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The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has said that it welcomes the package of measures unveiled by the Chancellor of the Exchequer today to scale up employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships.

Robert Keen, director general of BIFA, said: “Whilst our members are currently rightly focused on significant business continuity issues, we welcome the additional funding.

“We are ready to help any of our members that are willing to capitalise on the funding being made available to either recruit apprentices; make traineeships available; or increase training for existing employees.”

BIFA is currently delivering courses via video conferencing, due to the Covid-19 crisis preventing face-to-face training.

Carl Hobbis, BIFA’s training development manager, said: “Having been actively involved in the creation of an International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship, BIFA has committed to promote its availability since it was introduced in 2018.”

Keen adds: “We will also be reminding our members, that in addition to the finance announced yesterday, last month the government made available an additional £50 million to accelerate growth of the UK’s customs intermediary sector via training, with applications for the new funding being open since the start of this month.”

The FTA has also welcomed job creation subsidies for 16-24-year olds.