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Logistics Careers Event - 24th November 2021

As part of our Student engagement programme, BIFA led a Logistics careers event at the Logic Studio School, West London.

This was a great opportunity not only for the School's Year 13 students to learn more about how apprenticeships work but the many career opportunities that are available in our Industry. Joining them for this event were colleagues from BIFA Member Bolloré Logistics, who are a global freight forwarder based locally to Heathrow.

Why Logistics?

Kicking off the session was Carl Hobbis, Training Development Manager and Executive Director at BIFA. Carl introduced the students to the world of Freight Forwarding and 10 reasons to consider a career in Logistics before explaining the Apprenticeships model and its several pathways linked to the Industry. The students enjoyed getting involved in the live quizzes and polls which really aided their understanding throughout the session.

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Meeting an Apprentice

It was then over to one of BIFA's specialist trainers Graeme Wilkinson, who interviewed Marshall Azizi and Emma Collier about their career journey and their experience in completing their industry Apprenticeships. Both gained distinctions in their final assessments while navigating the uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic and EU Exit. They shared with the room what a typical day looks like as an apprentice and how they could sum up their journey in three words: supportive, friendly, and rewarding.

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Making the best Impression

Finally, we heard from Mandy O'Reilly, Learning and Development Specialist at Bolloré for insights on what they look for in prospective apprentices. Mandy's advice focused on the importance of expressing an interest in the industry and being enthusiastic, not just about the role but the eagerness to learn and develop new and existing skills.

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Inspiring the Next Generation

We had a great turnout, with over 30 students attending the session. As vice-principal John Cadogan reminded everyone, there are a wide range of subjects being studied at Logic that are easily transferrable across logistics. Plus, with Heathrow Airport being the biggest provider of employment in the area, the next generation of talent have a considerable opportunity to carve out a successful career in our industry.

As part of the Student Engagement programme, BIFA are committed to introducing more and more young people to the world of Logistics as part of the broader aim to promote our industry to the potential forwarders of the future. 

Looking ahead to 2022, there will be more opportunities to engage young people, so we encourage our Members to collaborate with us and their local schools to advocate logistics as a career of choice

If you would like more information on our plans, please reach out to Carl Hobbis - c.hobbis@bifa.org or visit our Apprentices section of our website.

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(Pictured Left to Right: Mandy O'Reilly, Emma Collier and Marshall Azizi - Bolloré Logistics, Graeme Wilkinson and Carl Hobbis - BIFA with John Cadogan - Logic Studio School)



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