1st European Conference on the Future of Business Education in Packaging

The conference

Every second, 100.000 products are packaged and distributed globally by industry and retail – and unpacked by the end-user. For Europe, the estimate is 25.000 products each second. This makes packaging one of the most intensely discussed and complex activities of our times, with tens of thousands of professionals daily involved.

Which skills, knowledge and know-how regarding packaging are required for tomorrow’s workforce in retail, logistics, fulfilment, the packaged goods industry, design agencies and in suppliers of packaging materials, machinery and related services? Do we ensure that the skills, knowledge and know-how required will stay available and be up-to-date in the workforce? How do we define transparent job qualifications in packaging? How does European industry nurture the talents within the organisation and how do we implement the life-long education and training of the ageing knowledge workers in packaging?

This one-day conference brings answers on these questions, connects industry with education and training institutes and provides a concise view on how to maintain an agile workforce in the field of packaging to the benefit of industry, education institutes and society as a whole.
The conference language is (business) English.

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For whom?

The conference addresses the needs of managers in HRM and in other functions responsible for or involved in the development of skills, know-how and knowledge of the workforce in the field of packaging within their company.

Students at higher education institutes in Europe and NVC Packaging Professionals have free access to the conference. Please send an email to Irma Walstra.

The conference is a unique and attractive platform  for organisations offering business education and training in packaging. Please contact Charissa Koolen for more information.

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Programme

09.30       
Entry and registration

10.30        
Welcome
Prof.dr. Geert Dewulf, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Technology and Professor of Planning and Development at the University of Twente

10.40        
Introduction by the conference chairman: The importance of life-long learning in packaging for the vitality of retail and industry
Michael Nieuwesteeg MSc MEng, Managing Director of the NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre and Board Member of the World Packaging Organisation

  • The importance of the activity of packaging for the European Union
  • How many professionals in packaging? Which positions do they fulfil - and where and when...?
  • Challenges, threats and opportunities in maintaining the packaging expertise
  • A future perspective

11.10        
KEYNOTE Maintaining competitiveness in business: how to keep the workforce (25-67 years of age) well-trained and well-educated
Prof.dr. Filip Dochy, Professional Learning & Development, Corporate Training and Life-long Learning at KU Leuven

  • Life-long learning: a burden or a joy?
  • Do’s and don’ts in business education from an educational perspective
  • Obtaining tangible results in business education
  • Training methods in a globalising interconnected world

11.50        
PANEL DEBATE Life-long business learning in packaging between dream and reality

  • The will-power is strong, but the flesh is weak: too many budgetary and time constraints in business education?
  • Packaging as a discipline: too niche to be true?
  • Dreaming of a career, waking up in a job, dying unemployed…?
  • Joined or individual action?

           12.30        
           Lunch break with visit to information stands

13.30         
Round table discussions

  1. Exploring the life-long education and training road map in packaging
    RTD leader: Marion Richter, Dipl.-Kfm., Managing Director of Lytz BV
  2. Where do we need packaging skills and knowledge in the companies? How do we create transparency in the different job skills required?
    RTD leader: Jos Oostendorp M.Eng, Managing Director of Eastgreen.nl
  3. Identifying the difference between education and training in academia (age 18-24) and at the workplace (age 25-67)
    RTD leader: Roland ten Klooster, Ph.D,  Mentor of the NVC Course Programme in Packaging II and professor at the NVC Chair Packaging Design and Management at University Twente
  4. My career before and after my business education in packaging
    RTD leader: Alice Verhagen, B.Sc., Managing Director of AV Pack

14.50      
Reporting back from the Round Table Discussions: what did we learn together?

          15.00        
          Short break with visit to information stands

          15.30
          Panel Discussion and Conclusion

          16.00       
          End of the conference

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Date, time and location

The conference will take place on Thursday April 23rd, 2015 from 9.30 AM - 4.00 PM at The Gallery in Enschede The Netherlands. The Gallery is located at Twente University, home of the NVC Chair Packaging Design and Management.

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Costs

NVC members pay €65,00, non-members pay €95,00. For more information about the benefits of the NVC membership, please click here.

Students at higher education institutes in Europe and NVC Packaging Professionals have free access to the conference. Please send an email to Irma Walstra.

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