Anna Roland, technical officer at Betta Foods Australia, has won the The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) scholarship, announced during the 2012 AIP National Conference.
Mark Dingley, chairman of the APPMA, says that Roland 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 solutions.
The APPMA scholarship enables one person each year to study a Diploma in Packaging Technology programme. The APPMA scholarship programme has run for four years. Roland will commence the Diploma in Packaging Technology this year. She said, “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.
“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.”
She added, “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.”