Monday, June 29, 2020

Young Freight Forwarders Get Free Virtual Training in Customs Procedures

Bite Size Sessions for Networking Group
Shipping News Feature

UK – As a logistics sector organisation one of the key parts of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) remit is to commit to the delivery of industry training not only to members, but also to international traders. Despite the difficulties of the current pandemic, last month BIFA emphasised its commitment to maintain the status quo as far as possible with an announcement that training would be available online.

After building a strong presence with six regional groups established and over 20 networking events held, attended by hundreds of young individuals prior to the lockdown, BIFA’s Young Forwarder Network (YFN) has kept up interest with events like the recent ‘Bake Off’ competition and now will itself feature some free ‘bite-size’ training run by BIFA trainers, Graeme Wilkinson and Carl Hobbis.

Set to take place online on Wednesday July 8th, the training will be focused around Customs Procedures Codes and will be available exclusively to members of the YFN. Carl Hobbis, BIFA’s training development manager says:

“The development of BIFA’s YFN continues to be of great importance, and as always with YFN events, using the video conferencing online tool will enable participants to build-up their professional network and learn more about the industry. We intend to make this training session fun, interactive and all participants will receive a BIFA certificate to count towards their Continuing Professional Development.”

Any youngsters in the freight forwarding profession who work for member companies get the chance to not only learn for free, but to make contacts who may well serve them well for many years to come in what has been created as a more social environment than that of a standard trade set up. BIFA Director General, Robert Keen commented:

“Our YFN is important to young people, so it is great that the network committee members are continuing to work together remotely to develop a plan to keep the network going during this unforeseen time. We have plans for a series of various online events for the YFN. Our recent virtual port tour, and an online quiz were both a great success and we have guest interviews, Q&A sessions and so forth all still to come.”