This week marks the 11th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2018) and with this occasion, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) would like to encourage its members to participate in a relevant international freight forwarding apprenticeship, which is awaiting final approval from the Government.
“The timing of the National Apprenticeship Week could not be better and we intend to be actively involved. Throughout next week we will be taking to social media to share useful tips and advice with employers and employees who are interested in learning more about apprenticeships,” said Carl Hobbis, BIFA’s training development manager.
The UK Department for Education has approved BIFA’s idea to develop a standard for a specific International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship. Even though the course assessment plan is still awaiting approval from the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA), the standard for the scheme has been approved.
The new apprenticeship is set at Level 3 (A Level) with a minimum duration of 18 months, aiming to provide students with core knowledge and skills such as industry awareness, customs procedures and commercial. Right at the beginning of the programme, apprentices will have to choose between air freight, ocean freight and road freight. Whichever pathway apprentices take, specific knowledge and skills will be acquired in addition to the three mandatory modules.
The theme for this year’s NAW is ‘Apprenticeships Work’, showcasing how apprenticeships work for individuals, for employers, for the community, and the benefits of the wider economy.
“To showcase and encourage take-up of the International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship, which will soon be available, BIFA is urging employers and apprentices to work together and celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more people to get into our industry via this route,” said Carl.
“We are encouraging BIFA members to play their part and promote forwarding as an interesting and exciting career. We hope that they will offer work experience opportunities and get involved with local schools and colleges, targeting influencers such as teachers and parents, and promoting the business at the same time,” he concluded.