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Freight Forwarding apprenticeship ready to roll

[ April 26, 2018   //   ]

The International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship is now available for delivery following the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA)’s final approval. BIFA welcomed the news, saying that it would help boost recruitment to the industry.

Over the past 18 months, BIFA has been supporting a trailblazer group of employers from the sector to develop a standard for a specific International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship.
Set at Level 3 (A Level) with a minimum length of 18 months, the new apprenticeship will give students core knowledge and skills including industry awareness, customs procedures and commercial skills.
At the beginning of the programme, apprentices will also take one of three pathways; air freight, ocean freight or road freight, to reflect the focus of freight forwarders’ operations, each of which will provide specific knowledge and skills in addition to the three mandatory modules.
BIFA’s training development manager, Carl Hobbis, said: “This really is great news and a significant milestone and will definitely help us to attract more young people to the industry, It is a feather in the cap of those in the trailblazer group, which has been resolute in recognising the importance and potential value of a relevant apprenticeship that is specific to the forwarding sector.
“With customs legislation getting more complex, and the unknown landscape post-Brexit, it will be even more important to promote careers in our industry in many ways – and there’s no better way than through a relevant apprenticeship.”
He paid tribute to the trailblazer group’s work in demonstrating to the Department of Education and IfA that the processing of international trade documentation is vital to the UK economy and the demand for international trade skills is forecast to rise.
He predicted that the apprenticeship would help close the skills gap and address the acute staff shortage faced by the sector.
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