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Langley College HND Business students hear from leading international trade experts

Langley College HND Business students were given an international insight at the recent Department of International Trade’s ‘Latin American and the Caribbean Roadshow.’ 

Course lecturer, Karen Cripps says “This trade show was perfectly timed as these business students are currently working on an assessed research project into the risks and benefits of international trade. It's great to see our awarding bodies select assessment projects which are really relevant in terms of current UK business priorities. Alongside project management skills, this module focuses on learning all about the opportunities for UK businesses to work with businesses across the world. This is really helpful in developing up to date commercial awareness.”

The students listened to panel discussions with international trade experts from Jamaica representing the Caribbean, Panama representing Central American economies, through to Latin America countries from the biggest such as Argentina and Brazil through to Peru and Chile. Although they had booked one-to-one sessions with country representatives, students found that they had pre-prepared their questions so well, they were all answered during the panel discussions. 

Tutor Karen Cripps continues: "This industry-informed research will be really useful when students write up their own research findings with local businesses, as they will be able to draw on what they have learned about doing business in the Caribbean and Latin America. We're also very grateful to the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce who arranged for students to interview representatives from China and Japan.  It is so rewarding to be able to provide students with opportunities to apply classroom-based learning with industry experts, on a topic which is so interesting and relevant. Not only this but they are learning invaluable research, networking and communication skills”.   

HND Business student Arabella Truman commented: “I found the trip to be very beneficial and it really helped me to understand the risks and benefits of international trade. The people on the panel represented different countries in Latin America, and I found the amount of knowledge they have about these countries to be really interesting and useful. I had a list of questions that I wanted to be answered, and I’m pleased to say they all were. Now I know that this kind of networking events is a good platform to help your business”.  Varinder Bharaj and Maximillain Pettipher agreed that the event was really applicable to coursework, and provided first-hand experience of how businesses look to exporting abroad which is something they can feedback to their own friends and family.   

For further information on studying the HND Business Studies at Langley College please click here

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