A task force led by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) with active participation from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarder 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 researchers agreed 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.