Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Young Freight Forwarding Network Formed of Regional Groups Working in a Social Environment

BIFA Youngsters Get to Talk Together and Decide Future Policy
Shipping News Feature
UK – Whilst just about every sector of the logistics industry, from road haulage operators to pick and pack operations, are desperately seeking ways to address the skills shortage, the outfit which represents the country's freight forwarding community, the British International Freight Association (BIFA), is getting on with finding a way to encourage youngsters to excel in their chosen profession.

Initiated in March this year, BIFA has just concluded the initial series of meetings that have been taking place as part of the launch its Young Forwarder Network (YFN). The YFN is aimed at getting the young members to learn from their peers via networking sessions designed to extend their knowledge in all areas of the trade.

BIFA has arranged the network as a cellular operation linking various regional groups which have now been established in different parts of the UK, and in Birmingham yesterday the launch of the BIFA YFN regional group in the Midlands took place.

At each event in this initial series participants were provided with more details about the YFN and given an opportunity to discuss how they would like their regional groups to operate going forwards. Having now concluded events in the four regions with the largest BIFA membership, the trade association for UK freight forwarders is now considering how best to add groups in other UK regions. Carl Hobbis, BIFA’s training development manager, explained:

“The turnout for the final event was excellent and the participants seemed genuinely keen to have the opportunity to network with their peers and learn from industry professionals. We have had a really good response to the launch of the YFN and each event has assisted in the development of future freight forwarding ambassadors and leaders for the sector.

“By creating several regional networking groups, run by young forwarders, the YFN aims to help early talent and young BIFA members develop their knowledge and professional skills, but in a more social environment.”

Photo: Left to Right - The governors and chairs of Midlands region: Scott Powell (Europa), Colin Smith (Metro Shipping), Chadd Blunt (Millennium Cargo), Jay Williams and Julian Frattaroli (both Kuehne+Nagel).