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BIFA hails UK government plan to invest in employment programme

THE British International Freight Association (BIFA) has welcomed the package of measures unveiled by the government to encourage employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships

12 July 2020 - 19:00

THE British International Freight Association (BIFA) has welcomed the package of measures unveiled by the government to encourage employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships.

'Whilst our members are currently rightly focused on significant business continuity, we welcome the additional funding.' said BIFA director general Robert Keen.



'We are ready to help any of our members that are willing to capitalise on the funding being made available to either recruit apprentices; make traineeships available; or increase training for existing employees,' he said.



Mr Keen said BIFA is currently delivering courses via video conferencing, due to the Covid-19 crisis preventing face-to-face training.



Said BIFA training chief Carl Hobbis: 'BIFA is committed to promoting its availability since it was introduced in 2018. We will continue to encourage employers and potential entrants to consider this apprenticeship as a route into the industry.



'There is a dedicated area of the BIFA website - apprentices.bifa.org - that can help both employers and potential recruits to better understand apprenticeship opportunities in freight forwarding,' said Mr Hobbis.



Said Mr Keen: 'We will also be reminding our members, that in addition to the financing already announced, last month the government made available an additional GBP50 million (US$63.1 million) to accelerate growth of the UK's customs intermediary sector via training, with applications for the new funding being open since the start of this month.'.


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