Monday, January 14, 2019

Young Apprentices Await Decision on Top Place at Freight Awards Ceremony

British Trade Awards Make Youngsters Nervous but Excited
Shipping News Feature
UK – Whilst anticipation is building for anyone who is a guest at this week's annual celebration which is the 30th BIFA Freight Service Awards luncheon, there are bound to be five youngsters in the audience who will doubtless be particularly excited, if not a little nervous, before the event. These are the candidates for the new Apprentice of the Year category at the British International Freight Association which is the second category aimed at young people within the industry, the Young Freight Forwarder Award having been running since 1999.

The new category, which is sponsored by Outsource Training & Development, was introduced following the launch of the International Freight Forwarding Specialist Apprenticeship in April 2018. Entrants were asked to provide a manager’s reference alongside their own personal statement about their progress to date, impressions of the industry and apprenticeship; and hopes for the future.

All the nominated candidates submissions were reviewed by a panel of judges and the shortlist of five finalists drawn-up. These finalists were invited to a face-to-face or telephone interview during December 2018 and the ultimate winner of this category, along with the winners of the other ten categories, will be announced at the 2019 Awards luncheon at the Brewery on Thursday, 17 January.

One of the most popular of this type of event due to both the quality of the hosts and the lunch itself this year sees double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes hosting what is already a sell-out with 500 guests due to attend. Robert Keen, BIFA’s Director General, observed:

“In 2018, freight apprenticeships came to the fore, and we are pleased that there has been keen interest in the new category.”