In its 15th year, the Printing Charity’s Rising Star awards are now open for applications.

The grant-giving Rising Star awards offer successful applicants aged 18-30, working in any job role in the industry sectors (print, paper, packaging, graphics, and publishing), up to £1500 to invest in training and development.

The charity recommends potential applicants to speak to their manager, mentor, or a trusted colleague before making an application to help identify skills gaps or personal development goals and what courses will best help to address these.

Printing Charity CEO Neil Lovell commented, ‘The Rising Star awards are a flagship programme specifically focussed on emerging young talent in our sector.

‘They offer a fantastic opportunity for us to work with businesses in the industry to support and celebrate the range of exceptional rising stars within it.’

Previous winners have chosen a wide range of diverse courses covering personal development, such as communication, resilience, or presentation skills; leadership & management; enhancing core skills; and industry-recognised qualifications from professional bodies.

2023 awards alumna Gabby Solarek, from Eight Days A Week Print Solutions, stated, ‘My award has boosted my confidence, visibility, and profile. I couldn’t be happier.’

Another graduate from the awards in 2023, Jake Ross from Solopress, said, ‘I now feel armed with an arsenal of tools to sharpen my skills going forward.

‘On top of the award itself, these courses will help build my profile, both now and in the future.’

Mr Lovell concluded, ‘The range of training our 2023 winners applied for really highlights the diversity of roles in our ever-changing and innovative industry and shows the potential for a fulfilling career within it for any young person, regardless of their chosen career pathway.’