The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association, in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Packaging , have announced that the second annual scholarship program will enable a packaging engineer the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology. The 2009 winner was Rebecca Du AAIP, who is a packaging engineer at Amcor Fibre Packaging. Rebecca commenced her Diploma in Packaging Technology Degree in late 2009.
The scholarship program is not only an opportunity for a packaging engineer to further their education in the field of packaging, but also allows associations like theirs to contribute to the industry. According to Mr Rob Lawrence, Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association “The annual scholarship enables the awardee to enrol in the Australian Institute of Packaging Diploma in Packaging Technology; an internationally recognised and accredited course,”
The Diploma in Packaging Technology has been offered by the AIP continuously since 1980 and is now offered on-line. The qualification is broad, and provides an opportunity to study the principles of packaging, packaging materials and packaging processes. The Diploma is a degree-level qualification that prepares students to take responsibility for packaging operations at any level through the supply chain.
Craig Wellman MAIP, National President of the AIP added that the Institute is grateful that associations like the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association recognise the importance of education and training and are contributing to the growth of the packaging industry as a whole in Australia. “The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association annual scholarship program is now in its second year and the AIP encourages all packaging engineers to register for the 2010 scholarship,” Mr Wellman said.