UK-based training provider TRS has collaborated with the British International Freight Association (BIFA) to launch a ‘skills bootcamp’ to support employers in the sector.


Pictured left to right: TRS operations director, Bev Ellis with the company’s managing director Kevin Birch

The bootcamp provides an introduction to the importing and exporting of products, suited to those already involved in freight forwarding or those wishing to step into the sector. Subsidised by the West Midlands Combined Authority, the discounted training course is for individuals living or working within the combined authority’s catchment area.  

Kevin Birch, managing director at TRS, said: “Thanks to funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority, we can offer an essential industry skills course at a greatly reduced rate. We are very proud to be running this programme in conjunction with BIFA, which will be delivering some of the essential modules.”

Spread over five weeks, the 60-hour online course is delivered with the flexibility to ensure minimal impact on work commitments. The curriculum comprises technical workshops and employment skills, including freight forwarding essentials, Customs essentials, and dangerous and hazardous goods, along with customer service standards, complaint handling processes, and business relationship techniques. 

With the first course scheduled to commence in April, TRS is now actively recruiting for this programme. SMEs can access this training for GBP200 (USD252) plus VAT, while larger employers with over 250 employees can enrol their staff for GBP600 (USD757) plus VAT.