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NAW is the time to think apprenticeships, urges BIFA – updated

[ March 2, 2018   //   ]

With the imminent arrival of an international freight forwarding apprenticeship, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) is encouraging its members to participate in the 11th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) on 5-9 March.
BIFA has been supporting a trailblazer group of employers from the freight and logistics sector, which was given the green light by the UK Department for Education to develop a standard for a specific International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship.
Although final approval for the course assessment plan is awaited from the Institute for Apprenticeships, the standard for the scheme has been approved. When the former has been approved, the apprenticeship will be available for delivery – possibly as early as next week.
Set at Level 3 (A Level) with a minimum duration of 18 months, the new apprenticeship will provide students with core knowledge and skills including; industry awareness, customs procedures and commercial.
At the beginning of the programme, apprentices will also be given one of three pathways; air freight, ocean freight or road freight, giving specific knowledge and skills in addition to the three mandatory modules.
BIFA’s training development manager, said: “The new apprenticeship landscape can be a minefield and our members have asked for advice on how to start the process, from planning to recruitment and even attending local careers fairs.
“We have listened to their comments and have now begun working on some exciting new ideas to support BIFA Members and promote the new freight forwarding apprenticeship and the logistics industry as a whole.”

He added that the timing of NAW could not be better and we intend to be actively involved and BIFA would use social media to share useful tips and advice with employers and employees.

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