Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Freight Forwarding Association Welcomes Extra Apprenticeship Cash

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UK – The news that extra government money for hiring new apprentices is now open for applications has been praised by the British International Freight Association (BIFA) which is encouraging its members to take advantage of the increased incentive payments that are now available.

The announcement on 1 June raised the bar on the payments meaning that from that date until 30 November the incentive payments equal £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who join their organisation from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice aged 16 to 18 years old or under 25 with an education, health and care plan, or who has been in the care of their local authority. Robert Keen, BIFA director general, said:

“We welcomed the boost to the apprenticeship incentive scheme when it was confirmed by the Chancellor in the Budget in March. Now, we are reminding members that since yesterday, employers of all sizes in England can apply for extra funding to help them take on new apprentices, with £3000 being made available for each new apprentice hired as a new employee.

“As one of the largest providers of freight forwarding and Customs-related training courses, BIFA is ready to help any of our members that are seeking to take advantage of the additional funding being made available to recruit apprentices. There is also a dedicated area of the BIFA website – https://apprentices.bifa.org/ - that can help both employers and potential recruits to better understand apprenticeship opportunities in the freight forwarding industry.”

Having been actively involved in the creation of an International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship, BIFA has committed to promote its availability since it was introduced in 2018. Carl Hobbis, BIFA’s Executive Director, who has management responsibility for BIFA’s training and development services, commented:

“The increased funding support is a good reason for our members to consider the apprenticeship pathway as a means of adding fresh talent to the industry. Given the much publicised shortage within the sector of staff with Customs processing knowledge, we are reminding members that whilst there are ten apprenticeship standards in the transport and logistics sector, the International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship is the only one with Customs as a mandatory module.

”For SMEs, the apprentice programme can cost as little as £450 per apprentice, and includes a BTEC qualification for the apprentice as well, which makes it great value. BIFA is committed to encouraging its members to capitalise on apprenticeship opportunities.”

Companies wishing to create a government apprenticeship account to obtain funding to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment costs can do so HERE.