About the programme - Department of International Trade

Job Title

International Trade Trainee


London and Darlington


Minimum 5 x GCSEs including English Language and Maths (or level 2 equivalent) at grade C and above (or the new grade 4 and above).

Level of security clearance required for the role

Successful candidates must hold, or be willing to obtain, security clearance to SC level.

Grade and Salary

Higher Executive Officer (HEO)

HEOs may have exposure to supervising  a team or a specialist area to lead.

Equivalent job titles outside of the civil service may be Supervisor, Team Leader,  Senior Advisor, Office Manager.

National – £28,070 – £31,824

London – £31,804 – £35,557

Contract Type

Two-year development programme

Your overseas placement

For your six-month overseas posting, you’ll work in one of DIT’s 127 offices based across the world to support UK trade policy, exports and investment.


The Department for International Trade (DIT) secures UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment and championing free trade. We have four priority outcomes:

  • Secure world-class free trade agreements and reduce market access barriers,
  • Deliver economic growth to all the nations and regions of the UK through attracting inward investment;
  • Support UK business to take full advantage of trade opportunities
  • Champion the rules-based international trading system and operate the UK’s new trading system, including protecting UK businesses from unfair trade practices.

We are united by a common set of values and expectations for our staff to be expert, engaged, enterprising and inclusive.

Here, your personality and passion for trade matters more to us than your employment history. That’s why, even if you haven’t worked in international business or government before, you could be the perfect fit for our exciting International Trade Development Programme.

Naturally, after two years with us, you’ll have plenty of impressive experience to add to  your CV. But more importantly, you’ll be on your way to becoming one of the very best  international trade professionals.

You’ll spend 18 months in UK based teams, working with other  government departments to develop specific goals and policies for international trade  and market access agreements, you’ll be part of a group building its capacity as a  world-leading trade policy organisation.

You will also work with colleagues in the UK and abroad who find and create demand for British goods, services and inward investment opportunities. You’ll see how they’re fulfilling this demand by finding and creating a supply of export-ready UK businesses and inward  investment opportunities, and by helping UK businesses to export.

What you’ll do

Our two-year programme is made up of three separate work placements:

  • Spend two nine-month placements in UK based teams, working on Trade Policy, Strategy and Investment or UK Trade and Exports.
  • Spend six months working overseas.

In return for your commitment and interest, we’ll teach you all sorts of vital skills, including:

  • Researching and developing new policy thinking. Policy helps an organization to achieve its objectives by  providing a set of principles, rules and guidelines that are used as the basis for making decisions. 
  • Follow the link to read more about Trade Policy
  • Building relationships with contacts in partner markets.
  • Reporting orally and in writing on the policy and projects you’re  involved in.
  • Handling Parliamentary and public correspondence.
  • Working with stakeholders across government and beyond.

You will also complete a Level 4 Diploma in International Trade with the Institute of Export and International Trade. 

On successful completion of your end point assessment, you will be appointed as a permanent Senior Executive Officer in DIT.