BIFA unveils network to foster young freight forwarder talent
THE British International Freight Association (BIFA) is establishing a new networking group, the BIFA Young Forwarders Network (YFN), aimed at supporting newbies in the sector
THE British International Freight Association (BIFA) is establishing a new networking group, the BIFA Young Forwarders Network (YFN), aimed at supporting newbies in the sector.
The launch will take place on March 6 during the upcoming 12th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2019) which will run from March 4 to 8, reported AJOT.
'The timing of the National Apprenticeship Week could not be better and we intend to be actively involved through the networking group. Throughout the week we will be taking to Twitter social media to share useful tips and advice with both employers and employees who are interested in learning more about apprenticeships in the industry,' said BIFA training development manager Carl Hobbis.
The theme for NAW2019 is 'Blaze a Trail.' Showcasing the benefits of apprenticeships to local communities, employers, individuals and the economy.
Said Mr Hobbis: 'The idea of the YFN is to create several regional networking groups, run by young forwarders and designed to help early talent and young BIFA members develop their knowledge and professional skills but in a more social environment.
'Initially, we will start with regional groups at London Heathrow, as well as in the northwest, the midlands, Anglia and the southeast - with more regions to follow. The events will give YFN members the opportunity to network with their peers and learn from industry professionals, at the same time, boosting their continuous professional development.
'Each networking group will have a chairperson and vice-chairperson and we will create a local organising committee, governed by at least two regional employers, as well as a BIFA representative.
'So far, every employer I've asked to get involved has been very supportive and extremely positive about its concept, the more that get involved the better.'
BIFA says that all apprentices participating in the International Freight Forwarding Specialist Apprenticeship scheme will automatically be invited to join. Membership of the YFN will count towards the 20 per cent off-the-job learning that apprentices must complete and membership is free.