BIFA adds Young Forwarder Network events

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Rudee Bertie, co-founder and CEO of CCL

More events are being added to BIFA’s Young Forwarder Network, with a professional development event being held on 8 August near Heathrow Airport.

Having held the last of its initial regional group launches, the British International Freight Association is adding content to its Young Forwarder Network.

Professional speaker and coach Rudee Bertie will provide insight on how members can increase their confidence and personal brand through better networking.

He has over 30 years of freight forwarding, air cargo and customs brokerage experience, having started as an apprentice, and later setting up his own company.

Bertie will provide practical tips to boost confidence, gained through personal experience as he built-up his business through attending many networking events around the world.

Carl Hobbis, training development manager at BIFA says the initial launch events gave participants an opportunity to discuss how they would like regional groups to operate.

He says less formal events, easily accessible venues, engaging speakers and later start times were common feedback themes.

Hobbis says: “The event in August is one immediate response, but each YFN group is also organising behind-the-scenes tours. Places on the four tours organised to date were quickly filled, but there are plenty of others planned.”

He adds that regional groups are planning careers events to take place in Spring 2020 and all apprentices who are YFN members can receive a 20% discount in the costs of any BIFA training course.

Hobbis says: “What we now need is for BIFA members to actively encourage and support attendance of their staff at YFN events, as well as support in the form of patronage, connecting the YFN with engaging speakers, sponsorship, as well as providing facilities for meetings.”