Page 28 - Packaging News Magazine Jan-Feb 2019
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Message from the Chairman
“AUSPACK will incorporate a range of initiatives aimed at helping to close the education gap in a fast- moving, innovative environment ...”
Happy New Year to all members in our first 2019 edition of Machinery Matters, brought to you by the APPMA in an exclusive partnership with PKN Packaging News. I trust that your festive seasons were relaxing and joyful.
We are, of course, approaching AUSPACK. This very exciting event is a highlight in our calendar, with so much work behind it. Back in Melbourne from 26-29 March, this year is the most comprehensive, occupying the largest floorspace in its 34-year history. Make sure you get your Awards of Excellence entry in, and secure your ticket to the Gala Awards Ceremony on 27 March – tickets are selling fast, with over 50 per cent already sold.
Come and visit the APPMA stand at AUSPACK (stand B140). As part of our commitment to sustainability, education and member services, the APPMA will this year establish a combined stand comprising four select business and industry partners. With many APPMA members being privately owned family businesses, this is a great opportunity to understand more about the Family Business Association’s services. Having the Fight Food Waste Co-operative Research Centre and Foodbank provides the opportunity to promote these organisations’ good work and support their causes. Plus, make sure you talk to RMIT Online about their course offerings and the opportunities to add value and knowledge to your existing industry workforce.
In addition to the RMIT Online opportunities, AUSPACK will incorporate a range of initiatives aimed at helping to close the education gap in a fast-moving, innovative environment. Look out for the World Skills Project, a social enterprise that promotes and showcases vocational education and training, trades and apprenticeships, fostering career pathways for young Australians. Make sure you get along to the inaugural Business and Industry Conference (26-27 March), which is also part of Packaging and Processing Week 2019, to hear more about industry challenges and opportunities around sustainability, innovations in technology, robotics and design, as well as systems thinking and factories of the future.
The APPMA annual scholarship, providing one packaging technologist, designer or engineer in Australia the opportunity to complete an AIP Diploma in Packaging Technology, is again on offer. We encourage all suitable applicants to lodge their submissions as soon as possible, with the lucky recipient to also be announced at the APPMA Gala Awards Ceremony.
The APPMA will also again have a stand at Propak Asia in June. I’ll talk more about this next issue, including the benefits and opportunities available to members.
Machinery Matters is your publication, so I encourage every member to submit white papers, news and announcements for this and other APPMA communication channels.
While many indicators point to an improvement in the fundamental economic conditions of manufacturing, one key factor that could hold back that recovery is the shortage of skilled workforce. The APPMA believes that in order for Australian organisations to respond to our workforce requirements, companies must plan now for the changes, challenges and opportunities faced in developing the right jobs and skills for future generations.
The NextGen Breakfast Forum, taking place at AUSPACK on Friday 29 March 2019, will feature an expert line-up of business leaders who will discuss how to attract, retain and get
the maximum value from the next generation, and include insights into their employment expectations, motivations and goals.
This session will also include a discussion panel bringing insight and opinions from different industries. It will feature organisations that are leading the way on best practices when it comes to the future generation in the workplace.
Key topics covered:
• NextGen workplace motivations and goals • Tactics for adoption and retention of our
NextGen workforce
• Understanding the power of employer
branding to attract the right talent
• NextGen lifestyle insights, spending habits
and spending patterns
• Recruitment trends and tips on how we can
use the latest tech to find the best talent
The NextGen Breakfast Forum will be hosted by David Willey, the founder of Growth Tank, one of Australia’s prominent voices on understanding millennials and GenZ.
Willey has worked with some of the biggest brands across Australia and Europe including Apple, Nike, Spotify, Google, Ogilvy, Budweiser, and Dan Murphy’s.

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