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BIFA urges freight youngsters to go for gold

[ September 28, 2018   //   ]

BIFA is to add a new Apprentice of the Year in Logistics category to its annual Freight Service Awards.
The winner of the new award – sponsored by Outsource Training and Development – will be the apprentice – or new recruit undergoing similar training with a member company – who has added the most to their employer’s business; who has taken a proactive and innovative approach to their career and are making a significant contribution in their workplace; and has shown a dedication to excel in their professional development and learning.BIFA director general, Robert Keen asks: “Is there a young apprentice in your company who went for gold and delivered a medal-performance for your business? If so, we strongly urge you to put them forward to form part of the starting line-up for the new award.”
He adds: “Like all the BIFA Freight Service Awards, the new Apprentice of the Year category will encourage and reward high standards and professionalism and represent the ultimate recognition of special achievement.”
Judges will look for entries that showcase the difference the named apprentice has made to the organisation. They will want to see hard evidence on which to base their decisions  and will be looking for examples that showcase the apprentice’s inspirational qualities, commitment to personal development and the contribution they have made.
In a year in which freight apprenticeships have come to the fore, BIFA anticipates that there will be keen interest in the new award. The Association was instrumental in helping to establish an employer’s ‘Trailblazer’ group, which has seen the launch of a new Level 3 Freight Forwarding Apprenticeship earlier this year.
Candidates must either be currently undertaking, or have completed in the past two years, a professionally recognised apprenticeship framework, or standard in logistics, or freight forwarding.
Entries can be at any apprenticeship level. If undertaking an apprenticeship, the candidate must have completed at least 8 months within the last 12 months (since February 1st 2018).
Nominations must be made by BIFA members who have an apprentice on a recognised apprenticeship framework or standard. (Entries will not be accepted from individual apprentices themselves.)
A nomination form is available at:
Entries to the Freight Service Awards, which are now in their 30th year, are currently open and will be hosted by double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes at The Brewery in London on Thursday 17 January next year –