ICC Academy expands reach through capacity building initiatives

Singapore, 1 March: In today’s global and technology-driven economy, keeping up to date with current trends and practices is no longer a choice, but a necessity. From students needing to enhance employability to businesses striving to meet the changing requirements of stakeholders and gain competitive edge, everyone needs access to flexible and innovative transformative learning.

That is why the ICC Academy works to bring the expertise of the world business organization—the International Chamber of Commerce—directly to corporates, universities, banks, and other establishments around the world. With four industry-recognised certifications, a variety of specialised videos and a series of accredited events offering training recognition, we help fill the knowledge gap for diverse sectors using our international training model and dynamic digital learning platform.

Encouraging the workforce of tomorrow
Traditional colleges and universities are up against an array of challenges, including higher tuition fees, budget cuts and course shortages. To better accommodate students and teachers and bolster the workforce of the future, the ICC Academy has teamed up with universities, such as the Singapore Management University (SMU), and government bodies, such as the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), to integrate our online trade programmes into their higher education curriculums. Currently, more than 20 universities across Asia are using the ICC Academy’s e-learning platform.

“A future-ready programme requires future-ready curriculums. We’re glad to have partnered with the ICC Academy to offer e-learning topics on trade finance and cross-border trade on a robust online learning system that can be assessed anywhere and anytime,” said Christopher Chow, Deputy Director of the International Trading Institute at SMU.

Building our network for better flexibility
We are not alone in our mission. By building key relationships with like-minded institutes and organisations, including the Indian Banks Association (IBA), London Institute for Banking and Finance (LIBF), Singapore Institute for Banking and Finance (IBF) and Workforce Development Agency (WDA), we not only enhance professional thinking and practice to improve the overall quality of sector know-how but also make qualification simpler and easier.

“As a long-term strategic partner, we have worked hand-in-hand with the ICC Academy to raise awareness of the importance of international trade finance to the global economy, as well as to promote professionalism among its practitioners. As such, recognition of the ICC Academy’s specialist e-learning trade finance programmes marks an important step towards further strengthening the scope of professional qualifications within the sector and will add flexibility for those working within it,” said David Morrish, the Finance Relationship Director of International Trade Finance Qualifications at The London Institute of Banking.

Meeting the demand of businesses worldwide
In today’s ever-changing work climate, more and more companies are looking to engage their employees to help them be the best that they can be. The ICC Academy is proud to work alongside leading companies, such as  ABSA Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Commerzbank and DB Schenker Logistics—who are choosing to invest in their workforce and cultivate talent-rich environments.

“ADB is glad to have partnered with the ICC Academy in providing online global trade and supply chain finance training. With the training’s initial phase, which incorporated two trade finance certifications, the Global Trade Certification and Certified Trade Finance Professional, we have successfully trained 150 professionals from more than 80 Trade Finance Programme partner banks,” said Steven Beck, Head of Trade Finance at the Asian Development Bank.

For those looking to bring internationally-recognised programmes to their city, country or region, please contact the ICC Academy.

Priyanka Satapathy
Marketing & Events Manager
ICC Academy