BIFA customs training receives CPD accreditation

BIFA customs training receives CPD accreditation

Freight forwarder business group the British International Freight Association (BIFA) has announced that both of its Customs-related training courses now have official Continuous Professional Development (CPD) accreditation.

BIFA’s Training Development Manager Carl Hobbis commented: “Getting your courses CPD accredited to prove that they have a structured, practical and methodical approach is essential.

“It indicates to employers and HR practitioners that the courses have reached a certain standard. It gives them confidence that by sending their staff on one of our courses those employees will be obtaining and developing the skills to maintain a sustainable and competitive advantage.

“As you would expect, we have seen a massive surge in Customs training enquiries so to have both courses accredited is fantastic news. We also have our one-day Introduction to Import and Export course accredited and will also have accreditation for all apprentice activities as well, such as behind-the-scene tours and networking events.”

BIFA blazes a trail for networking

BIFA is launching a new networking group this week, the BIFA Young Forwarders Network (YFN), aimed at supporting individuals that have recently joined the sector.

The launch will take place on Wednesday (6 March) during the 12th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2019) which runs from today (4 March) until Friday.

Carl Hobbis continued: “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,” 

The theme for NAW2019 is ‘Blaze a Trail’ - showcasing the benefits of apprenticeships to local communities, employers, individuals and the economy.

Hobbis 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.”

BIFA says that all apprentices participating in the International Freight Forwarding Specialist Apprenticeship scheme will automatically be invited to join – everyone is welcome. Membership of the YFN will count towards the 20% off-the-job learning that apprentices must complete and membership is free.