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UK Freight Association reintroduces face-to-face training programme

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has confirmed that some of its extensive portfolio of training courses will return to being conducted in person, as it strengthens the team of people that deliver that training.

“Delegates have shown their appreciation for being able to complete our various courses online since classroom training was suspended in March 2020. They have also expressed their desire to receive face-to-face training. Hence, we plan to reintroduce classroom sessions from late April 2022,” explained executive director Carl Hobbis, who has overall responsibility for BIFA’s training activities. “Whilst we will recommence face-to-face training, our successful online training courses will continue.”

The first course to return to the classroom on 27 April 2022 at Heathrow, will be Customs Essentials. This is a one-day course that provides knowledge around the key customs documentation and regimes. It is ideal for someone with a basic understanding of the industry.

There will be a return to the classroom for BIFA’s four-day BTEC Intermediate Award in Customs Export and Import Procedures, commencing in May. This course is designed for those that would prefer a formal qualification and covers a wide range of customs-related topics.

On 26 May 2022, BIFA’s Freight Forwarding Essentials course will re-commence in person. This one-day course is ideal for someone new to the industry and provides a basic knowledge around the key documentation, modes of transport, insurance, bookings, charges and consolidations.

Hobbis added: “Despite having to deliver our entire portfolio of courses online in 2021, it was an excellent year for the trade association’s training programme, culminating in our decision to appoint an additional full-time trainer to our training delivery team.”

Lisa Rose has joined BIFA as trainer – freight and customs procedures, giving the trade association a four-strong team based in Manchester, Birmingham and Feltham, which will enable it to deliver more training days for its members during 2022.

Rose, who joins BIFA from Intelligent Global Logistics, will be based in the Midlands, and has over 20 years of experience in freight forwarding and logistics. This includes management and supervisory roles, including branch manager, covering sales, customs, customer service, documentation, special projects, and key account management. Prior to Intelligent Global Logistics, she worked in senior roles at Air Menzies International for over a decade.

Hobbis said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Lisa to the team that delivers our freight and customs training. She has extensive industry experience, and in 2020 achieved a distinction in BIFA’s BTEC in Customs Export and Import Procedures, so has practical experience of the trade association’s training activities. Having her onboard will help us to further demonstrate that BIFA’s freight and customs training programmes are the most engaging in the industry.”

BIFA director general, Robert Keen said: “Our previous prediction that Brexit, the switch from CHIEF to CDS, and the development of a relevant freight forwarding apprenticeship, would lead to a significant increase in the demand for our training programmes, has been proved correct. We hope to see more of our members start to take on more apprentices and Lisa’s appointment strengthens the team to have the resources in place to handle any further increase in demand that accompanies the growth in apprentice employment.”

CILT gears up for Virtual Careers Fair

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) will host its second annual Virtual Careers Fair on November 6th.

From the comfort of their own home, students and job-seekers are invited to discover how they can break into the logistics profession by watching a live stream of the event via the Institute’s Facebook page.

CILT says the premise for the event is simple – if you ask a teenager what career they are working towards, the odds of them saying ‘logistics and transport’ are alarmingly slim. It says we’ve all heard of how today’s professionals did not plan to step into logistics and transport; instead, fell into their chosen career. Now, as the skills gap looms, CILT says it’s more important than ever before that the industry stops relying on accidents to deliver the next generation of talented individuals.

Recruiters and industry experts will be on hand to inspire future logisticians and promote the sector to a new wave of professionals. A number of recruiters and organisations will be returning to the small screen, including Sainsbury’s, XPO Logistics, DHL and Gleeson Recruitment have signed up, along with newcomers Rolls-Royce, Kuehne + Nagel, the Royal Air Force, Gefco and more.

Students will be able to interact with these organisations and high-profile industry professionals, at no cost, and will ‘gain a head start in understanding the profession and learn more about the opportunities available within the worlds of logistics and transport’.

Richard Atkinson, Director of Engagement, CILT, said: “The next generation is imperative in any industry, especially in a sector like ours that stands between commerce and chaos, literally keeping the UK moving and underpinning our economy. The success of last year’s Virtual Careers Fair was unprecedented, with more than 1,500 people streaming this ground-breaking event live on Facebook. The future success of our profession relies on how well we communicate the opportunities that exist within logistics and transport. I encourage all of our universities to spread the word of this unique Careers Fair to their students and engage with this vital profession.”