- 20 weeks
- Level 4
- 60 credits
- $35000 - 90000 annual salary
- Course Information
- Industry Info
- 29 October 2018, 21 January 2019, 25 February 2019, 1 April 2019, 6 May 2019, 10 June 2019, 22 July 2019, 26 August 2019, 14 October 2019, 18 November 2019
Interested in operations or administration? Shipping and customs? Import and export? Carve an exciting career in freight logistics with this Level 4 programme. Gain the advanced skills and knowledge to climb to the top in this booming industry! We’ll prepare you for supervisory roles and great career opportunities both in New Zealand and overseas.
Who can enrol?
If you are 16 years or older and want to get into international freight forwarding at an intermediate level, this programme is ideal.
What will I learn?
Master intermediate-level operational and administrative skills that will set you up for exciting freight forwarding roles. Learn how to organise international shipments to get goods from the manufacturer or producer to a market, customer or final point of distribution. Guaranteed work experience
You will cover:
- Customer service and team work
- Completing, processing and reporting documentation
- Dangerous goods
- Responsibilities and liabilities
- Legislative and company requirements
What qualifications will I gain?
- New Zealand Certificate in International Freight Logistics Level 4
Where will this take me?
This qualification is your stepping stone to supervisory roles in the freight and logistics sector. You will stand out from the crowd by having trained at Ignite College!
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about this course
What do I need to enrol?
It’s easy! All you need to bring along is proof of citizenship or PR. We will help you do the rest. If you are an international student, please contact us first.
How much does this course cost?
You might be eligible to do this course for free! Talk with our Student Support Team to find out. If not, you may be eligible for loans and allowances, and we can help you with that.
What time does my course start and finish?
Your course runs from 1pm to 5.15pm, Monday to Friday.
Am I eligible for a travel allowance?
If you are aged between 16 and 19, yes! If not, we can sit down and discuss what assistance you might be entitled to.
What resources will I need?
We provide everything you will need.
What does a typical day look like?
In this course you’ll get to apply all your knowledge and experience to real world scenarios. Classes are a mix of tutorials, instructional sessions, and group activities which aim to improve teamwork and communication. This is an industry where you’ll be interacting with clients, other freight companies and border control organisations on a regular basis, so these skills are vital.
During the course you’ll learn about health and safety, warehousing and distribution, international transport planning, customer service and teamwork, freight documentation, preparation and use, working with border agencies, transport modes, cargo rating (air & sea) and calculation, and preparing client quotes. You’ll conduct research and complete projects on each topic, plus you’ll benefit from the expertise of industry professionals through guest speakers and site visits.
Will you help me get a job?
Yes! As part of your course we spend time working on interview and CV skills to make sure you leave us work ready. We also bring in speakers from industry to talk to you about what today’s employers expect. As well as this, our tutors have great industry connections and can introduce you to potential employers.
What jobs can I apply for after completing this course?
This is a high-demand sector with lots of exciting job opportunities. With this qualification you will have the skills and knowledge to work in intermediate-level operational roles in shipping and freight forwarding including but not limited to: shipping assistant, chartering trainee/assistant, shipping documentation administrator and trade assistant. These jobs may be in warehousing and distribution, freight forwarding import and export operations, customs broking, airline and shipping line cargo operations, port operations, container yard services, and ships agency and handling. You may even get snapped up as a team leader or junior supervisor, responsible for the performance of others.
As world trade has boomed, New Zealand’s freight and logistics sector has seen strong growth, offering up plenty of exciting career opportunities for those interested in the business of moving goods from one place to another. Auckland is at the heart of the industry, accounting for nearly 60% of all logistics support services activity (primarily freight forwarding and storage businesses).
According to a report put out by Westpac New Zealand in 2015, logistics support services employed more than 14,200 full-time equivalent workers (FTEs) in New Zealand in 2014 and contributed $2.9 billion to GDP. Within logistics support services, growth has been broad-based across freight forwarding and warehouse and storage services. In terms of value generated, freight forwarding dominates, with $1.4 billion added in 2014, up over 40% since 2000.
Within the sector, employment, the number of businesses and value added have all risen steadily since 2000 - and this growth looks set to continue (although possibly at a slower rate) for many years to come. A Ministry of Transport study into the freight task in New Zealand found that freight movements through New Zealand will grow 58% in 30 years to 2042 in tonnage terms, and 48% in tonne-kilometre terms.
What do you need to succeed in freight and logistics?
There are a wide range of roles and opportunities within the freight and logistics sector - you can opt for a hands-on physically-focused career path or pursue more customer-focused analytical roles. Either way, a good working knowledge of the industry is crucial including:
- transport systems
- methods of packing and stowing goods
- customs regulations and procedures
- carriage of goods laws, including dangerous goods and bio-security regulations
- international laws and standards for transporting goods
- shipping terms and United Nations port codes
It will also help if you are:
- accurate and well organised
- inquiring and willing to learn
- able to work well under pressure and make decisions quickly
- a good communicator
- able to gain people's trust and keep information private
The employment opportunities within freight and logistics are vast, and include:
- warehousing and distribution
- import and export operations
- customs broking
- airline and shipping line cargo operations
- port operations
- container yard services
- ships agency and handling
Demand for customs brokers and freight forwarders is high thanks to ongoing growth in the volume of New Zealand’s imports and exports. However, experience is preferred, so landing that first job can be a challenge. That’s why many enter the industry through other entry-level roles such as import/export clerk or customs compiler. Currently in New Zealand around 350 companies employ customs brokers and freight forwarders – about a third of those are big international companies, while the rest are smaller New Zealand-owned ones. Customs brokers usually earn $35 – $90k a year, while freight forwarders earn $35 - $70K per year, depending on experience, level of responsibility, and the size of the business.
Here are a few other related roles:
- store person (receive, check, store and send out goods from a warehouse, business or organisation): $17-$30 per hour
- importer/exporter (plan, organise, direct and coordinate the operations of an importing or exporting business): $35K - $75K per year
- mail and parcel sorter : $17 - $20 per hour
- aircraft loader (transferring freight and baggage between airport buildings and aircraft): $20 - $;29 per hour
Once they’ve gained some experience, customs brokers and freight forwarders often progress into management positions, which bring more opportunities and responsibilities, and command greater salaries.
Here's a profile and video of our awesome Freight & Logistics tutor Theodore
What started as a favour to a friend turned into an unexpected and lucrative career for American/Canadian Theodore. Filling in temporarily at accessories giant ‘Coach’ in New York, Theodore discovered his natural flair for relationship building. Coach did too, quickly offering him a permanent role as a freight and logistics analyst. That was ten years ago, and since then Theodore has worked as an analyst all over the world, across a diverse range of industries. He manages fleets, organises warehouses, and improves production efficiency. And most importantly he builds relationships. Recently Theodore has worked throughout the Pacific Islands, and contracted to the Australian government working on top-priority military and housing projects. Now, he’s teaching people new to freight and logistics at Ignite Colleges, how to get a head start in this fast-growing industry.
“The freight and logistics job market is booming in New Zealand…from truck drivers to freight forwarders there are opportunities for everyone. The great thing about it is once you get the training you need, it’s very easy to pick up. No matter how you did at school, with the right training you can work anywhere in the world, in pretty much any industry. And you can make really good money. This course is an ideal stepping stone to building a future, forging a career, and providing for your family.”
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