Print Futures Awards 2020

Posted on March 7, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

We’ve got a great opportunity for aspiring professionals who want to get in or get on in publishing!

Applications for the annual Print Futures Awards are now open. The awards support 18-30 year olds who want to break into or progress in the UK print, paper, publishing, packaging and graphic arts sector. To receive an award, you’ll need a clear plan of how the financial support would help in developing or starting your career.

 

The charity would like to hear from young people who:

Are studying for sector-specific qualifications,

or

are already working in the UK print sector and want to develop their professional skills,

or

have a clear plan in place to take their first step into the sector.

 

Grants are up to £15,000 and are open to UK residents aged 18-30.

Grants cannot be used to pay for employers’ own staff training costs.

Applications close April 26th.

 

If you’re still unsure about applying, read about SYP InPrint Picture Editor Srishti’s experience when she won last year. The award meant she could take a professional development course, which helped her develop her professional skills and then get a new job!

I first found out about the Print Futures Award on the SYP’s social media pages last year. I was working at a small publishing company in Lancaster and was looking at training courses which would help develop my skills. A lot of the courses I was interested in were in or around London, which, after factoring in the travel, accommodation and the actual course fees, was unaffordable.

The Print Futures application process was quite straightforward; I filled out the online form and attended an interview in Leeds. It was quite a thorough process, where I was asked about why I wanted the award, what I would do with it, how much I would need to fund the course.

When I finally heard that I had won the award, I was ecstatic! I got to visit the House of Lords for the Awards ceremony, which was a surreal, once-in-a-lifetime experience. I met lots of young people working in the print and publishing industries, wanting to make the most of this opportunity and get ahead in the industry. It was a lovely summer evening, where we talked about publishing and printing, and ate canapes on the balcony, overlooking the London Eye.

I used the Award money to enrol onto an Editorial Project Management course, run by the Publishing Training Centre in London. At the time, I was a Book Design and Publishing Assistant, wanting to learn more about project management and production. I found the course incredibly useful in developing my project management skills. It focused on budgeting, scheduling, analysis and workflow management, which I found extremely interesting and useful. I was able to use that knowledge immediately at work, but it also prepared me for working at a larger company with more complex workflow systems, and more stakeholders to manage.

Being a recent English Literature and Creative Writing graduate, in my first job in publishing, I felt that I had a lot to learn. I felt as though I had entered publishing at the deep end and needed additional training to help me reach my potential. The Printing Charity made it all happen. Applying for the Print Futures Award was possibly one of the best decisions I have ever made. It enabled me to get some much-needed training, which would have otherwise been inaccessible to me.

Since winning the award, I have started a new role at Taylor & Francis, in the Books Production Services team, and I feel more comfortable and confident in my knowledge of the industry.