Last updateWed, 19 Jun 2024 7pm

UK’s only undergraduate degree in packaging opens enrolment for 2024/25 cohort

Sheffield Hallam University announces the opening of enrolment for its Higher Degree Apprenticeship Packaging Professional BSc undergraduate course. Designed by the packaging industry, for the packaging industry, the course is the only one of its kind in the UK and aims to upskill the next generation of packaging professionals and support the long-term growth of the industry.

The packaging industry continues to evolve, with rapid advancements in technology, design, and sustainability. The course meets these challenges head-on, led by Peter Macqueen, Principal Lecturer, Apprenticeships at Sheffield Hallam University.

"Education is the cornerstone of progress in the packaging industry," says Peter Macqueen. "With our Higher Degree Apprenticeship Packaging Professional course, we are equipping the next generation of packaging professionals with the skills, knowledge, and behaviours needed to thrive in this dynamic field. What this also achieves is future-proofing the packaging industry, at a time when workforce challenges are mounting. We need new young talent to be attracted into the industry in the first place, which is no mean feat, and we need to upskill the future leaders in the sector. This course is critical in that drive.”

Designed in collaboration with leading industry experts, the course curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including materials science, sustainability theory, supply chain knowledge, business management, and legislative awareness.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, and real-world projects, ensuring they graduate with a comprehensive understanding of the packaging ecosystem. What’s more, the course is formatted in such a way that students can learn and engage without compromising their day-to-day roles in packaging businesses, taking up only 44 academic study days at the University of the three-year course period.

One of the central features of the programme is its work-based learning approach, enabling students to combine academic study with practical work experience. Employers in England can utilise Apprenticeship levies to fund the course, making it a cost-effective investment in talent development.

"There are limited options for a packaging-specific qualification in the UK, and certainly fewer opportunities than in other markets such as Germany and the US. Breaking ground as the only undergraduate packaging degree in the UK, our course fills a critical gap in the education landscape," adds Peter. "Places are limited to ensure every student can engage fully, so we invite packaging professionals and businesses to join us in shaping the future of the industry by enrolling in this programme early."



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