Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) inInternational Freight Forwarding Specialist

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. Clients must be kept informed pro-actively of progress and this requires skills and behaviours in customer service linked to an appreciation of international cultures, time zones and their effect on transit times. International Freight Forwarding Specialists have the ability to communicate effectively with people from different countries, taking account of differences in working practices.

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Key Facts

Apprenticeship Level:

Advanced

Start Dates:

Indicative Cost:

College Code: C-AP3XIFF

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

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.

Course Content

  • The commercial basis for the consolidation of goods being moved across the world and the purpose, function, structure and organisation of the freight forwarding industry
  • World geography, political boundaries, time zones and travel times
  • The principles underpinning the regulatory systems that apply to freight forwarding and the import and export of goods and the function of the key regulatory organisations
  • The terms of international sales (Incoterms)
  • International freight documentation and cargo booking procedures
  • The range and characteristics of road, ocean, and air transport and the determinants of their use in freight forwarding
  • The role of freight forwarders in the selection of modes of transport as goods are moved around the world
  • The importance of marine insurance and carrier’s liability
  • The classifications of hazardous goods and the restrictions applied to their movement
  • The use of documentary letters of credit to reduce financial risk in international trade
  • The differences in how goods are moved under the different customs controls that apply in the UK, the EU and internationally and the purpose, function and range of Customs Procedure Codes

Qualifications included in the Apprenticeship:

  • Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard in International Freight Forwarding Specialist
  • Level 2 Functional Skills English and Maths (if required)

Assessment Methods

Regular formative reviews between employer, apprentice and the college

Development of assignments demonstrating learning from their job role or work place

Practical observation to assess the application of skills within the workplace

Professional discussion to holistically assess Knowledge Skills and Behaviours across the standard and will be informed by reflective portfolio

Written knowledge test

Entry Requirements

Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the Apprenticeships English and Mathematics minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

English & Maths

If an Apprentice has not already achieved Level 2 (GCSE C/4 or above) English & Maths they must study for and achieve Functional Skills Level 2 English & Maths.

This will be completed through a day release to attend Loughborough College.

Progression Opportunities

Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor

Delivery Model

Work based training and assessments to complement the skills that are learnt, developed and used within the workplace

Day release to complete Functional Skills if required

Average duration is 18 months which includes an End Point Assessment

Payment Breakdown

Levy payers pay 100% of training costs via Levy.

Non Levy employers with 50+ staff or for an Apprentice aged 19+ - pay 5% of training costs.

Non Levy Employers with less than 50 staff and an Apprentice aged 18 or younger, fully funded.

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