The Indian Institute of Freight Forwarders (IIFF), the training wing of Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI), is all set to start their second batch of Distance Learning Course and tenth batch of Class Room Diploma Course on Logistics, Shipping & Freight Forwarding from June and August 2017 respectively. The courses are crucial in view of the fact that the industry is suffering from huge shortage of skilled manpower. “There is tremendous skill gap prevailing in the logistics arena. The root cause of skill gap in this sector is due to lack of awareness amongst the Institutions and also the lack of practical content. In India we find a lot of Institutes offering short programmes under the Export Import process. Often these institutes do cover only the essence of the Import and Export Regulations, however they do not go into the finer points such as Freight Forwarding, Consolidation etc,” pointed out Mr Tej Mayur Contractor, President, IIFF. The Institute offers a programme which covers 16 modules in respect to International Logistics. FFFAI initiated the training establishment (IIFF) for Customs Brokers, Freight Forwarders & Logistics companies in 2004.
The prime objective of FFFAI’s training initiative is to upgrade skill within the industry as well as to provide a platform to new participants from outside of the Industry. The training activities include 1) Workshops, Diploma course in Logistics, Shipping and Freight Forwarding (Distance Learning) and Diploma Course in Logistics, Shipping and Freight Forwarding (Classroom).
Commenting on practicing global standard as far as courses are concerned, Mr Contractor maintained that with logistics having many verticals it is difficult to have a simple standard. “We already have a minimum standard which we adhere to at Indian Institute of Freight Forwarding, a course similar as ours are run in more than 50 countries by various national associations. The standards in Freight Forwarding are prepared by the International Association of Freight Forwarders (FIATA),” he added. In addition, IIFF will create a platform for the Industry to gain more insights into the emerging trends, industry specific problems of national importance and global best practices in logistics & supply chain management. “We will enable the industry to cut down the transaction cost, increase efficiency, enhance profitability and bring solutions to macro level issues,” Mr Contractor emphasized.
Distance Learning Course Highlights:
- No Classroom Sessions
- A crash Course of 5 days will be offered to students before exams
- Periodic Assignments
- Indian and Global students may apply
- Online learning portal
- Final Exams will be conducted in Mumbai and other locations
Highlights of Class Room Course:
- Designed for executives as well as fresh candidates
- Subjects covered with case studies and onsite-training
- Duration: 300 hours covering 16 modules
- Experienced faculty from the industry
- Certificates to successful completion from IIFF-India and FIATA-Zurich Switzerland
- Internship and placement assistance to successful candidates