Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Youngsters Within Freight Forwarding Offered a New Support Network

BIFA Lays on Face to Face Meetings for Aspiring Logistics Professionals
Shipping News Feature
UK – At a time when introducing young blood into the freight forwarding and logistics sector is a key topic, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) says it has now seen a successful launch for its new networking group, the BIFA Young Forwarders Network (YFN). Aimed at supporting individuals that have recently joined the logistics sector, the event, which was co-hosted with Outsource, part of the Seetec Group, was perfectly timed to link with the 12th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2019), which concluded last Friday.

BIFA has been positively evangelical in expounding the case for more talent to join the world of shipping and forwarding and has backed this up with its Young Freight Forwarder Award being reinforced this year with the addition of a new Apprentice of the Year category at the organisation’s annual Freight Services Awards, and which was also sponsored by Outsource, whose director Nichola Hay, commented:

“Outsource is supporting BIFA to make these events happen. This is a major step forward for the industry in developing its future freight forwarding ambassadors and leaders. Through these networks, young people will improve their knowledge of the sector, trends, as well as build their skill set and learn from others.”

At the FIATA World Congress in Delhi last October BIFA saw Louis Perrin, its own chosen candidate, pick up the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) Award demonstrating the value of supporting youth in the industry and Carl Hobbis, BIFA’s training development manager, observed:

“The turnout for the launch event was excellent and the participants seemed genuinely keen to have the opportunity to network with their peers and learn from industry professionals. The idea of the YFN is to create several regional networking groups, run by young forwarders and designed to help early talent and young BIFA members develop their knowledge and professional skills, but in a more social environment.

“The next event on 11 April will see the launch of the BIFA YFN regional group in the north west, during which participants will be provided with more details about the network and given an opportunity to discuss how they would like the north west regional group to work moving forward.”

The event is open to all; employers, apprentices, graduates or those new to the industry and will take place at The Botanist, Alderley Edge from 15:00 to 18:00 and more information can be seen here.

Photo: Carl Hobbis introduces the Young Forwarder Network.