International Trade Profession Team

International Trade Profession Team

Department for International Trade |

We are nominating the DIT’s International Trade Profession team for the Skills Award for its excellence in promoting new trade skills development across HMG. In 8 short months – from initial concept design, product development and launch of the new 28th Civil Service Profession the team has delivered:

  • A profession with 2500 members from almost 25 departments and ALBs, including HMA and HMTC teams;
  • 12 Heads of Profession in Departments who are championing embedding good practices on trade capability across HMG;
  • A range of Profession Products designed to invest in our people now and for the future, including a new Trade Curriculum, bringing together trade policy & negotiations and trade promotion L&D; Professional Standards; Career Profiles design to inspire and assist staff in mapping their trade development and trade careers; and a Networking Programme designed to embed future talent.

The challenge was vast: Brexit necessitated fast delivery; the customer base was wide, involving staff working on trade promotion and trade policy across 10+ Departments in Whitehall, the regions and overseas; and resources tight – so we had to model the Civil Service Code all the way! Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from our users and from externals.