Friday, September 11, 2015

Young Freight Forwarder Winner Announced at FIATA Congress and Truck Scholarships Announced

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TAIWAN – ZAMBIA – AUSTRALIA – A boost for some youngsters involved in the logistics sector this past week with news of the winner of the FIATA Young Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) Award and three scholarships going to young automotive truck trainees. At a ceremony in Taipei this week the FIATA accolade went to the charming Daniella Smal of Zambia at the TT Club sponsored event.

The decision of the judges must have been a tough one as four high class candidates fought for the international title having already received their own national recognition. Mr Kaya Karakaya of Canada represented the Americas; Mr Madi Kassebekov from Kazakhstan the Asia/Pacific region and finally Englishwoman Ms Jennifer Taylor represented the European challenge.

The dissertation topics this year were of a particularly high standard. The work of the entrants as a whole admirably demonstrated the complexity of processes carried out within the global supply chain and the logistics skills required to serve it. The diverse subjects covered by the dissertations included the transport of Liquid Argon, Copper Cathodes, High Fashion Garments and an Air Separation Plant, a clear example of the variety of challenges the industry is facing to provide crucial trade services.

The TT Club sponsored award is presented in recognition of forwarding excellence and was established by FIATA seventeen years ago with the support of TT Club to encourage the development of quality training in the industry and to reward young talent with additional valuable training opportunities and enhanced visibility. The TT Club has remained a sponsor of the award since its inception and Claims Manager, Mike Yarwood who presented the Award said:

“We are proud to have been able to continue our sponsorship of this unique award into 2016. Once again, we hope that the competition will prove to be successful in terms of attracting outstanding candidates from across the globe. The quality of the dissertations and presentations this year were of the usual exceptional standard and it was clear that a lot of research, planning and hard work had gone into their preparation.”

President of FIATA, Francesco Parisi was equally ebullient when speaking at the Taipei FIATA Annual Congress at which the Award was presented saying:

“Learning is crucial for our young professionals to succeed in their career. This is the reason why over the years FIATA has maintained a proactive approach on logistics training by adopting the worldwide vocational training programme, where the Advisory Body Vocational Training (ABVT) ensures the compliance of FIATA’s well known standards. Now the FIATA Logistics Academy comes to assist with extensive promotion and networking in this area, with the assistance of the Foundation and its focus on developing countries and territories. The YIFFY Award contributes to making our ranks forward looking and capable of taking present and future challenges. I am proud of the support we get from the TT Club and hold it in great esteem.”

Meanwhile in Australia the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has announced the winners of the 2015 Cummins South Pacific TMC scholarships each of whom will also receive full delegate registration and accommodation at the 2015 PACCAR & Dealer Technical & maintenance Conference (TMC). ATA CEO Chris Melham commended every business who put forward a young staff member for the scholarship saying:

“It’s fantastic to see so many businesses training our next generation of workshop staff. These young people are the future of our industry. If your business has an outstanding young person in your workshop, I encourage you to consider taking them to TMC with you. It’s an incredible opportunity to develop their skills and expose them to the industry.”

TMC 2015 will run from Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 October at the Automotive Centre of Excellence at the Kangan Institute in Docklands, Melbourne. The 2015 scholarship recipients are:

• Gemma Hartwig, Ostwald Bros Transport

• Andrew Southern, Blenner’s Transport and Storage

• Jacob Woods, Divall’s Earthmoving and Bulk Haulage

Photo: Daniella Smal flanked by FIATA’s Francesco Parisi (L) and TT Club’s Mike Yarwood.