It has been around fifteen months since Ai Group, under the Victorian Government ISA project, began working closely with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) to deliver half day training courses to the industry.
The courses have been diverse with participants from across the industry, including packaging technologists, sales, production, distribution, and manufacturing managers.
These initial courses have been basic introductions to the industry and its nuisances, catering for those who have just started and those who are interested in knowing a little more. These courses act as a bridge to the certificate and diploma courses in packaging offered by the AIP.
Over the two year Industry Skills Adviser (ISA) project, seven AIP/Ai Group half day courses have been delivered in Melbourne and many have been repeated in Sydney and Brisbane.
The success has been due to the professionalism and expertise of the presenters and the ability of the AIP, together with Ai Group, to promote the courses to the whole industry. These courses and additional ones will continue, as the AIP are committed to member education and the development of the industry.
The 2007 survey of the industry that included both individuals and companies revealed the following training requirements:
- Competitive manufacturing
- Innovation and research
- Environmental issues
- Sales and Marketing
- Regulations and National Packaging Covenant
- Entry level/introductory information for packaging
- Management skills