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There’s never been a better time to take on a freight apprentice, says BIFA

[ June 2, 2021   //   ]

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) says that further government support for apprentice recruitment is now available.
Since 1 June, employers of all sizes in England can apply for extra funding to help them take on new apprentices, said BIFA, which is encouraging its members to take advantage of the increased incentive payments.
BIFA director general, Robert Keen, said: “We welcomed the boost to the apprenticeship incentive scheme when it was confirmed by the Chancellor in the Budget in March. Now, we are reminding members that employers of all sizes in England can apply for extra funding to help them take on new apprentices, with £3,000 being made available for each new apprentice hired as a new employee from 1 April until 30 September.”
BIFA’s Executive Director with management responsibility for training and development services, Carl Hobbis, added: “The increased funding support is a good reason for our members to consider the apprenticeship pathway as a means of adding fresh talent to the industry.”
Having been actively involved in the creation of an International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship, BIFA has committed to promote its availability since it was introduced in 2018.
Mr Hobbis adds: “Given the much publicised shortage within the sector of staff with Customs processing knowledge, we are reminding members that whilst there are ten apprenticeship standards in the transport and logistics sector, the International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship is the only one with Customs as a mandatory module.”
Mr Keen also pointed out: “As one of the largest providers of freight forwarding and Customs-related training courses, BIFA is ready to help any of our members that are seeking to take advantage of the additional funding being made available to recruit apprentices.
“There is also a dedicated area of the BIFA website – – that can help both employers and potential recruits to better understand apprenticeship opportunities in the freight forwarding industry.”
Mr Hobbis concludes: “The apprentice programme can cost as little as £450 per apprentice, and includes a BTEC qualification for the apprentice as well, which makes it great value.”