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BIFA launches freight forwarding apprenticeship drive

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has launched a website to help both employers and recruits to better understand apprenticeship opportunities in the freight forwarding industry.

The development follows last year’s introduction of the International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship, which aims to provide more opportunities for young people in the industry.

The microsite includes case studies containing tips all from the experiences of BIFA members and their apprentices. There are also range of materials for employers including information about funding and hiring.

Advice for apprentices includes highlighting a myriad of career pathways as well as information about the International Freight Forwarding Specialist Apprenticeship scheme. It aims to help those seeking apprenticeships in freight forwarding and be a resource to find opportunities.

Carl Hobbis, BIFA’s Training Development Manager, said: “Having been actively involved in the creation of the apprenticeship, BIFA has committed to promote the availability of the new apprenticeship and encourage employers and potential entrants to consider this apprenticeship as a route into the industry.”

“After meeting with various employers, BIFA wanted to provide a support system that means its members have the accessible resources to enable them to confidently reach out and engage with local communities. The website aims to be a basis of materials to support them in doing so.”

“One of the big attractions of choosing a career in freight forwarding is the different pathways that your career could take you. On the microsite, visitors can read a range of case studies from established BIFA members which demonstrate some of those fascinating career paths. They can also see top tips from existing apprentices as to why an apprenticeship should be considered.”

The initiative follows BIFA’s recent addition of an apprentice category into the trade association’s annual Freight Service Awards competition, which was created to encourage and reward high standards and professionalism and represent the ultimate recognition of special achievement.

Robert Keen, BIFA’s Director General, said: “In 2018, freight apprenticeships came to the fore, and there has already been significant interest from both employers and candidates.

“If you need guidance to cut through all of the red-tape, the website provides a range of assets that can be used for attending careers or local community days, clarity on funding benefits and practical tips that can create a better chance of hiring the best talent.”

Davies Turner completes fresh apprentice intake

Freight forwarder and logistics company Davies Turner & Co Ltd has recruited another 11 youngsters for its trainee programme – now in its ninth successive year.

The new recruits will learn all aspects of Davies Turner’s business during the two-year apprenticeship, with the hope they will progress into management and supervisory roles as with previous intakes.

During the company’s national trainee scheme, participants spend time in all surface freight, supply chain management and logistics divisions, as well as gaining an overview at Davies Turner Air Cargo, plus central administration, IT and the accounts department.

Davies Turner Group Chairman, Philip Stephenson, said: “Apprenticeships for young people wishing to follow a career in freight forwarding are firmly back on the agenda in the UK following the recent introduction of the Apprentice Levy and Trailblazer Apprenticeships.

“However, having launched our own apprenticeship scheme nine years ago, you could say that we have been ahead of the curve on this important issue.

“We have also played a key role as a founder member of a forwarders employers’ group, facilitated by the British International Freight Association (BIFA). This has helped develop the new Freight Forwarding Apprenticeship standard, approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships earlier this year, of which UK freight companies can now take advantage.

“Davies Turner’s trainee scheme is clearly thriving and we have an excellent retention rate at the end of each course due to our mentoring system and determination to expose trainees to interesting and responsible career opportunities at the end of the apprenticeship.

“An apprenticeship with Davies Turner with hands-on experience of our wide-ranging and multimodal freight services, as well as our international logistics operations, offers an excellent foundation in learning all elements of the forwarding, storage and distribution industry.”