Bringing commerce into the classroom

Last week we hosted a round table event bringing together representatives from the Department for International Trade, The Commercial Education Trust, SEMTA, techUK, DC Pro and the East Midlands International Trade Association to support the development of our new innovation pilot programme: Commerce in the Classroom.  

Future First has worked with over 1000 state schools across the UK, supporting them to build thriving and engaged alumni networks and communities of supporters. We have developed a volunteer base totalling more than 240,000 people eager to return to their former schools as relatable role models, broadening young people’s horizons and boosting their confidence.

Realising our unique ability to create networks of local accessible role models, we are now using our experience to launch an innovative pilot programme focusing on developing a network of volunteers from a specific sector: international trade.

As post-school pathways and career opportunities become increasingly complicated and varied it is important students are aware of opportunities in a constantly changing market and develop the skills required to enter into these fields.  As a growing industry, international trade offers a wide range of career opportunities for students.

From September onwards we are launching Commerce in the Classroom a programme connecting individuals in the sector to young people in schools across the South East and East of England. Through a series of workshops, we will introduce professionals from across commerce and international trade industries directly to students, exposing them to the range of employment and career opportunities available within the sector, broadening horizons and boosting their confidence.

If you work in international trade and are interested in becoming a volunteer we want to hear from you! You can  sign up to our network today. If you know someone working in the sector, please share this blog post.


If you would like to find out more about Commerce in the Classroom please email Head of Innovation & Learning or call 0207 239 8933.