Insights BIFA launches networking group for young freight forwarders
08 March 2019

BIFA launches networking group for young freight forwarders

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The British International Freight Association (BIFA), is launching a new networking group, the BIFA Young Forwarders Network (YFN), aimed at supporting individuals that have recently joined the sector.

The event was co-hosted with Outsource, part of the Seetec Group, at Harlequins Rugby ground this week. The launch was perfectly timed to link with the 12th National Apprenticeship Week which runs 4 - 8 March which showcases the benefits of apprenticeships to both businesses and apprentices.

“The timing of the National Apprenticeship Week could not be better, and we intend to be actively involved through the networking group. Throughout the week we will be taking to Twitter social media to share useful tips and advice with both employers and employees who are interested in learning more about apprenticeships in the industry,” commented Carl Hobbis, BIFA’s training development manager.

Carl added: “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.

“Initially, we will start with regional groups at London Heathrow; as well as in the North West; the Midlands; Anglia and the South East – with more regions to follow. The events will give YFN members the opportunity to network with their peers and learn from industry professionals, at the same time, boosting their continuous professional development.

“Each networking group will have a chairperson and vice-chairperson, and we will create a local organising committee, governed by at least two regional employers, as well as a BIFA representative.

“So far, every employer I’ve asked to get involved has been very supportive and extremely positive about its concept, the more that get involved the better.”

Speaking at the event Nichola Hay, Director Outsource added: “Outsource is passionate about 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. The network will start to change the culture of the sector, developing pipeline leaders with those skills to be able to step straight into management. Through these networks, young people will improve their knowledge of the sector, trends, build their skill set and learn from others. I look forward to this being the first of many networks.”

For more information on BIFA, or the YFN, please visit their website. To learn more about National Apprenticeship Week, follow #NAW2019.