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Modal Training unveils forwarding academy plans

[ May 12, 2016   //   ]

Immingham-based Modal Training will open what it says will be the UK’s only freight forwarding academy and the first formal qualification for the industry in over 20 years.

The company, jointly funded by the Grimsby Institute and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, is set to open a training centre on Humberside in September or October this year. As well as offering training in areas such as crane driving, it will offer a forwarding qualification in four levels.

Modal managing director Patrick Henry said that while the qualification was still in the early stages of development, it could be offered as part of an NVQ or an apprenticeship.

It has been developed by sector lead Sue Chapman, who has worked for many years in forwarding. The qualification also has the support of BIFA, which wants to see a formal qualification reinstated after a gap of more than two decades, she added.

The qualification will initially be offered through a weekly classroom-based course, but could later be offered online, said Henry.

He added: “We have already had a lot of interest in this at Multimodal. Forwarding doesn’t want to be the only industry without any formal qualifications any longer.”