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Entries open for the next generation of printers

Entries are officially open for The Printing Charity’s Print Futures Awards, which supports young people looking to enter a career in print with grants.

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Neil Lovell with winners of the 2018 Print Futures Awards

Since 1827, The Printing Charity has supported those working in the industry. Through its Print Futures Awards, it offers grants of up to £1,500 for young apprentices in print, those working in print-related organisations who are looking to develop their workplace skills, or those currently completing a recognised UK qualification and are intending to pursue a career in print in 2019.

Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s chief executive, says: “We will consider applications for things such as post education internships; relevant training courses; professional accreditation; and kit and equipment where applicants can demonstrate they are beneficial to their studies, training, and development.”

Applicants are required to outline a clear plan, including costs, of how the financial support would help to develop their skills or increase their employability in the print sector.

We know from the sector that attracting more young people to it is vitally important

Lovell adds: “We know from the sector that attracting more young people to it is vitally important and these Awards respond to that call. We are asking businesses, particularly SMEs, to get behind this year’s Awards and encourage their eligible staff to apply. Awards, however, cannot be used to pay employers’ staff training costs.”

The closing deadline for applications is April 29th, 2019 and the shortlisted applicants will be interview by a panel of judges in early June. The awards ceremony will take place at a special event in London in July.

This year’s awards are sponsored by SAXOPRINT, The Book Trade Charity and Unite the Union (GPM & IT sector), and supported by the BPIF, the Journalists’ Charity and St Bride Foundation.

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