The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) have announced the establishment of their annual scholarship programme to provide one of the top 20 students in the Cormack Innovation Awards with the opportunity to complete a certificate in packaging.
The Cormack Innovation Award is regarded as one of the most pratical industrial design awards in Australia. The competition criteria and judging is done by senior industry representatives working in FMCG, beverage, chemical cleaning and pharmaceutical companies. The awards are open to third year industrial design students studying in Australia.
According to Matthew Cormack, Managing Director, Cormack Packaging, the partnership between Cormack packaging and the Australian Institute of Packaging marks a new era for the Cormack Innovation Awards. This is an opportunity to reinforce the importance of packaging education through increased exposure for the industry and for the talented student designers, all the while assisting the Awards to really grow in stature.
Cormack Packaging view the affiliation with the AIP as a testament to the increased importance of providing a gateway of education and opportunity for young industrial designers into the packaging industry, reinforcing the Cormack Innovation Universities programme that they have implemented for the last 7 years. The AIP Certificate in Packaging is an on-line course developed by the Institute of Packaging UK (IoP). It is accredited by the Packaging Industry Awarding Body Company (PIABC) in the UK and holds international recognition in 27 countries.
According to Craig Wellman, MAIP, the National President, AIP, the AIP certificate in packaging has a broad appeal, from people who are embarking on a career in packaging to more established delegates who may be working in fields such as marketing, purchasing or logistics, for whom a detailed understanding of packaging will help them to develop their role.
The Certificate’s modular nature means that the successful student can select from a broad range of subjects to tailor a course relevant to their needs. The course is highly regarded across industry, especially in FMCG, and complements existing tertiary studies in design and related fields. It is suitable for any student seeking a future in any aspect of the packaging industry.The AIP see the collaboration with Cormack innovation awards as an opportunity to encourage industrial design students to commence a career in the packaging industry and to further their education in packaging. The inaugural AIP Certificate in Packaging Awardee will be announced at the Cormack innovation awards function in October 2009. The top 20 designs will be displayed and the students will have the opportunity to meet and discuss their designs with senior industry members, government representatives, past winners and other students.