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Young Forwarders hit a half-century

[ April 16, 2021   //   ]

The British International Freight Association’s Young Forwarder Network (YFN) has held 50 events, two years after it was launched in March 2019, despite the disruption caused by Covid-19 and Brexit

In its first year, 741 individuals attended 28 events organised by the YFN, which included regional launch events, airport and port tours, as well as talks by industry professionals.

Membership is free and open to any employee of a BIFA Member company.

In March 2020, COVID-19 led to the first national lockdown, which caused a temporary hiatus in planning, but events recommenced online in May 2020 with a virtual bake-off.

In the past 12 months, 1,222 participants have attended 23 online events with the 50th event, a virtual port tour of DP World London Gateway, taking place yesterday, attracting a record 108 participants.

BIFA Executive Director responsible for training and development, Carl Hobbis, said: “The young people who are participating in the events are improving their knowledge of the sector, trends within it, as well as building their skill sets and learning from others.”

Robert Keen, Director General of BIFA added: “We now need more BIFA members to take heed of this opportunity by encouraging attendance at YFN events; and making greater efforts to promote the freight forwarding and logistics sector in their locality.”

Hobbis concluded: “As we aim for a century of events, hopefully, we will be able to hold some in a face-to-face, more social environment, just like in the first 12 months of the YFN.”