January 22 - A task force led by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) with the participation of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarder Associations (FIATA) has published the resu

The project focuses on identifying educational needs for the next generation of managers in the worldwide cargo industry. The task force compiled a comprehensive educational matrix identifying existing courses and areas of deficiency.

The task force concludes that managers must not only possess basic skills and detailed operational knowledge, but also further skills, including leadership, team building, and market and financial analysis techniques. While numerous training programmes are available to teach the fundamentals, the number of air cargo-focused programmes that teach these higher level skills is limited.

The report stresses that without access to such programmes, the air cargo industry faces the difficulty of attracting and equipping qualified talent to lead the industry in the future, as well as the risk of losing rising managers to other sectors of the logistics industry, or other industries altogether - situations that would put the industry at a competitive leadership disadvantage.

In light of the results of the report, a series of next steps will be established, including the creation of focused courses as part of a comprehensive programme addressing the needs of the next generation of worldwide air cargo industry managers and leaders.

The full report can be viewed here.