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Esko supports post-secondary packaging technology students


September 17, 2020
By PrintAction Staff

Esko has donated software licenses to leading educational institutions in North America to support post-secondary students in packaging engineering and technology studies. The investment also includes Esko’s structural design and production software platforms.

“We are thrilled to continue supporting the education of the next generation of packaging employees with the donation. We strongly believe in investing in the future of our industry and have supported schools across the country in this way for a number of years now,” said Melissa Plemen, senior director of inside sales and marketing at Esko. “We’re delighted to be able to continue that with this latest significant donation in kind.”

Some school using Esko’s software include Ryerson University, Clemson University, Cal Poly University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin – Stout, Dunwoody College of Technology, Michigan State University and Indiana State University.

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“It’s widely accepted that our sector has an aging workforce and a skills gap continues to become more and more apparent,” added Plemen. “As technological advances lead to changes within the sector, it’s vitally important that the industry supports the education and training of young people as we drive to develop and inspire the packaging experts of the future.”

She continued, “Our commitment ensures today’s students are familiar with the latest Esko software utilized around the world to manage packaging and print processes, enabling them to be truly ready for work and have the skills required to enter the sector.”

Through this donation, packaging course tutors can now use the same software used by major brands and allow them to teach a wide range of skill sets. The software allows students to design and create packaging systems from ideation to virtual and physical prototypes, preparing them for future roles in the packaging industry.

“The global pandemic has underlined the important role technology already plays in keeping the packaging supply chain moving,” said Plemen. “As the future of the industry will inevitably involve further digitization, automation and connectivity, it is crucial that the workforce of tomorrow is as skilled and knowledgeable as possible before they embark on their career. We see this donation as part of our contribution to ensuring that vision becomes a reality, investing in not just the future of these young students, but also of our industry as a whole.”