Why choose an apprenticeship in freight forwarding?

August 30, 2023

What is freight forwarding?

Let's start at the beginning. Freight forwarding is the process of organising and coordinating the shipment of goods from one location to another. It involves managing the logistics of transporting goods by air, sea, or land, and handling all the associated documentation, customs clearance, and insurance.

Freight forwarders act as intermediaries between shippers and carriers, using their expertise to optimise the transportation process and ensure that goods are delivered efficiently and cost-effectively. They may also provide additional services such as warehousing, packing, and distribution.

Freight forwarding is a vital component of international trade, enabling businesses to import and export goods across borders and around the world. It requires a deep understanding of global trade regulations and a high level of coordination and communication between all parties involved in the shipment.

Why completing an apprenticeship in International Freight Forwarding is a great career move?

Growing industry: International trade is expanding rapidly, and the demand for skilled professionals in freight forwarding is on the rise. An apprenticeship in this field can provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in this growing industry.

Diverse opportunities: Freight forwarding involves a range of tasks and responsibilities, from managing logistics and documentation to negotiating contracts and building relationships with clients. An apprenticeship can give you exposure to all these different aspects of the industry, allowing you to explore different career paths and find the one that suits you best.

Valuable skills: Freight forwarding requires strong organisational, communication, and problem-solving skills, as well as a deep understanding of global trade regulations. An apprenticeship can help you develop these skills, making you a valuable asset to our organisation.

Progression: An apprenticeship can be a steppingstone to a successful career in international freight forwarding. If you’re ambitious, you’ll go far with a career in Logistics. With experience and additional training, you can progress to more senior roles, such as operations manager or business development manager, and enjoy increased responsibilities and earning potential.

Overall, an apprenticeship in international freight forwarding can provide you with a solid foundation for a rewarding and challenging career in a growing industry.

Why choose an Apprenticeship at Unsworth?

Looking for an apprenticeship that offers unparalleled support, a vibrant team culture, and a clear path to success? Look no further than Unsworth! Our award-winning team is committed to helping you achieve your full potential, with an in-house apprenticeship expert and a comprehensive onboarding plan that will set you up for success from day one.

As you progress through the program, you'll receive regular reviews and pay increases for each milestone you achieve, giving you the recognition and rewards you deserve. And once you've successfully completed your apprenticeship, you'll have the opportunity to secure a full-time position with us and a substantial pay rise, setting you on the path to a successful career in the industry.

At Unsworth, we believe in putting our employees first, with a range of health benefits, social events, and other perks that make us one of the best places to work in the industry. With the knowledge and experience you gain through your apprenticeship, the career possibilities are endless. Join us today and take the first step toward an exciting and rewarding career in international freight forwarding!

What does the International Freight Forwarding apprenticeship standard involve?

The International Freight Forwarding Specialist Level 3 apprenticeship standard is a comprehensive training program that covers all aspects of the international freight forwarding industry.

Duration: The apprenticeship typically lasts for 18 to 24 months and involves a combination of on-the-job training, online and classroom-based learning.

Skills & Knowledge: During the apprenticeship, you will develop a range of skills and knowledge related to the management and coordination of international shipments. This includes understanding international trade regulations, managing documentation, and selecting appropriate transportation modes and carriers. You will also learn how to communicate effectively with clients and other stakeholders, negotiate contracts, and handle customs clearance.

Flexible: The apprenticeship is designed to be flexible. You will work towards a personalised learning plan, tailored to your specific role with our company as well as your needs and interests.

Support: You will work with an apprenticeship expert and a line manager who will provide ongoing support and guidance throughout the programme. You will also have regular review to ensure that you are making progress and meeting the requirements of the apprenticeship.

Prospect: At the end of the apprenticeship, you will be able to apply for a range of positions within the organisation. You will also have the option to pursue further qualifications, such as a Level 4 apprenticeship.

If you're eager to learn, have a sharp mind, and are committed to accelerating your career, we want to hear from you! Join our dynamic team and take advantage of our Award-Winning training and development programme to unlock your full potential.

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