BIFA launches Young Forwarders Network

Carl Hobbis

The British International Freight Association (BIFA), the trade association representing a large number of UK freight forwarding and logistics companies, is soon to launch a new networking group called the BIFA Young Forwarders Network (YFN).

The YFN, which will be launched on 6 March at the imminent National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2019), will be aimed at supporting individuals that have recently joined the sector.

Carl Hobbis, BIFA’s training development manager, informed: “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,” Hobbis said.

“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.”

The theme for NAW2019 is ‘Blaze a Trail’. It is intended to showcase the benefits of apprenticeships to local communities, employers, individuals and the economy and Hobbis noted: “The timing of the National Apprenticeship Week could not be better and we intend to be actively involved through the networking group.”