Thursday, May 14, 2020

Young Freight Forwarders Get the Chance to 'Bake Off' on the Internet

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UK – It seems we were a little premature when we suggested recently that all operations of the British International Freight Association's (BIFA) Young Forwarders Network (YFN) were suspended due to the Covid-19 situation. Apparently it takes more than a global pandemic to stop young British freight forwarders from getting together, even if it's got to be a virtual event.

BIFA launched the YFN in March 2019 to create several regional networking groups, operated by young forwarders and intended to help early talent and young BIFA members develop their knowledge and professional skills, but in a more social environment.

Its success over the past 14 months has not gone unnoticed, with six regional groups established and over 20 networking events held, attended by hundreds of young individuals, and now it will be relaunched online with a virtual ‘Bake Off’, taking place on Wednesday May 27th, starting at 15:00. BIFA Director General, Robert Keen explained thus:

“Lockdown caused a halt to the networking activities of our Young Forwarder Network (YFN) shortly after it had celebrated a very successful first year of operation in March. The question for BIFA, was how could we keep the momentum going?

“We know that young people see the value in the YFN, so worked with YFN committee members and developed a plan to keep the network going, but online through video conferencing. The virtual ‘Bake Off’ will be the first of various online events that will be held including web-based quizzes, guest interviews, training masterclasses, Q&A sessions and so forth.”

The event will be hosted on the Zoom platform and should prove interesting given the number of young members who have supported the YFN so vigorously, and Carl Hobbis, BIFA’s training development manager, observed:

“Initially, we were obviously mindful that businesses, including ourselves, have had many new challenges due to Covid-19, and more pressing priorities. But the development of BIFA’s YFN continues to be of great importance, and via the use of video conferencing online, members of the regional groups will be able to interact with one another.

"Of course, this ‘Bake Off’ can’t be about taste, and will be about the ‘look’ of the baked item. Three judges have been appointed and participants will also be able to vote, the dreaded ‘Public Vote!’ The event will also give members of the local committees an opportunity to provide an update on future events and any member of the YFN can register HERE."