Press release

Trafigura Pte Ltd launches its Global Commodity Trading Apprentice programme in Singapore

Published on8 Nov 2017

Singapore, 8th November 2017 - Trafigura Pte Ltd (“Trafigura”), one of the world’s leading independent commodity trading and logistics companies, has today launched its Global Commodity Trading Apprentice programme which is supported by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, the Singaporean Government agency driving trade.


Today, Trafigura welcomed Ms Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Trade and Industry as guest of honour at an event in its commodity trading office in Singapore.  The launch was attended by Polytechnic Principals, Careers Advisors, Heads of Junior Colleges and student representatives.


Following a pilot programme, the company will offer A-level and diploma graduates the opportunity to join its Singapore, Geneva or Houston office from January 2018 as part of its one year Global Commodity Trading Apprenticeship Programme.  Programme apprentices will join a business function (Deals Desk,Operations,Trade Finance,Mid or Downstream SupplyWarehousing and Logistics) with a strong support system from dedicated members of staff, to develop the skills and competencies necessary to build their career in the commodities trading industry.  The intention is to fast track the apprentices to join the company’s highly competitive Global Graduate Programme, which gives future unlimited opportunities within the Trafigura group.


“Our apprentice programme will show the value of skills-based qualifications for A-level and diploma qualified students who have chosen not to go to university and are passionate about finding a rewarding and exciting career path,” said Mr Tan Chin Hwee, Trafigura’s Asia Pacific CEO.  “A university degree is now not the only path into an exciting career in the commodities industry.”


Ms Amreeta Eng, Group Director for Trade Promotion, IE Singapore said, “Singapore is Asia’s leading commodity trading hub and talent development will be a key driver for its continued growth.  We are heartened that Trafigura has launched its Global Commodity Trading Apprentice Programme in Singapore. This enterprise-level apprenticeship complements existing training programmes we have established with the industry and Higher Institutes of Learning in Singapore, adding to new opportunities for students to join the commodity trading industry and strengthening our trading talent pool.”




For further information please contact:

Trafigura’s Global Press Office - Tel: +41 22 592 45 28 or

Or - Joy Fong, Ruder Finn Asia - Tel: +65 6235 4495 or

For more information on the Apprenticeship Programme –

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Notes to Editors

Founded in 1993, Trafigura is one of the largest physical commodities trading groups in the world. Trafigura sources, stores, transports and delivers a range of raw materials (including oil and refined products and metals and minerals) to clients around the world. The trading business is supported by industrial and financial assets, including 49.6 percent owned global oil products storage and distribution company Puma Energy; global terminals, warehousing and logistics operator Impala Terminals; Trafigura's Mining Group; 50 percent owned DT Group which specialises in logistics and trading; and Galena Asset Management. The Company is owned by around 600 of its 4,100 employees who work in 61 offices in 36 countries around the world. Trafigura has achieved substantial growth over recent years, growing revenue from USD12 billion in 2003 to USD98.1 billion in 2016. The Group has been connecting its customers to the global economy for more than two decades, growing prosperity by advancing trade.