Forwarding, Freight News

BIFA launches apprentice microsite

[ February 5, 2019   //   ]

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has launched a dedicated website – – to highlight apprenticeship opportunities in freight forwarding.
It follows last year’s introduction of the International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship. The microsite includes case studies and tips from the experiences of BIFA members and their apprentices and information about funding. Advice for apprentices includes highlighting career pathways as well as information about the apprenticeship scheme.
BIFA’s training development manager, Carl Hobbis, 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.”
BIFA’s director general, Robert Keen, added: “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.”

With the forthcoming National Apprenticeship Week on 4-8 March, said Keen: “Too many companies leave their recruitment planning until the summer – but the ‘early talent’ that are potential candidates have already made their career choices.”