Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Freight Forwarding Experts Continue the Crusade to Introduce Youth Into Logistics

New Partnership Will Reinforce Work Already in Progress
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UK – There was a time, back in the Dark Ages before the Institute of Freight Forwarders transitioned into the British International Freight Association (BIFA), when it was seen by many as a very formal institution, conjuring up images of ageing Dickensian scribes with quill pens bent over dusty desks in their garret room offices.

How things have changed! The Association which represents the vast body of professional forwarders and logisticians is today seen as the modern influencer for ensuring the legacy of the profession through its work to encourage youth into an industry where the need for development and evolution requires the vitality which accompanies the input of fresh minds.

To complement its considerable recent works, including on apprenticeship and training schemes as well as its Young Forwarder Network BIFA has now launched a new partnership with Think Logistics to inspire the next generation of talent to join the sector. Carl Hobbis, executive director and training development manager at BIFA, commented:

“Our partnership with Think Logistics is part of a campaign to encourage BIFA members to work with schools to promote careers in logistics, forwarding and the supply chain, and encourage students to consider them. This has seen us equip our members with an array of ideas to encourage them to promote careers within the freight and logistics sector to students in their local community. We look forward to collaborating with other trade associations to showcase the sector to young people collectively and get active members of the Young Forwarder Network involved around the country.”

Governed by Career Ready, a UK-wide social mobility charity, Think Logistics works with schools and colleges to inspire and inform young people about the logistics sector with a range of activities and workplace experiences, all delivered by volunteers from the profession. The partnership with BIFA will enable BIFA members to access local schools and colleges to promote the profession and builds on the inspirational work being undertaken by the aforementioned Young Forwarder Network.

Career Ready is a UK-wide charity with a mission to help young people aged 11-18 kick start rewarding futures. In partnership with employers and schools it provides young people with a range of workplace experiences and support, including paid internships, skills masterclasses, mentoring, insight sessions, and workplace visits.

Since taking Think Logistics workshops online in the summer term of 2021, over 400 young people have benefited from hearing from the sector’s young professionals. 81% of learners said that, after the workshop, they were better aware of the breadth of the logistics sector and 96% were more aware of the many routes into the profession. Bethany Windsor, operations manager for Career Ready and Think Logistics, says:

“The partnership with BIFA has never been more important. The shortage of customs professionals, for example, represents a wonderful opportunity for young people to step into the sector and kick start their careers. It’s absolutely vital that we share the great opportunities available in the sector for young people, for whom logistics is often a hidden sector. This partnership will help achieve this and we’re delighted to be working with BIFA to inspire the next generation of young talent to ‘think logistics’.”

To find out more about the opportunities offered contact bethany.windsor@careerready.org.uk