Hiring an apprentice within the world of freight forwarding is an area that has seen conversations throughout various sectors. A conclusive guide on how to approach the hiring process is something that has complex components, however, BIFA is now providing advice and guidance on how exactly you can help ensure you are attracting the right individual, helping your company grow with an inclusive, appropriate community of go-getter staff.

With the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) delivering the final approval of the course assessment plan, which means that the International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship is now available for delivery, following these five tips will get yourself on the right road to hiring an appropriate candidate for the role.


Make sure you pay your apprentices a fair wage and offer incentives, such as bonuses at certain milestones during the programme. If you don’t, they may be tempted to leave for somewhere that does.


Hiring apprentices is an ideal way to introduce fresh talent into the industry, creating a dynamic work force. Don’t forget to highlight the career opportunities available and commence recruiting early, using the free resource from the IfA to post vacancies.


Don’t forget to highlight the many exciting opportunities and career pathways – within the logistics sector – for apprentices to explore once they have completed their apprenticeship, including potential international travel.

Support / Mentoring

Make sure you have the time and resources to mentor your apprentices. This is of paramount importance for those new to the world of work. If you don’t have time to spend with them, neither of you will reap the full benefits an apprenticeship can offer.


Make sure you place your apprentices on the most relevant apprenticeship for the skill set they need to acquire, rather than placing everyone on the same scheme. There are other approved standards within the transport and logistics sector and others in development. 

Not only is this advice inclusive of freight forwarders, and other industry sectors, the ideals of involvement with the local community, schools, colleges, specific or even sports groups mean that this is a process that really gives something back, whilst promoting your business at the same time.

These are just several tips that can help point you in the right direction when it comes to hiring an apprentice. BIFA is are working with its their members to  increase the levels of the younger generation throughout the industry. Hiring an apprentice could, potentially, help this issue. For any more information and tips please visit bifa.org.