Apprentices more vital than ever, says BIFA

The British International Freight Association (BIFA), has called for a “step up” in apprentice recruitment, following evidence that 65% of freight agents don’t have enough staff to meet Brexit related demands for customs clearance.

BIFA has said for the freight industry the lack of apprenticeships is an “acute issue” because of the expected upsurge in its workload when the Brexit transition comes to an end in January.

A study conducted by the group showed that ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period, it has been suggested that an extra 50,000 private-sector customs agents will be needed to meet additional demands for customs clearance, and more than half of workers in this industry do not have enough staff to help them during this time. 

It is also believed that international freight forwarding apprenticeship starts are likely to be down by 66% globally. 

BIFA’s training development manager, Carl Hobbis said: “We are at an important crossroads and we must protect the future of the sector as we step ever closer to the end of the transition period.”

“Now, more than ever we need to promote the industry and give young people employment opportunities.”

He added: “We have had an apprenticeship standard for international freight forwarding for nearly three years and the sector has been in the news more than ever, so what a great time to encourage someone to consider a career in forwarding and logistics.”

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