BIFAlink November 2021


Industry Promotion

Showcasing the industry at Heathrow

At the end of September, as part of our plan to promote the industry better as a career option for young people, we did our first careers day at London Heathrow. On our stand we were supported by DHL Global Forwarding, while Members NNR Global Logistics, DB Schenker, OIA Global and CEVA all had their own stands. The 460 pupils – split over four groups – from years 10-13 attended the event giving them an opportunity to explore different industries and career options. Carl Hobbis, executive director and training development manager, said: “This was the first event with one of our partner schools, with the aim to have a more proactive engagement in key locations around the UK. “What we need now is for Members to do their own thing locally as we believe that schools need better employer engagement and, apart from the blue-chip organisations, many generally do not know where to start or who to approach. “Flipping the situation, Members need to reach out to schools as well; our recently published ‘Schools Guide’ will provide ideas and ways of how to do this.” Lee Griffiths, MD of participating Member NNR Global Logistics UK, said: “Too many people in the industry moan about the lack of young talent in logistics and supply chain but do nothing about it. Let us hope we can make a difference and influence the future. I really appreciate BIFA’s initiative on this and am actively supporting the school.” Hobbis, concluded: “We learnt a lot from the event with our aim to have a dedicated logistics careers day at Heathrow, at the school, when just students genuinely interested in the sector attend, to create real focus and hopefully plenty of apprenticeship opportunities.” One school, a half-day of time and 460 students find out about the logistics sector

If you are interested in participating contact either Nezda Leigh or Carl Hobbis


November 2021

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