packaging

Packaging

If you enjoy getting creative, working with technology and producing a useful product, a career in the packaging industry could suit you.

Careers information

What do they do?

Packaging machine operators use specialist machines to create attractive, protective paperboard packaging for things like food, beauty products, household appliances, beverages etc. They also check that packaging meets specifications

Typical day

Typically, an 8 hour day. Packaging machine operators plan, set up and run machines to make ready, cut and crease substrates, glue and fold elements to meet specific quality standards.

How could I get into the industry?

Three years of secondary education are recommended to enter training as a printer. Useful subjects include English and maths, or credits in literacy and numeracy, technology and computer studies.

The Gateway secondary schools programme provides structured workplace learning to senior secondary school students. Competenz provides training resources and support to assist a student’s completion of the unit standards.

After school most people find a job as a printer, and then start an apprenticeship.

How we support your industry

We partner with your industry association PrintNZ and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential apprentices, and encouraging work placements.

We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like the annual PrintNZ conference and celebrate your learners’ success, including as a joint venture partner in the annual Print Industry Apprentice of the Year Awards.

National qualifications

Competenz has different training options to suit the needs of your staff and the equipment in your workplace.

These include completing an apprenticeship, a shorter training programme or just one or two modules. The length of time it takes to complete the training will vary depending on which option is chosen.

The general skills involved in the apprenticeship programme include:

  • Safety
  • Trade knowledge including machine design, colour terms, workflow and warehousing
  • Maintenance
  • Trade calculations
  • Business and quality principles
  • Quality practices and environment

New Zealand Certificate in Fibreboard Packaging is available at Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4. Apprenticeships for fibreboard packaging are available. Other options include completing just one National Certificate or a limited credit training program to suit your particular needs. Specialisations within these qualifications include:

  • Corrugated Board Manufacture
  • Gluing
  • Diecutting
  • Diemaking
  • Printing

Study Programme

Most of the learning for printing and binding and finishing qualifications is completed on the job. Depending on the area of training selected there may be the requirement to attend a short course. Your account manager will advise you on these as necessary.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview for Level 2.
Click here for the NZQA qualification overview for Level 3.
Click here for the NZQA qualification overview for Level 4.

The Level 5 Diploma in Management – Print is a great way to advance your career in the fibreboard packaging industry. If you already work or are planning to work in production, administration, sales or management, this is the ideal way to advance your knowledge, skills and qualifications for the present and future.

This diploma has been designed with flexibility, understanding you already have busy jobs. It is also challenging. Like stepping into a management role, the diploma is a step up from apprenticeships you may have done in the past.

The Diploma in Management – Print is a flexible qualification, providing several options depending on whether you wish to complete just a few papers, or the full diploma qualification. You may be able to have previous study cross-credited to this qualification.

Study Programme

Most of the learning for printing and binding and finishing qualifications is completed on the job. Depending on the area of training selected there may be the requirement to attend a short course. Your account manager will advise you on these as necessary.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.