In conjunction with the AIP, the APPMA gave its ninth annual scholarship program to Michael Van Dord from Caps and Closures.
The technical and design engineer now has the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology valued at $9000.
The diploma prepares students to take responsibility for packaging operations at any level in the supply chain.
The qualification provides an opportunity to study the principles of packaging, packaging materials and packaging processes.
Apart from working for Caps and Closures, van Dord has a background in design.
Since moving over from aerospace engineering, he has worked in project engineering across many applications of caps and closures with various FMCG companies.
He also has a passion for education and has conducted lectures on packaging-related matters.
“As my understanding of the packaging world grows, so does the realisation that I've only scratched the surface of the full design cycle within the vast category that is packaging," van Dord said.
"I'm excited by the prospect of becoming a specialist within packaging and expanding my knowledge base within injection moulded closures and delving into areas of packing that I've not had experience with.
"I look forward to building on my skill set and through my link with the AIP, sharing my knowledge and experience with the broader packaging community.”