The 2015 FIATA World Congress saw the launch by the FIATA Logistics Academy of Talent Connect, a product of great strategic value to FIATA members.
The challenge faced by many businesses is the transformation from traditional freight forwarding structures to those that are fully aligned with, and can consistently deliver, the end to end solutions customers want. Lack of appropriate skills has been identified as the biggest constraint to achieving this objective. The injection of fresh young talent is needed which has the flexibility of approach which is capable of embracing new policies, procedures, processes and systems and of making them work in a rapidly changing environment.
It is true that whilst there are many talented young people in the market who possess very high qualifications in the Supply Chain Management field, fact is that they are often considered unfavourably because of a possible lack of practical experience. This is where Talent Connect comes in with its internship facility.
Internships provide real world experience to those with a related degree or other post school qualification and need the practical skills required to enter the 3rd and 4th party logistics provider industry. Internships are relatively short term in nature, lasting normally no longer than one year.
From the employer’s point of view, internships represent an ideal opportunity to access young talent without having to immediately commit to permanent employment relationships. Internships can be regarded as extended employment interviews in which the on the job performance of a number of interns can be evaluated, with permanent employment being offered to those individuals who are found to be best suited to the requirements and culture of the particular organisation.
To enable young people to make their availability as interns known and to give FIATA members access to this pool of talent, FIATA Logistics Academy’s Talent Connect facility is the answer. By logging on to the website www.fiatalearning.com and following the instructions, prospective interns can post their CVs and advise their availability. Individual FIATA members and FIATA Association Members can then access available interns through the website.
Marco Sorgetti, Director General of FIATA, on receiving the relevant information from the FIATA Logistics Academy, made a positive comment: "Talent Connect is a practical solution, whereby FIATA provides a powerful global solution to address its Members' quest for talented resources, which is possible only thanks to FIATA's well-established global reach in the industry. I am even considering using Talent Connect for the FIATA secretariat's needs." concluded Sorgetti.
Marco Sorgetti, Director General
FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31st 1926. It is a non-governmental organisation that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 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, etc.), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as well as many other UN related bodies, e.g. the World Bank. It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport and logistics, 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.
For further information, please go to: www.fiata.com
Glattbrugg, October 16th, 2015