Professional Packaging Training Introduction IOP: The Packaging Society has been the Our flagship course is the Diploma in lead organisation for the British Packaging Packaging Technology, a degree level course developed to provide in-depth industry for the last sixty years, with a membership that represents the whole supply chain, including packaging manufacturers, converters, suppliers, packer/fillers and retailers. Dynamic and innovative, employing thousands of people and making a multi-billion pound contribution to the economy, packaging plays a significant role in protection and promotion of products the world over. As customers and consumers become ever more demanding, and as the market changes, it is more important than ever to ensure that individuals are properly equipped to meet the challenges they face, so they can add value to their businesses and enhance their careers. aimed at technologists and managers whose jobs have a packaging focus. The Certificate in Packaging has a broad appeal, from people who are embarking on a career in packaging to more established delegates who may be working in fields such as marketing, purchasing or logistics, for whom a more detailed understanding of packaging will help them to develop their role. The Certificate’s modular nature means that students can select from a broad range of subjects to tailor a course relevant to their needs. We also offer a programme of short courses that provides key up-todate information on specific areas of the packaging industry. understanding of the packaging industry Companies can take advantage of our Corporate Partnering Programme, which provides businesses with a tailored plan for on-going training and development of their key personnel. Delivery of our courses is flexible to meet the needs of business. This brochure provides an outline of all of our courses with more detailed information, course dates, prices and venues available on request or on our website www.iop.co.uk. Benefits to the business • Drive innovation and efficiency in your business • Staff motivation • Staff equipped to promote development • Best practice to maximise profit • Access the experience of the industry Benefits to the individual • A recognised, professional qualification • Add value to your business, prove your worth • Great networking opportunities • Broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills • Membership of a Chartered professional organisation • Continuous Professional Development – keep abreast of changes within the industry Diploma in Packaging Technology The Diploma in Packaging Technology is internationally recognised as the premier qualification in the industry and is accredited by PIABC, the Packaging Industry Awarding Body Company, which is in turn approved by QCA (Qualifications & Curriculum Authority). The Diploma is a degree-level qualification that prepares students to take responsibility for packaging operations at any level through the supply chain. Successful completion of the Diploma also provides students with an entry qualification for the MSc Packaging courses at the University of Loughborough and Brunel University. As Institute members, Diploma graduates are entitled to use the designatory letters M Inst Pkg (Dip). Format The Diploma in Packaging Technology is divided into five units. Assessment for units 1-4 is by examination, and for unit 5 by an assignment. The Fundamental Principles of Packaging This module explores the purpose of packaging from a functional perspective, and also the importance of packaging in broader marketing, environmental and socio-economic terms. Emphasis is placed on understanding product properties and the sometimes conflicting requirements and expectations at different points in the supply chain. Factors affecting safety and legality are considered, along with methods of ensuring compliance. 1 Packaging Materials and Components II Students follow a similar programme to Unit 2, studying plastics packaging materials, properties and components. Pack closures and the factors that affect seal integrity, adhesives and typical label materials are also covered in this unit. Packaging Processes Packaging Materials and Components I Students consider three of the most common packaging materials: glass, metals and paper/board. For each, raw materials, manufacturing and converting for high volume applications are studied. Material requirements to meet performance criteria for both packs and components throughout pack life, including packaging line, storage and distribution, display and sale are analysed, including environmental performance and disposal, market uses and applications, current and future usage. 2 Two key processes, referred to in earlier units, are studied in detail: • Printing and decorative processes for packaging materials • Packaging machinery and packaging line operations In both cases there is requirement for a detailed understanding of material properties. Managing Packaging Development This unit builds upon the knowledge gained in the other four units and introduces students to the management and commercial functions concerned with design, development, quality, production and use of packaging materials and components. 3 4 5 Diageo Oronoco Rum, Supreme Gold Award, Starpack 2006 Nobody can doubt Elliott Orlik’s influence in one of the world’s leading brands. As R&D Manager, his choices can mean millions of pounds of savings on one hand, and significant market share improvements on the other. The Diploma in Packaging Technology from IOP helped Elliott to gain the technical skills necessary to make the difference in this senior, highpressure position. Diploma case study Packaging R&D Manager, Pepsico Elliott Orlik Smiths Medical is a leading global supplier of medical devices for critical and intensive care, post-operative recovery and specialist infusion uses. Safe and effective packaging is a crucial element in the delivery of their product range. As a recent Diploma graduate, Mei will use the skills she has gained through the Diploma to strengthen her effectiveness in her important position – creating functional medical packaging that will have benefits to doctors, nurses and patients all over the world. Project Engineer, Smiths Medical International Mei Williams What’s in it for me? Completion of the Diploma in Packaging Technology demonstrates your commitment to your career and to the industry. Delegates who successfully complete the Diploma are equipping themselves for senior positions within the packaging industry. Networking opportunities abound, providing the chance to draw on the experience and knowledge of others. Who am I? Diploma students are from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, and are typically experienced practitioners or managers in technical, sales/ marketing, QA, purchasing, engineering or design. The Diploma is a Level 4 qualification (degree level) and students should understand that this is a detailed course, and will therefore usually have an education at least up to UK ‘A’ level standard and/or relevant industry experience. Diploma case study Certificate in Packaging The Certificate in Packaging is designed to meet the training needs of a wide variety of people involved in packaging, from the new entrant to the industry who wants the best possible preparation for a career in the industry, to design, production, management, sales and marketing or purchasing staff who need to deepen their understanding of this vital and complex discipline. The Certificate in Packaging is a level 3 qualification (‘A’ Level equivalent), accredited by PIABC. The course consists of a foundation unit taught in class and assessed by examination, followed by a student’s choice of four further units from the twelve on offer. These are taught on-line and assessed by assignment. Students may choose to study further units beyond those required for the completion of the Certificate, and certificates of achievement will be awarded for those successfully completed. Mandatory Unit This consists of four parts: The Fundamental Principles of Packaging introducing students to the subject, examining the role and function of packaging in preserving, enhancing and selling products. Understanding and Managing Packaging Cost examining the factors influencing finished costs and how they can be effectively managed. Quality management, especially defect prevention, is an important element. Introduction to Packaging Materials the various roles of packaging are considered along with the properties of materials that make them suitable for packaging applications. Special consideration is given to the key packaging materials of paper/board, glass, plastics and metals. Packaging Development presents a logical approach to managing and implementing packaging development, which can be adapted to suit FMCG packer/fillers as well as industrial product producers and converters. 1 2 3 4 Elective Units 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Legislation in Packaging – all packaging materials, machinery and processes must comply with legislation. This unit considers common legislation and how it applies to packaging. Product Portfolio Manager, Kellogg Co (GB) Wendy Winn Understanding the Hazards of Warehousing and Distribution – most physical damage to packed product occurs during warehousing and distribution, and this unit looks at packaging’s role in reducing damage. Packaging Design and Marketing – the role of marketing and the importance of close co-operation between marketing and packaging functions is considered as part of the process of delivering a product successfully to market. Paper and Board Packaging – by weight, the largest materials usage sector in packaging. This unit explores the use of paper and solid board in packaging, including cartons and cases. Unit 10 deals specifically with corrugated board. Plastics Packaging – an introduction to this complex subject, encompassing basic polymer chemistry to explain why plastic materials behave as they do, what their properties are and how they may be improved. Flexible Packaging – flexible packaging types and applications, laminates and mono-layers, materials and decorative techniques. Certificate case study The Kellogg Company dominates the global breakfast cereal market, with brand extension into a wide variety of snack foods. Wendy has been with Kellogg’s for over 20 years, beginning in finance before moving through supply chain into manufacturing as Supplier Liaison Manager, where she has been responsible for the development and introduction of new packaging materials and packagingbased promotions. Wendy’s Certificate in Packaging gave her the insight to develop specifications and functionality requirements for packaging, communicate them effectively with suppliers and plant operators, drive development and then effectively implement innovations onto fast, automated packing lines. Wendy was also PIABC Certificate Student of the Year 2006/7. Understanding Packaging Line Operations – introduces students to the packaging line, its components and how appropriate equipment selection impacts on efficiency and production costs. Printing of Packaging – this unit addresses the requirements for printing and compares the various printing processes. Labelling and Coding – labels are a vital tool in communicating the sales message and product information to the customer. This unit examines the importance of labels, the materials and printing techniques available. Corrugated Board Packaging – the uses and importance of corrugated packaging, grades and flute sizes and correct specification. Rigid Plastics Packaging – main uses, materials and manufacturing processes for jars, bottles, pots, compacts, closures, pails and drums etc. Environmental Aspects of Packaging – examining the concept of environmentally responsible packaging and the impact of legislation on designers, specifiers and users of packaging and packed product. What’s in it for me? The Certificate in Packaging provides a level of insight and understanding of the packaging industry that adds real and measurable value to careers and businesses. Packaging is a fundamental part of modern business, and the Certificate in Packaging provides you with the “detailed overview” of packaging processes that broadens your knowledge, adds value to your business and helps you to prove your worth. Who am I? Delegates to the Certificate in Packaging come to the course from a variety of areas. You may already be established in packaging as a buyer, marketer, production manager or sales person, now looking to expand your knowledge and deepen your understanding of the packaging environment. You may be embarking on a career within the industry and looking for the training that will provide you with a solid bed of information that you can build on. Other courses IOP: The Packaging Society also offers a programme of short courses. Courses are usually delivered at our Grantham centre, but may also be available in-company and at other centres throughout the UK and overseas. Please contact IOP for specific details. EQIPT assessors course for the BRC/IOP standard The BRC/IOP Global Standard for Food Packaging and other Packaging Materials, developed jointly between the IOP and the British Retail Consortium sets out hygiene and quality requirements for packaging manufacturers. Once the standard has been achieved regular evaluation audits are required to maintain accreditation. The course is taught as a three-day core, with assessment by a written examination, followed by optional units delivered on-line and based on various packaging sectors: paper and board, plastics, metals and glass. Auditors wishing to work in one or more of these areas need to study the appropriate units, which are assessed by written assignment. Course duration: 3 days at IOP: The Packaging Society, Grantham. The exam can be taken at Grantham or at British Consulates for overseas students. Who should attend? Individuals who wish to evaluate BRC/IOP Standard systems and who do not currently hold the IOP Diploma in Packaging Technology or other approved qualification. NB: Auditors also require qualifications in food technology/ environmental health/hygiene and quality assessment (Lead Assessor). Pharmaceutical Packaging This course covers the development and production of packaging for ethical, over the counter and veterinary pharmaceuticals and provides the required packaging knowledge for people training to become a “Qualified Person” within the meaning of the EC legislation. Includes: pack design and material selection, conversion, filling, security testing, transport and storage, plus artwork and production line control, future trends and developments. Print for Packaging Aimed at non-printers, this course provides a grounding in the techniques and terminology of this vital element of the packaging industry. Delegates will learn about the main printing techniques in use in packaging production, the workflow, processes and implications for cost and quality deriving from print choices. Packaging and Sustainability This course is presented in association with WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), and provides information about issues of sustainability, reuse, recovery and recycling of packaging and packaging materials. Delegates will develop a greater practical awareness of the issues of sustainability as applied to the packaging industry and increased tools and knowledge to promote change within their workplace. Course duration: 3 days, delivered at IOP: The Packaging Society, Grantham Course duration: 1 day Course duration: 1 day Who should attend? Delegates will have direct involvement with packaging operations within the pharmaceutical industry, possibly in production, development, technology, purchasing, QA/QC, marketing, regulatory or auditing functions. Who should attend? Production, marketing, artwork and design, planning or purchasing staff involved in the scheduling, selection or specification of printed packaging materials. Corporate Partnering Businesses can opt for a tailored training programme that focuses on their specific requirements and provides a bespoke learning experience for a specific group of employees or an entire workforce. Training programmes can be designed to lead into a qualification if required or to provide a set of information specific to a business or market area. The following case studies show how two quite different businesses have benefited from the programme. Case study 1 Plastics packaging IOP: The Packaging Society designed a course for a plastics company based in the South of England that involved the entire workforce and was used to support their Investors in People programme. The Company has a dedicated workforce, but the managers were concerned that employees did not have in-depth knowledge of the processes involved in the business and the markets the company served. The Institute developed a one-day awareness course comprising basic polymer science along with details of the manufacturing process and how the business met customer needs. The course was taken in mixed groups by all staff over a period of two months, helping them to better understand the business, their colleagues and the challenges that they face. UB students with their Certificate in Packaging Awards at Grantham. United Biscuits United Biscuits (UB), a leading European manufacturer of biscuits and snacks, owns many of the UK’s leading snack brands, including McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes, KP Nuts and Hula Hoops. The company was attracted by the flexibility of IOP Corporate Partnering, and a programme of modules was developed to equip employees with the skills and knowledge to become more effective in their individual roles. The first phase involved more than thirty staff members, from NPD, Purchasing and Group Technical departments as well as Factory Maintenance and Engineering operatives, and more than eighty people have now benefited from the training. Corporate Partnering with IOP has been so successful that United Biscuits has continued the programme into a fourth year and has included all their European sites. “ “Given UB’s investment in growth and innovation we were looking for specialist training in packaging to enhance the skills base of our employees. We felt that IOP was the best place to start looking for this type of training. Corporate Partnering was an attractive alternative to traditional qualifications or short courses as we are able to tailor the content to our particular market. To ensure that the knowledge employees gain is understood, theory classes have been supported by site visits to factories and suppliers where applicable.” Barry Pamplin, European Packaging Technology Controller, United Biscuits. Case study 2 Delivery options IOP: The Packaging Society courses are delivered through a combination of classroom tuition and on-line learning. There are a number of options: Contact us For more information on any of the courses featured in this brochure, including course fees, dates, venues and availability, please contact: Glennis Harwood, IOP: The Packaging Society, Springfield House, Springfield Business Park, Grantham, Lincs NG31 7BG. Tel: 01476 514590, Fax: 01476 514591, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web link for full prospectus: Diploma in Packaging Technology Intensive course: Delivered in five days per month over three months at IOP: The Packaging Society Head Office in Grantham. www.iop.co.uk Regional on-site course: Delivered in blocks of three days per month over five months, usually at a host company premises. On-line: The Diploma in Packaging Technology can now be delivered entirely on-line, with the support of specialist on-line tutors. Examinations may be taken either at IOP: The Packaging Society, Grantham, or selected locations in the UK and overseas. IOP: The Packaging Society is delighted to be supported by leading organisations for innovation and education in packaging through training and the Starpack Awards for Industry, Students and Schools. Certificate in Packaging The Certificate is delivered as a blended learning course of four days face to face tuition for the mandatory unit followed by access to on-line materials with support of specialist on-line tutors for the four elective units. Starpack Industry Examinations may be taken either at IOP: The Packaging Society, Grantham, or selected locations in the UK and overseas.