Third “showdown” of the young freight forwarders in Austria

At the AustriaSkills, graduates of the apprenticeship for freight forwarders show their skills in Vienna

Third “showdown” of the young freight forwarders in Austria Bild: WKO

In 2019, the state championship for freight forwarding agents will be held for the third time, this time from 7 to 9 November at the Wifi Vienna. Here, the best graduates of the apprenticeship of forwarding merchant from all over Austria come together to prove their professional skills.

Participants compete in seven different modules, in which they have to solve various practical tasks. Among other things, the young people have to present their services in the fields of new customer acquisition, quotation calculation, transport costing and processing, sea freight handling as well as claims and claims handling. In total, the competitions last 16 hours, divided over three days.

This year’s applicants are:

-) Franziska Hofer, Hödlmayr Logistics, Upper Austria

-) Marco Huber, DB Schenker, Salzburg

-) Alexander Knab, Gebrüder Weiss, Tyrol

-) Dejan Paponjak, Spedition Traussnig, Carinthia

-) Melvin Skrijelj, Mediterranean Shipping Company Austria, Vienna

-) Tobias Tropper, Kühne + Nagel, Styria

-) Kristina Wimbauer, Quehenberger Logistics, Upper Austria

-) Christian Zeilinger, Kühne + Nagel, Lower Austria

An independent jury, consisting of Austria-wide experts in the forwarding industry, then rates the services. “To be part of the competition means a lot. Each participant brings a great performance,” says Alfred Wolfram, chairman of the Association Spedition and Logistics in the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ). The winner gets a travel voucher for a short trip with company (flight and hotel) to a European capital.

In 2015, the Association of Forwarding and Logistics initiated the state championships for forwarding agents for the first time . As a result, the profession of the forwarding agent qualified as the first non-manual profession for the international skills competitions, where Austrian representatives have already successfully represented the profession with a 2nd and 3rd place.