Fighting the skills shortage in packaging: 25 new NVC Packaging Professional graduates

26 June 2019

On Tuesday 25 June 2019, the graduation ceremony for NVC Packaging Professionals took place in Gouda, hometown of the NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre. Twenty-five (25) business students passed the exam and can now be referred to as NVC Packaging Professional. NVC Packaging Professionals provide an essential contribution to the development of packaging worldwide, both in the business sector and in government bodies and research institutes. The new graduates are included in the Register NVC Packaging Professionals, which now holds 672 names.

The examination is managed by the independent Stichting NVC Examens under the supervision of the Netherlands Business Exam Authority (Stichting Examenkamer). The Diplomas are internationally characterised in terms of the European Qualifications Framework for Life Long Learning EQF with EQF5 and EQF6 levels.
The EQF is a common European reference framework used to compare professional qualifications within Europe. The eight European reference levels (EQF1-8) are defined on the basis of learning outcomes: knowledge, skills and competences. The desired learning results are derived from the various (packaging) job descriptions.

On the basis of the EQF characteristics, internationally operating companies (retailers, manufacturers, suppliers of packaging, etc.) know better which packaging professionals have the desired level. This helps to attract and retain qualified personnel. Packaging professionals increase their employability in the internationalising and flexibilising labor market as they can refer to the independent examination and the EQF level of their resulting diploma.

The following company students obtained the diploma NVC Packaging Professional I:
Marinela Bezemer, Ilpra Benelux BV; Els Boukes, Moonen Packaging; Guido de Gooijer, Van Barneveld Verpakkingen BV; Hans Jansen, Teijin Aramid (Teijin Twaron BV); Yoran Konijn, Royal Vaassen Flexible Packaging; Marita van de Koppel - van Kouwen, Mars Nederland; Rob Peeters, Rob Peeters Project Support; Valentijn van Riel, Mars Nederland; Elina Schaaij-Guijt, The Kraft Heinz Company Supply Chain HUB; Arjan Schonewille, Smurfit Kappa MNL Golfkarton location Eerbeek; Ger Standhardt, FrieslandCampina Innovation Centre; Michèle Su, The Kraft Heinz Company Supply Chain HUB; Ellen van de Ven, MedImmune Pharma B.V.; Valerie Verberne - Smak Gregoor, Fasten BV; Judy Verkade, Menken Orlando BV; Dennis Voskamp, De Jong Verpakking BV and Brechtje van der Werf.

The following company students obtained the diploma NVC Packaging Professional II:
Tim Van Caelenberg, Puratos NV; Tessa Eising, The Kraft Heinz Company Supply Chain HUB; Maarten Geerse, Bavaria NV; André de Groot, Bouter Group (A-ware Bouter Cheese); Martin Jansen, Nouryon Polymer Chemistry; Pilar Perez Redon, The Kraft Heinz Company Supply Chain HUB; Edith van Sprundel, The Kraft Heinz Company Supply Chain HUB and Vladimir Zernin, JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS RTL NL B.V. location Utrecht.

On 25 September 2019, a new group of NVC Course Programme in Packaging I will start. The exams take place twice a year, usually in January and in April.

More information
For more information, contact Oscar Faber, or +31-(0) 182-51241.
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