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Apprentice Standard

Since mid-2016, BIFA supported a group of employers developing a relevant apprenticeship in the Freight Forwarding sector. The standard for the International Freight Forwarding Specialist Apprenticeship scheme was approved on 20 April 2018.

International Freight Forwarding Specialist

Level 3

Set at Level 3 (A Level) with a minimum duration of 18 months, the new apprenticeship will provide students with core knowledge and skills including; industry awareness, customs procedures and commercial. At the beginning of the programme, apprentices will also be given one of three pathways; air freight, ocean freight or road freight, to reflect the focus of our member’s operations. Whichever pathway apprentices take, specific knowledge and skills will be acquired in addition to the three mandatory modules.

You can view the standard here

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been involved in creating the standard:
Kuehne+Nagel, Davies Turner, DHL, Metro Shipping, Hellmann, Neon Freight, OIA Global, DSV Air & Sea, Dachser, DB Schenker, Panalpina, Intelligent Global Logistics, Maltacourt and Yusen Logistics.

Are you looking for an apprenticeship?

One of the big attractions of choosing a career in Freight Forwarding is the different pathways that your career could take you. Here you can read a range of case studies from established BIFA Members supporting this. You can also see top tips from existing apprentices as to why you should consider it.

Industry Insights from apprentices

My apprenticeship has given me a solid understanding of the world of shipping and I really feel like I will work in this industry for life. I have gained a wide range of experience which will continue to grow throughout my career.

Ruby

Working in this industry is very challenging and exciting, the thrill of winning your first account and doing your first shipment is a great feeling. I would encourage anyone to work in this industry, it’s completely different to your standard admin job.

Jamie

Industry Insights from employers

Kuehne + Nagal are proud to have led the creation of an apprenticeship that will bring the next generation of freight forwarders into the sector. We look forward to welcoming more apprentices into our business year on year.

Scott Powell, National Director, Freight Forwarding, Kuehne + Nagel

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