Leading global supply chain solutions company Panalpina announced their Apprentice Class of 2018. This year’s class welcomed 6 successful candidates embarking on new career in Freight Forwarding on the recently approved International Freight Forwarding Specialist Apprenticeship.

Panalpina worked with the Logistics Skills Alliance (LSA), and conducted a rigorous recruitment process to attract new talent. Alongside this they invested in the development of a bespoke blended learning programme for new Panalpina recruits.

HR Director Katie Herdman of Panalpina commented “Panalpina has a history of investing in new talent and believe that high quality apprenticeship programmes add real value to our business across multiple divisions.”

Logistics Skills Alliance’s James Billingham added “Working with Panalpina and their commitment to designing a programme that meets their business needs alongside providing an excellent training experience means we have an apprenticeship programme that provides customised training that is truly employer led.”

The International Freight Forwarding Apprenticeship Standard was developed by a Freight Forwarders employers’ group, facilitated by BIFA. It covers core modules such as Customs Procedures, Freight Movement, Customer Service and Freight Costing. The programme is a level 3 apprenticeship with a recommended duration of 18 months.

Chris Cooper, MD of Panalpina said “We have a strong tradition within the business of bringing in new talent through apprenticeships. Each year we involve managers, previous apprentices across the business to improve our programme.”

To find out more about the LSA, and Apprenticeship Standards visit

LSA Apprentice Class 2018

Panalpina Apprentice Class of 2018, Panalpina MD Chris Cooper (2nd from left), HR Director Katie Herdman (far right) and HR Manager Laura Atkin ((2nd in from right) welcome new recruits Megan, Tseganesh, George, Duncan, Sunil and Mateusz


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