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BIFA moves industry training online

[ May 11, 2020   //   ]

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is taking its industry training programme online using web-based video conferencing from 1 June.
Over the past month, the association’s four-strong training team has been modifying the course content so that it can be delivered by video conferencing in a virtual classroom setting. All the interactive online training will feature live trainers and delegates will receive workbooks for each module.
Initially, the online training programme will consist of 18 freight and customs-related topics spread over nine modules, with more subjects to be added in time.
Director General, Robert Keen explains: “In order to keep up this success in training activities during the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis, we have made the decision to replicate almost our entire course range and deliver it via video conferencing.
“All the topics are short sessions, not designed to be delivered in one day, so they are very adaptable, which we think is more suitable for business. We could also tailor a package specifically for members, combining the different modules.”
He added: “The good news is that government guidance allows furloughed employees to engage in training, provided that whilst undertaking the training the employee does not provide service to, or generate revenue for, or on behalf of their organisation.”
Carl Hobbis, BIFA training development manager said that the online courses could become a permanent part of its training calendar in the future: “One of the outcomes of the Covid-19 pandemic is that people have embraced web-based solutions due to remote working, so I feel that people will think twice about travelling for meetings and classroom training in the future.
“Whilst it is difficult to beat a live face-to-face session with a trainer, this hybrid solution is much better that solo eLearning, or a webinar.”