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Why Choose Freight Forwarding?

If you’re ambitious and looking for a diverse and exciting career that can take you from Heathrow to Hong Kong, or from Liverpool to LA then Freight Forwarding could be just the ticket.

Here are just 10 reasons why we think freight is for you.

Progression

Progression

If you’re ambitious, you’ll go far with a career in Logistics. There are numerous examples of managers, at all levels, who started as an apprentice and have gone on to reach senior positions within the sector, or even run their own business.

Brexit

Brexit

We have our finger on the pulse of what a post Brexit Britain could look like. One of the core functions our members provide is customs services, and as we leave the EU there could be a need for more customs clearance activity for goods coming in from Europe. This means new opportunities and the potential for new staff that need training to lead the way in customs procedures.

International

International

Logistics has no barriers and all our members trade internationally. You can be liaising with overseas offices, learning about different working cultures or even getting the chance to travel abroad on business. Some larger companies also offer their own exchange programmes.

Products

Products

No two days are the same. Freight Forwarders and Logistics providers handle millions of shipments every day. Our members ensure the supply chain to some of the world’s most exciting goods are delivered on time and without incident; from diamonds to dinosaur bones, film sets to Formula 1 cars, stadium lighting to live animals. You name it, our industry has transported it.

Demand

Demand

The Logistics industry will always be needed and it offers a stimulating and stable future. Most companies could not survive if they only traded domestically and in an increasingly globalised world there will always be a requirement for international freight and customs procedures, to ensure products from all over the world can get from A to B. Whilst markets move and consumer habits change, our industry changes with it - the boom in online ordering has meant that logistics is now more important than ever.

Knowledge

Knowledge

BIFA members have expressed their concern over a skills shortage, caused by the amount of knowledge leaving the industry. Over 70% of our members said they already take on apprentices, and the amount is set to rise with Brexit on the horizon.

Getting Hired

Getting Hired

Whilst many of the classically high profile organisations may seem more attractive, they also receive tens-of-thousands of applicants. If you apply for a job with one of our members you’re not only much more likely to be successful, you’ll also enjoy an interesting and engaging career, with great long-term prospects.

1400 Members

1400 Members

We have over 1400 members around the United Kingdom, so there is bound to be an employer close to you. You can find a full list of members via the BIFA website: bifa.org/members. Contact one local to you, direct, to kick-start your career in Freight Forwarding

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

I really enjoy working in this industry. There are a lot of things to learn, and i for one, thrive off that. I can see myself working in logistics for many years to come.

Jack

What I love is that you never know what you’re going to get, every shipment is different and you don’t know what it’ll be until you open your emails in the morning. Every day is a learning curve.

Lizzy

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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