Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Popular UK Freight Awards to Celebrate Young Talent with New Apprenticeship Recognition

Eleventh Logistics Category Added to BIFA Celebrations
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UK – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has added a new category celebrating apprentices to its annual Freight Service Awards Competition. The new Apprentice of the Year in Logistics category will recognise apprentices who are making a significant contribution to their workplace and shown a dedication to excel in their professional development and learning. This is the second specific Award targeting youngsters, with the Young Freight Forwarder of the Year Award already a much sought after accolade.

Sponsored by Outsource Training and Development, a leading provider of innovative training, education and recruitment, the winner of the new category will be the apprentice - or new recruit undergoing similar training with a member company - who in the view of the judges has added the most to their employer's business; who has taken a proactive and innovative approach to their career and are making a significant contribution in their workplace; and has shown a dedication to excel in their professional development and learning.

Judges will look for entries that showcase the difference the named apprentice has made to the organisation. They will want to see hard evidence on which to base their decisions and will be looking for examples that showcase the apprentice’s inspirational qualities, commitment to personal development and the contribution they have made.

In a year in which freight apprenticeships have come to the fore, BIFA anticipates that there will be keen interest in the new award. The Association was instrumental in helping to establish an employer’s ‘Trailblazer’ group, which has seen the launch of a new Level 3 Freight Forwarding Apprenticeship earlier this year.

To enter, candidates must either be currently undertaking, or have completed in the past two years, a professionally recognised apprenticeship framework, or standard in logistics, or freight forwarding. Entries can be at any apprenticeship level. If undertaking an apprenticeship, the candidate must have completed at least 8 months within the last 12 months (since February 1st 2018).

Nominations must be made by BIFA members who have an apprentice on a recognised apprenticeship framework or standard. They are required to complete the nomination form. Entries will not be accepted from individual apprentices themselves.

Entries to the Freight Service Awards, which are now in their 30th year, are currently open and will be hosted by double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes. BIFA Director General, Robert Keen commented:

“Is there a young apprentice in your company who went for gold and delivered a medal-performance for your business? If so, we strongly urge you to put them forward to form part of the starting line-up for the new award.

“Like all the BIFA Freight Service Awards, the new Apprentice of the Year category will encourage and reward high standards and professionalism and represent the ultimate recognition of special achievement.”

BIFA’s Freight Service Awards are open to all members of the trade association, which represents UK companies engaged in the international movement of freight by all modes of transport.

Sponsored by a number of blue chip companies, each of the eleven award categories is recognised as very prestigious and winning an award has become more coveted year-on-year. Recruitment Organisation, Corrigan Bentley; has become the eleventh company to join the line-up of category sponsors, following its agreement to sponsor the Ocean Services Award.

Whilst the deadline for entry to the new category is November 9th, companies that wish to enter the other ten categories are reminded that deadline for entry is October 8th.

The awards ceremony luncheon is one of the most popular annual events on the industry calendar. Once again the ceremonies will take place at The Brewery in London and on Thursday January 17th Dame Kelly Holmes will host more than 500 BIFA members and their guests. It will provide a valuable opportunity for attendees to acknowledge the winners as well as networking with people from within the industry. The BIFA Freight Service Awards are separated into eleven categories, as follows:

General categories

Modal categories

Specialist categories

Individual category