Jérôme FRUCHARD, packaging teacher, show you the interest of the collaboration between CNE and the world of the education
What can you tell us about the ISIP, the CEPE, and the FSPACK?
The ISIP (Postgraduate Institute for Packaging Engineering) is an engineering school specialized in packaging materials. It is part of the CIFOP (Vocational Training Center) of Angoulême. The CEPE (European Packaging Center) is the local extension for the IAE University School of Management from the University of Poitiers. It offers a second year Master course in marketing, communication design and packaging. The FSPack (Postgraduate Packaging Training) is an HSD + 3 course located in the city of Cognac for future packaging project managers. It has a technical platform to test packaging prototypes which is available to companies and students.
How did your schools and the CNE (French Packaging Council) come together?
Students use the CNE’s research, especially working group publications, for their work. Bruno Siri, general representative for the CNE, also came to our schools on several occasions to give lectures. Lastly, the Emballé 3.0 (Packaged 3.0) contest helped create a special relationship between the local students and the CNE.
What teaching value do you think the CNE missions and documentation have? How does that affect your day-to-day teaching?
Their work illustrates specific issues that come up during classes – environmental claims, for instance. Other publications, such as “Why are products packaged the way they are?” are part of the students’ basic reading, and give them an expanded view of the stakes and evolution of the packaging world.
Your students are taking part in the CNE’s Emballé 3.0 contest. How would define – in a few words – their interest in this contest?
Creating, reacting quickly, inventing, and managing deadlines and specifications. Our students will be entering the labor market very shortly and these skills are a requirement.
The CEPE won all three of the contest’s awards in 2013, and one in 2014. Have these results made you even more determined to commit to the CNE?
It is true that these achievements are making the students more daring with their projects every year. The high level of this contest gives both the winners and the CNE even more credibility.
Do you have any suggestions to further support the CNE’s teaching-related activities?
It seems to me that contests that value students’ work are the best way to create the relationships you were talking about. Concerning the CNE’s work, maybe we could have some of our students working on published topics, to further their reflection? But the many interventions of the CNE in schools already give it some measure of recognition.
You are the Chairman of France Emballage (France Packaging). Could you tell us briefly about the main missions and projects you wish to tackle?
France Emballage’s missions are first and foremost about fostering relationships between the people and organizations involved in packaging in the same region, from professional associations to training centers. We are also partners with one of the French National Research Agency’s programs. Its objective is the implementation of a modeling tool for chemical migrations, which should make designing even safer packaging easier. France Emballage also works with schools on a project to teach middle and high school students about packaging functions.
Is the CNE involved in your thinking process?
We are regularly in touch – be it via regional federations or school interventions – and so we exchange a lot. It is, however, always useful to reinforce this collaboration, in order to give more visibility to the packaging sector, both in France and abroad. In that way, the CNE’s work and France Emballage’s action would benefit from twice the communication from each organization’s network.