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BIFA reports successful year

  15.01.2007    

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is celebrating a highly successful 2006 for its Training Services division, following a marked increase in delegate numbers, compared to 2005. The total number of delegates attending BIFA courses up and down the country in 2006 was 1,867, a 23% rise on the previous year. 
Mandatory training areas, including aviation security and dangerous goods, account for two-thirds of all delegates, whilst customs and freight forwarding procedure courses, including the increasingly popular BTEC Customs and Multimodal Freight Procedures courses, were also well-attended in 2006. 
Proving that it’s not just quantity that counts, feedback from delegates indicates that they were overwhelming satisfied with the quality of BIFA’s training services. For courses delivered in 2006, 96% of delegates rated their course content as either ‘good’, ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’. In addition, 100% of delegates described their trainer’s subject knowledge as either ‘good’, ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’. 
Comments Colin Beaumont, BIFA Director General: ““Freight forwarding is a specialist profession and BIFA provides a comprehensive range of training courses, available to BIFA members and non-members. Our courses cover many important areas of the industry, including Customs procedures, security, dangerous goods, information technology, finance, air, sea, road and rail freight, as well as import/ export and international trade procedures. 
“The delivery of high quality training courses, is an integral part of our role to promote good practice and total quality in the provision of freight services by all members. Our research shows that investment in training leads to increased confidence, improved customer services and fewer workplace errors. 
“The Secretariat is aware that the cost of training is sometimes prohibitive, particularly for smaller members. Therefore, the trade association will be offering a range of new learning options in 2007, including web-based and distance learning packages. 
“BIFA is encouraged by this continuing trend of staff development and believes that this will contribute to the improvement of the perception of our industry in the eyes of customers, the general public and potential employees alike. I am delighted that so many satisfied delegates chose to study with us last year, and we look forward to welcoming even more in 2007.” 
In 2006, BIFA re-established a Training and Development Advisory Body, which is keen to see a qualification introduced so that employers have a benchmark against which they can judge potential employees. 
BIFA has also recently introduced competence criteria into the requirements for new companies applying for membership of the association.


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