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Antalis strengthens team with graduate recruits

Packaging Solutions

Antalis Packaging has appointed a new graduate, Ciara O’Driscoll to the role of graphic designer in the Smart Packaging Centre, maintaining its commitment to investing in the packaging designers of the future.

Ciara O’Driscoll, who graduated in graphic communication and illustration in 2022, said: ‘My degree provided me with opportunities to develop and explore the different areas within graphic design including illustration, branding and packaging. I refined and utilised these skills to create socially and sustainably conscious projects during my time at university.’

Ciara focuses on creating and applying designs based on customer’s brand guidelines to Antalis’ products and creating 3D renders to show clients a digital but realistic example of what the end product might look like.

Antalis is committed to investing in young talent, and regularly offers university students internships to help them develop their careers. After completing a one year placement at the company, Charlotte Bradford was offered a full time role as a packaging designer in the Antalis Smart Packaging Centre design team. Charlotte was awarded several prestigious accolades for her work, including Placement Student of the Year (Large Corporation) for her contribution to Antalis’ work during her placement. She also won the Gold Sponsors Award from Klockner Pentaplast within the IOM3 Starpack Students Awards, and New Designers Creative Conscience ‘Ethical Designer of the Year’ Award for her final year university project utilising seaweed to help the maritime industry reach net zero within the UK 2050 goal.

Zoe Donaldson was one of the first interns to join Antalis’ Smart Packaging Centre during her time at Nottingham Trent University and was offered a full time job after she finished her degree. Zoe is now working as a packaging designer in the Antalis Smart Packaging Centre and commented that she would encourage any design student to consider packaging as a career.

Zoe said, ‘The world always needs packaging, and the industry is always pushing forward with new sustainable, creative and cost effective materials, equipment and ideas, providing an exciting opportunity for any young designer.’


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