What the awards have funded, and the impact this has had

How Rising Stars used their funding

The Rising Star Awards provide career development grants for emerging talent in print, packaging, paper, publishing and graphics.

The funding can be used for a wide range of courses, supporting learning that will develop highly-valued personal skills. These can include: resilience; confidence and problem-solving; boosting core skills capability, including creative skills; and provide access to professional body and Chartered Institute courses.

Funding a wide range of training & development

A huge variety of training and development choices

2022 winner Chelsea Davis, Account Manager at packaging specialist Coveris, said, “I wanted to undertake leadership and management courses to help solidify skills for my personal development, such as problem-solving and improvement. These are crucial for helping me to achieve my personal career goals and to work towards becoming an inspired leader, continuing to build my career in print.”

The training had a positive impact on Chelsea’s career, as she continues; “Since winning the award a colleague and I have been given the opportunity to head up a sales team, which is a step in the right direction for my career and means I can put what I learnt into practice.”

Chartered Institute training – an Advanced Certificate in Digital Copywriting with the IDM – enabled Victoria Blackwell, Marketing Executive at print and communications specialist Page Bros, to build a new skill set to support her career growth.

“I was particularly interested in how digital copywriting could enhance my knowledge and application of SEO strategy”, she said. “Thanks to the Rising Star Awards, I’ve gained a new skill and qualification.”

Skills that provide a measurable impact on career trajectory

Lauryn Hall, SEO and copywriting executive at Springfield Solutions, wanted to undertake a Digital Copywriting masterclass with the CIM to develop her skills in this area in a collaborative environment with plenty of practical assignments.

Lauryn has seen the direct impact of her course on both the marketing output she produces, and on her personal approach to her career development. She says: “The course has given me the confidence to put myself forward with added responsibilities in my role.”

Journalist Dom Smith credits his Rising Star Award, and the professional body training it helped to fund, with playing a key part in landing his dream role. Having successfully applied to gain funding for NCTJ training, the Sports Journalism diploma he took helped him become football reporter at the Evening Standard.

The Rising Star Awards are open until 2nd April 2023 for applicants looking to progress their career in print, packaging, paper, publishing and graphics, and shine. Find out more

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