Overview of apprenticeship
The processing of international trade documentation is vital to the UK economy (even more so since Brexit) and the demand for international trade skills is rising. Freight Forwarders implement these key processes. The sector deals with complex customs legislation and has a need demonstrate competence in compliance with customs controls and procedures. Clients require their international supply chain to be fully secure, efficient and compliant.
International Freight Forwarding Specialists are employed to ensure that the company they work for, and their clients remain compliant with all applicable customs, import and export laws and regulations. They understand customs rules, regulations and terms of trade, know where to find information and when to escalate issues. They have specific skills around customs procedures, classification of goods, allocating modes of transport and all relevant paper and electronic documentation. International Freight Forwarding Specialists are responsible for a variety of tasks on a daily basis such as shipment bookings, creating the appropriate documents, liaison with carriers, ports and handling agents, transport requirements, sales quotations, invoicing, financial procedures as well as the many customs processes and regimes they will come across.
Delivery Plan and Assessment
Apprentices will gain the CORE knowledge and skills and then choose one of three PATHWAYS (Air Freight, Ocean Freight or Road Freight) to reflect the focus of their employer's operations. In each pathway, additional knowledge and skills will be acquired.
Learners will be issued with a learning plan which will require attendance at a weekly online 2 hour session, this will be mapped over an 18 month duration
All Apprentices must spend 20% of their of their time on programme completing Off-The-Job training, this includes independent study, internal training, and any shadow shifts. Apprentices will be supported by 1:1 meetings in the workplace by their dedicated Programme Tutor. Additional learning resources and information will be made available online to ensure a fully blended learning experience.
Learners will be required to complete an End Point Assessment at the end of their learning.
Where will this course take me?
The Apprenticeship will implement the core knowledge, skills and behaviours to be competent in the role of Freight Forwarder. Progression can be sought in areas such as management or customer service which will ensure a long term career in the sector.
Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?
The minimum wage for apprentices is £4.30 per hour. However, the average wage for apprentices with WSC is £5.63 per hour. Your wage is decided by your employer and most will look to reward excellent progress and completion of your apprenticeship.
Entry requirements are set from employers however we require a good level of English and Maths, Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment.
International Freight Forwarding Specialist Level 3 Apprenticeship
How is this funded?
Apprentices are not required to contribute financially towards Apprenticeship training.
If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of £3 million or more, you will pay into an apprenticeship levy. This levy is then used to pay for the training element of the apprenticeship course. The total figure for the Apprenticeship is negotiated before enrolment and once confirmed will be taken in monthly payments from your account directly to us or paid to us via invoice should additional fees be required.
If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of under £3 million, the Government will fund 95% of the training fee meaning you will be required to contribute 5%. You may be required to contribute additional fees which we will invoice the company for. The additional fees will be made known and negotiated prior to the Apprentice enrolment.
There are additional incentives available if you are a small employer (under 50) and if you train/recruit a 16-18 year old or 19-24 year old with an Education Health and Care Plan.
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I'm interested. What should I do now?
You apply for an Apprenticeship in the same way you would apply for a job: find an apprenticeship vacancy, send in your CV or complete an application. We can help you with applications and give you interview advice. Please view the following page on our website to see our latest Apprenticeship vacancies.
Apprenticeship Vacancies: https://www.wsc.ac.uk/find-a-course/apprenticeships/vacancies
Alternatively, you can look on the GOV.UK website to see what other Apprenticeships vacancies may be available: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
Employers - Please contact us to speak with a member of the Apprenticeship Team for more information and to organise a face to face visit.
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