The second scholarship for the Certificate in Packaging was awarded by the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) to Eric Chau at the recent Cormack Innovation Awards evening.
The AIP Certificate in Packaging is an internationally accredited course developed by the Institute of Packaging UK (IoP) and holds recognition in 27 countries.
Mr Pierre Pienaar, FAIP, National President of the AIP said that the scholarship was awarded to Eric Chau, an Industrial Design student at the University of New South Wales and a finalist at the 2010 Cormack Innovation Awards.
Eric Chau impressed the panel of judges with his enthusiasm and passion to pursue a career within the packaging industry.
Speaking of the selection, Mr Pienaar said that Eric actively sought unpaid internships to broaden his knowledge and gain valuable networks within the industry. With still 18 months to go in his Industrial Design degree course, Eric has already complete a diploma in business management and is also a regular at AIP site visits as well as student programs.
Eric displayed comprehensive knowledge and deep insight into current packaging issues, offering sound advice on their resolution.
The judges believe that Eric will benefit from the AIP Scholarship and will actively utilise his skills to benefit the packaging industry by moving into a role in the design and development of materials once he has completed his studies.
Mr Pienaar adds that Eric has the determination and drive to succeed in his chosen profession of Industrial Design.
Eric Chau says that winning the AIP Scholarship will definitely change his whole career, opening up endless possibilities. He sees the scholarship as an early break into packaging and hopes to make an impact within the packaging industry.
The Cormack Innovation Award scholarship complements other programs initiated by the AIP including the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) scholarship for the Diploma in Packaging Technology as well as the AIP scholarship for the Certificate in Packaging at the PCA Southern Cross Awards.