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New training programme aims to recruit the trade deal negotiators of future, says Bradley

By Staff Reporter

The Government is seeking post-Brexit trade deal negotiators in Northern Ireland.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has announced the world's first training programme to recruit new trade negotiators.

The two-year scheme, which pays £30,109 per annum, includes embassy placements with the UK's expert trade negotiating teams working on future trade agreements with partners including the US and Australia.

There will also be places on the teams supporting UK companies to export their goods and services, and a six-month international placement in one of the Department for International Trade's 127 offices around the world.

Secretary of State Karen Bradley said: "The UK's first independent trade policy in over 40 years will provide an opportunity for Northern Ireland to shape the global trading environment of tomorrow. To do this, we need to ensure that we continue to attract the best talent to become our future trade negotiators."

Unlike traditional graduate schemes, no qualifications are needed to sign up to the programme, with the majority of candidates expected to be school leavers aged 18 or over, people switching careers or those looking to work in the government.

The scheme is intended to develop the UK's talent pool of trade policy and promotion experts, as the UK prepares to leave the EU and implement an independent trade policy for the first time in 40 years.

Mrs Bradley added: "This is an unrivalled experience which any university would struggle to compete with and I am looking forward to seeing more people from Northern Ireland leading the UK's trade policy and promotion work around the world.

"Despite global economic headwinds, it remains the fact that only free trade will generate the prosperity that underpins growth, creates jobs and serves as the basis of our common security."

Applications are open until August 4 at: readytotrade.co.uk

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