This level 3 apprenticeship equips a freight forwarder apprentice with an understanding of how freight moves, customs procedures and costings. After completion of the 11 core duties, a student will then study either the air, ocean or road pathway.

The coordination of freight transportation in support of global operations is vital to the UK economy. The demand for international trade skills is forecast to rise. Freight Forwarders implement key processes and deal with complex customs legislation. Specialists in Freight Forwarding must have current competence and knowledge in compliance, customs controls, and procedures relating to the movement of goods.

The typical duration of the learning period for this apprenticeship is 14–18 months, excluding the end point assessment phase. This apprenticeship will provide learners with the core knowledge and skills relevant to the freight forwarding industry such as:

  • Key documentation and terminology
  • Economic and cost considerations
  • Responsibilities and regulations
  • Customs regulations and procedures
  • Communication and stakeholder relationships
  • Industry Infrastructure
  • Environmental and sustainability considerations

At the beginning of the programme, apprentices will also be given one of three pathways to reflect the focus of their employer’s operations. These are:

  • Air Freight
  • Ocean Freight
  • Road Freight

Whichever pathway apprentices take, specific knowledge, skills and behaviours will be acquired in addition to the 11 core occupation duties.

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Entry Requirements:

Our Apprenticeship specialist team will guide you through the eligibility and entry requirements for our International Freight Forwarding Specialist Level 3 apprenticeship.


In addition to the apprenticeship standard learners must undertake Maths and English Functional Skills Level 2 if these aims (or equivalent) have not previously been achieved.


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