Our Print Futures Awards

Our flagship Print Futures Awards have been helping to attract and retain new talent in printing, paper, publishing, packaging and graphic arts since 2003.

Please read all of the below sections for more information on the Print Futures Awards. If you still have any questions, email us on awards@theprintingcharity.org.uk and we will try to help you.

Before you apply

Please consider before you make an application:
  • Discuss your development and your application with your manager, mentor or HR department (where appropriate). Grants cannot replace or supplement employer's training costs and it may be that your organisation can provide funding for the training or development you wish to complete
  • Please research the training or equipment you require before you start your application form as you will need to detail this within the application form and provide URL(s)
  • Include VAT in the pricing for each item requested
  • Please note, our preferred vendor for equipment is Argos. We ask that you check their website first for the cost of any equipment.  We will only consider an alternative vendor where the item is not stocked by Argos or is significantly more expensive than another retailer
  • We will ask you for a headshot photograph as part of your application, so please make sure you have one to hand. This headshot will only be used if you are successful in our Awards brochure. Please upload a photograph of your head and shoulders taken against a white background.  We don't accept selfies and need a good resolution (minimum 1MB).  Don't forget to smile!


Am I eligible to apply?

We want to hear from:

  • Individuals studying for sector-specific qualifications
    • Individuals already working in UK print-related organisations and looking to develop their practical and personal workplace skills
    • Individuals with clear plans in place to take their first step into the sector
  • There is no limit to the number of applications we can receive from one organisation

We ask that you are:

  • Are a UK resident able to live and work in the UK
  • Between the ages of 18-30 at the time of your application
What will you consider applications for?

We will consider applications for a wide variety of training, development, equipment and professional accreditations, where applicants can demonstrate they are beneficial to their workplace training and personal development.

  • Please note, we cap laptop funding requests at £500.
  • If you are requesting the renewal or replacement of a professional membership, item of equipment etc, please tell us how you have funded this in the past and why you are requesting the Charity’s support to do so now.
Is there anything you won't consider applications for?

Yes, we won’t support

  • Incomplete application forms and cost breakdowns
  • Previous Print Futures Award winners
  • Studies overseas
  • University tuition fees
  • Funding a hobby
  • Courses we feel your employer could/should be funding
  • The awards are not designed to support business start-ups unless there is a clear and proven training element where skills are being passed on to new audiences (such as where there is a community benefit).
  • The Charity does not support applications for living or travel costs for paid or unpaid internships where they are not confirmed.  The applicant must have an agreed internship offer and provide a detailed breakdown of the benefit this internship will provide and how they intend to cover any shortfall in their living and travel costs.
When will I hear if I have been successful?

Shortlisted candidates for the interview stages will be contacted the week commencing 4th May 2020

Successful award winners will be contacted from 10th June 2020

Information about the interviews


Shortlisted candidates will be contacted the week commencing Monday 4th May 2020 via email. Please remember to check both your inbox and junk folders for our email.

  • Candidates from the south will be invited to an interview on the 26th or 27th May in London.
  • Candidates from the north will be invited to an interview on the 2nd or 3rd June in Leeds.

Interview time slots will be available to book via an online link which you will receive via email. We recommend that you do this as soon as you receive confirmation of being shortlisted to avoid disappointment. If you have any trouble with your booking or need help, please get in contact with us on awards@theprintingcharity.org.uk.

Interviews are relaxed and will last approximately 45 minutes. This is your time to expand on your application and our panel of judges from the sector will want to know the difference an award will make to your career.

We are happy to reimburse your travel cost to your interview max £80, please book in advance to keep the cost down. If your travel is more than £80 please contact awards@theprintingcharity.org.uk. You will receive your travel reimbursement 2 weeks after your interview via bank transfer.

Print Futures Awards Schedule

Awards schedule

The schedule for the Print Futures Awards programme this year is as follows:

Applications open – February 24th 2020

Deadline for applications – Sunday 26th April 2020

Shortlisted candidates announced – Week commencing Monday 4th May 2020

Interviews for shortlisted candidates (South) – 26th and 27th May in LONDON

Interviews for shortlisted candidates (North) – 2nd and 3rd June in LEEDS

Award winners announced - 10th June

Awards evening reception - Thursday 16th July

Winners will receive their award money on or around the 17th July 2020. Receipts for award purchases must be returned to us via email within 7 days of receiving the funds to awards@theprintingcharity.org.uk. If you are unable to utilise the funds within this timeframe, for example because a course is unable to be booked until September 2020, please inform us of this and we will arrange an alternative payment date with you.

Where no evidence or receipts can be provided for use of the grant, The Printing Charity will request the funds are returned to us.

This application form is our first impression of you – consider your answers very carefully. Shortlisting will be based entirely on your application.

IMPORTANT: you cannot save your application form so please complete your application in full. If you have a query with any part of your application form, please contact awards@theprintingcharity.org.uk. You will receive a copy of your submitted application from us via email.

In the future, Nina hopes to commission her own digital products and will use her Award for key training courses at UCL and the Publishing Training Centre to achieve this goal.

Nina O'Reilly

Digital Editorial Assistant, Bloomsbury Publishing

What’s on offer

These grants are for people joining the sector as well as those progressing in it. They aim to champion the diverse range of roles the sector offers and showcase emerging talent.

The Awards help fund recognised UK training courses in support of personal and skills development and are open to UK residents aged 18 to 30 years.

Plus all winners automatically join our Print Futures Awards Alumni programme. We want to keep in touch so you can let us know how you have used your award and how your career is progressing. We will also share opportunities we hear about through our industry partners.