Janell Siek wins APPMA scholarship

Janelle Siek has won the 2019 APPMA Scholarship, receiving entry in the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) Diploma in Packaging Technology, worth $9000.

Siek holds a Bachelor of Science (Food Technology) with First Class Honours and has been working in the packaging industry for four years, currently working as a packaging technologist for Nestle Australia.

She says that packaging is perhaps the most hard-working component of any product found in the retail space, and believes that "packaging has a profound impact in a product’s lifecycle all the way from production to consumption and this keeps me interested in pursuing a career in packaging."

The Diploma is an internationally recognised Level 5 qualification that is designed for those wishing to pursue a career in the packaging industry, or for those who are already in the industry and wish to extend their packaging knowledge and expertise.

It is offered exclusively through the Australian Institute of Packaging, the peak professional body for packaging education and training in Australasia.

Siek beat out Brittany Puyol, product & packaging designer, Edlyn Foods and Karunia Adhiputra, packaging technologist, Technical & Production, Nestle Australia.

Siek says that packaging is perhaps the most hard-working component of any product found in the retail space, and believes that packaging has a profound impact in a product’s lifecycle all the way from production to consumption and this keeps me interested in pursuing a career in packaging.

Nerida Kelton, executive director, AIP, says, “As packaging itself is a very visible part of the waste problem, Janell is also very excited and motivated to see the upcoming innovations in our field so that one day we can truly say that packaging has had many leases of life and is well and truly sustainable.

“In applying for this scholarship, Janell hopes to build her packaging foundations as much as possible so that she can better innovate and problem solve. She also believes the Diploma in Packaging Technology will open doors for her in the field of packaging, such as pursuing further studies, opportunities to be a part of bigger projects and in the future a position as a Senior Packaging Technologist. She also sees that attaining her Diploma is her first step to becoming a Certified Packaging Professional (CPP)."

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