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Australasian Bioplastics Association launches scholarship program

The Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA) has launched a new annual scholarship program for the Australasian region.

The ABA Scholarship program will be run in partnership with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and will enable one eligible candidate the opportunity to undertake a Diploma in Packaging Technology, worth $9,000.

Meanwhile, a second person will be given the opportunity to undertake a Certificate in Packaging, valued at $7,000.

“The opportunity for the ABA to sponsor packaging scholarships with the AIP is extremely valuable for not only ABA Members but also the broader packaging community at large,” said ABA President, Rowan Williams.

“The demand for alternative packaging forms, whether bioplastic or other materials, is an extremely important challenge for all given the targets of all packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

“Companies also need to be working towards the National Plastic Plan of eliminating problematic types of packaging and introducing those that are certified compostable to meet the Australian Standards.”

It’s hoped the scholarship program will benefit the packaging industry by providing diploma’s specifically catered to the industry.

“The ABA Scholarship program will create tremendous educational opportunities for the next generation of leaders,” said AIP Education Director, Prof Pierre Pienaar FAIP.

“(And) at the same time enhance the knowledge base of the recipients. The ABA should be commended for developing this program for their Members and we look forward to seeing the applications for 2021.”

Applications, which will close on April 30, can be made through the AIP website.

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