The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) are pleased to announce that submissions are due on Friday 11 May for the fourth annual scholarship program, which will enable a packaging engineer the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology.
According to Mr Mark Dingley, Chairman of the APPMA:
“The Diploma in Packaging Technology is a Level 5 qualification which is internationally recognised for those wishing to pursue a career in the packaging industry or for those who are already in the industry and who wish to extend their knowledge and expertise. It has been offered by the AIP continuously since 1980 and has an exemplary record of successful students.”
“The Diploma prepares students to take responsibility for packaging operations at any level through the supply chain. The qualification is comprehensive and provides an opportunity to study the principles of packaging, packaging materials and packaging processes.”
There are two broad target groups for the scholarship:
- People currently employed in parts of the packaging industry who want to broaden their knowledge and understanding and take on greater levels of responsibility. Due to the diverse nature of the packaging and related industries, it is difficult to define this target group in terms of precise job functions.
- People who are currently employed in the industry, who may be following courses in associate subject areas such as packaging design, food science/technology, materials science/engineering and logistics, will find that this program broadens the scope of their studies. In designing the course, the principles of constructive alignment have been employed, eg, the intended learning outcomes, which reflect the requirements of industry, clarify the course objectives.
Pierre Pienaar, FAIP, National President of the AIP, added that the Institute is grateful that associations like the APPMA recognise the importance of education and training and are contributing to the growth of the packaging industry as a whole in Australia.
Submissions are now open for the APPMA 2012 Scholarship program.