A task force led by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), with active support from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) has published the results of a two-year research project. The research project focused on identifying educational needs for the next-generation of managers for the worldwide air cargo industry. The final report and accompanying educational demands matrix will be made available through the respective websites of the participating organizations.
The task force concludes that managers not only must possess basic skills and detailed operational knowledge, but also the so called "higher-skills", which include leadership, team-building as well as market and financial analysis techniques. While numerous training programmes are available to teach the fundamental skills, the availability of air cargo-focused programmes that teach these higher-level skills is limited.
The researchers agree that the industry as a whole must address this deficiency to ensure it maintains its long history of innovation, quality service provision and financial robust performance. The potential for the creation of a certificated and preferably accredited programme may assist in this goal. As part of its effort, the task force compiled a comprehensive educational matrix identifying existing courses and areas of deficiency.
The report stresses that without access to such programmes, the air cargo industry faces the additional difficulty of attracting and equipping qualified talent to successfully lead the industry through future challenges. Another consequent risk without such an offering is the loss of rising managers to other sectors of the logistics industry or to other industries completely as workforce dynamics become more fluid. Both situations would put the air cargo industry at a competitive leadership disadvantage.
As implications and task force recommendations are reviewed by the four organizations, a series of next steps will be established including the creation focused courses as part of a comprehensive programme addressing the needs of the next-generation of worldwide air cargo industry managers and leaders.
The Task Force report will be available n each of organization's websites.
Questions about the report should be directed to:
International Civil Aviation Organization: www.icao.org
The International Air Cargo Association: www.tiaca.org
International Air Transport Association: www.iata.org
International Federation of Freight Forwarder Associations www.fiata.com
FIATA - Press contact:
Hans Günther Kersten, Director General
FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31, 1926. It is a non-governmental organization that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 8-10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). It is recognized as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organizations, governmental authorities, private international organizations in the field of transport such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.