Thursday, February 2, 2017

Survey Regarding Apprentice Freight Forwarding Scheme Needs Your Help

Logistics Professionals Asked to Comment Very Urgently
Shipping News Feature
UK – Time is fast running out for those who wish to express an opinion regarding the idea that a specific Apprenticeship Standard for an International Freight Forwarding Operative is made available. The standard is one of a package of such under consideration for a wide range of industries and the International Freight Association (BIFA) has been encouraging the employer group behind the idea. Freight forwarders and other logistics professionals are now being asked to urgently provide the broader support necessary to encourage the authorities to accept the initiative as worthwhile.

The employer group responsible has recently submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) but before the Department for Education makes its final decision and, as part of the assessment process, it is inviting you to comment on proposals to develop new Apprenticeship Standards, before a decision is made on whether to approve them for further development – but hurry the deadline is Sunday 5th February. Robert Keen, BIFA director general, observed:

“Not only do we need to attract more young people to the industry, but it is vital that we have an apprenticeship that is relevant to their day-to-day work. The group have done some great work to get to the EOI point, now it is really important we show our support for the submission, which will greatly benefit our industry, by getting as many people as possible to complete this online survey.”

Access to the survey is available HERE where you can say if you support the idea, whether it would take a year for an apprentice to become competent and whether you feel there are already schemes available which are similar.