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.”