In recognising the enormous pressures facing the logistics sector post-Brexit, we’re urging businesses to recruit freight forwarding apprentices to build capacity and start equipping a new generation with the knowledge and skills to face the challenges ahead.
We’ve less than six months until the end of the Brexit transition period and it’s estimated an extra 50,000 private-sector customs agents will be needed to meet additional demands.
Findings show three-quarters of businesses surveyed by the British International Freight Association (BIFA) want the Brexit transition period to be extended, with half saying they don’t have sufficient staff to handle additional requirements.
To ease the situation, businesses will now receive £2,000 for each new 16-24-year-old apprentice they recruit, and £1,500 for new apprentices aged 25 and over. Training can also be funded through the apprenticeship levy or through government co-investment for SMEs.
Neil Bates, our Seetec Outsource Managing Director said: “The businesses that thrive Post Brexit will be those who act now to build back better and start addressing the shortage of trained staff in a sector which is crucial to the UK economy. Young people are bearing the brunt of the economic hit caused by Covid-19, yet they represent the talent that can help businesses to adapt and embrace the changes and opportunities that Brexit will bring.”
“There is a wealth of young talent available, and the Government is offering significant incentives to businesses that recruit new apprentices between now and January 2021. There has never been a better time to recruit an International Freight Forwarding apprentice.”
Carl Hobbis, Training and Development Manager from BIFA added: “With the need to add more customs experts to the sector, an apprenticeship in freight forwarding is one solution. Forwarders will continue to play a crucial role in the UK’s international trade in the future, therefore the industry will provide a long-term, exciting career for a young person.
“The government has promised significant investment in the GB-EU border, so now is the time for businesses to invest in new talent and plan their future talent strategy. Employers shouldn’t underestimate the amount of time needed to train someone to become competent in Customs procedures.”
Richard Hird, Group Training Manager from Woodland Group said: “We love to incorporate apprentices into our team as often as possible. The benefit of hiring an apprentice is that they don’t come to us with preconceived ideas of the Freight Forwarding industry and are eager to learn the ‘Woodland Way’. During the Apprenticeship they learn about every different aspect of the role including Imports and Exports via road, sea and air, Customs and customer service skills. This means that by the time they reach the end of the Apprenticeship, we have a well-rounded and knowledgeable team member who can fit in to any area of the business.”