to exporting.
Training comes in the form of condensed FITTskills sessions to provide the fundamentals of exporting led by qualified international business instructors and FITTskills program materials developed by FITT. The sessions are designed to build a manufacturer’s export capacity, earn credit towards a FITT Certificate or Diploma in International Trade and get closer to holding the elite Certified International Trade Professional (CITP/FIBP) designation.
Two-day FITTskills sessions will cover the current and future global business environment from both, local and global perspectives to provide individuals with a framework for planning as they incorporate the most important elements of the international trade strategy building process.
There are also sessions related to financing supply chains and mitigating export risks that focus on trade finance. Participants will be able to research the trade mitigation tools available for importers and exporters, as well as the services and products that can help finance supply chains.
Topics in the training sessions include:
• Understanding how trade affects the global economy
• Recognizing the role of Canadian manufacturers globally
• Performing an organization’s export readiness analysis
• Analyzing both perspectives of the import and export trade transactions
• Identifying tools for trade and technology to enable global supply chain enhancements
• Selecting transportation modes and contracting service providers
• Considering cultural factors when trading globally
• Defining ethics and social responsibility in the international business context
• Performing market research and executing an export marketing plan
• Developing a strategy to maintain a long-term presence in international markets
• Understanding the methods of payments available through international trade finance
CME will also deliver sessions at participating company offices for up to 20 staff members. Participants receive a certificate of attendance, eBook material, electronic handouts, powerpoint slides, online learning platform pass and access to the FITTskills exam, which they have 30 days to complete after their session.
FITTskills are offered as two half-day sessions where participants receive practical skills that can be utilized immediately at the workplace. The online portion is completed at the participant’s own pace and from their home or office. Participants are exposed to practical examples, case studies, and the mentorship of industry experts, each supporting the export success of Canadian companies.