The winner of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) scholarship program, consisting of a place in a year-long Diploma in Packaging Technology, was announced during the 2012 AIP National Conference at the Marriott Surfers Paradise.
The APPMA scholarship program has been running for four years and Chairman Mark Dingleyannounced the 2012 APPMA scholarship winner, Anna Roland, Technical Officer, Betta Foods Australia at the official dinner.
“The APPMA has awarded Anna Roland a scholarship to undertake a Diploma in Packaging Technology,” Dingley said.
“Anna has had the opportunity to work within the food and packaging industries and has completed various projects including assisting in film sealing which was her first exposure to the complexities involved in designing and implementing successful packaging.
“During the judging it was obvious that she has made a sustained effort and commitment to her studies to date and has gained the support and confidence of her employer and recognition of her professional aspirations.”
Roland said she was surprised by the win and looked forward to the opportunities it would bring.
“Winning the APPMA Scholarship gives me the opportunity to develop my understanding in both the design and practical aspects of packaging which without this help would take a lot longer to save up and begin,” she said.
“I am hoping that the learnings from the Diploma in Packaging Technology will provide greater support to the production floor and in the development of new products by our marketing and technical teams.
“In the short term, saving time detecting causes of packaging defects and reducing risk associated with product development and in the long term, laying a foundation of technical knowledge to build on as I contribute to product development and improvement.
“In a few years I hope that I will continue to be learning and challenged every day to use all the skills I have developed, and hopefully see the fruits of my current role in improving GMP, process improvement and implementing new products.” she said.