The Institute of Packaging Professionals UK (IoPP) has launched an apprenticeship scheme in partnership with City of Bristol College.
This work-based training programme has been developed specifically for the packaging industry to meet the growing need for practical skills and knowledge, whilst introducing more young people to a career in packaging.
Kevin Vyse, Director of IoPP UK, comments: “Apprenticeships are not only an important way of introducing fresh talent to the industry, but they also help to equip the students with the right skills when they come to seek employment. The IoPP sponsored work-based programme is designed around the needs of the employer. In return the employer will get a pre-screening of the students, a mentoring service for the students and a specific packaging training module to help them gain a recognised qualification in this vital business arena.”
Alison Rugg, Head of the Faculty of Business, Creativity and Computing at City of Bristol College, remarked: “We are delighted to be working with the Institute of Packaging Professionals UK on a modern apprenticeship initiative focussed on the packaging industry. The need for the industry to be involved in the educational process has never been more important, but to add the additional mentoring and packaging focus to this scenario, is a fantastic way to ensure both sides of the process benefit.“
The IoPP is dedicated to creating networking and educational opportunities for packaging professionals. It provides members with professional development programmes, knowledge-sharing, networking events, industry links and up-to-the-minute news and current thinking. The IoPP hosts a wide range of seminars, e-learning, webinars and will be prominent at all major packaging events.
Until 5th October 2012 IoPP UK is offering an ‘Earlybird’ membership rate for all UK packaging professionals. Those who join before this date will receive an Earlybird membership of £99 which is a great saving on the regular rate of £125. To receive the discount code, please email firstname.lastname@example.org . All IoPP members will receive a 15% discount off the PIRA Packaging Summit 2012 ticket price.
IoPP UK 2012 Events
September 18th 2012 - Karl McKeever and Dr Cathy Barnes discuss retail and pack relationships. Museum of Brands and Packaging, Notting Hill. Click here for more information about this event or to register. 
October 4th and 5th - easyFairs Packaging Innovation Show, Design Business Centre, Islington. Hosting the Key Note theatre and the Big Debate.
November 13th and 14th - PIRA Packaging Summit 2012, London Hilton Park Lane www.pack-summit.com  - IoPP Members recieve a 15% discount on ticket price.
November 14th - Table at the Packaging News Awards - to book seats at the IoPP table please contact Fiona at email@example.com