The Printing Charity has rebranded its annual Print Futures Awards as the Rising Star Awards. The awards, which champion young talent working in print, paper, publishing and packaging, are now open for entries for 2021.

‘Refreshing the name and branding makes it clear that the awards are not just about print but all the many aspects of our multifaceted sector,’ explained the charity’s chief executive Neil Lovell. ‘The sector continues to change and our awards, the largest single awards in our sector, are about celebrating the new generation of talent working within it; young people who are already demonstrating great potential.

‘We’ve had nearly 500 winners since the awards began and, let’s face it, after 2020 we need as much positivity about the sector and its future stars that we can get. We are excited to see who applies this year and are asking businesses to encourage their rising stars to apply.’

Applicants need to be aged 18 to 30, resident in the UK, working in the sector, and be clear on how the award will advance their career. Those who are recognised will receive up to £1500 towards the cost of training, professional accreditation or equipment to support career development.

The charity is encouraging applicants to talk to their manager, mentor or HR department about their proposed training to be sure it is right for them and their career. Training can also cover personal development such as presentation, leadership, management, and persuasion skills.

The application deadline is 7 March 2021. Video interviews with shortlisted applicants and industry judges will be held in late March and the winners will be announced in April.