Rising Star Awards application process

Think you could be a Rising Star? Our handy application process guide can help you prepare to accelerate your career.

Step One

You can only receive a Rising Star Award once, so please ensure this is the right time for you, and you have completed your research on what’s right for you and your future.

Step Two

Research chosen courses, their cost, and running dates before you complete your application as you will need to provide specific details such as start date, cost and web links. 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, is significantly more expensive than another retailer or where you propose second hand equipment.

Step Three

Discuss with your line manager or mentor about your development plans and what training or courses would benefit you the most. We recommend asking someone, if they agree on the value of the proposed courses to you and your career path.

Grants cannot replace or supplement employer’s training costs. Please consider if you are seeking funding for a core skill integral to your role, or if the benefit of the training may be more for the organisation than yourself. Please talk about your ideas with your employer, as they may be able to fund this for you and help you choose alternatives that really are for you and your personal development.

Step Four

Submit a completed application form explaining why you should get an award. All applications will be reviewed and assessed according to the Awards criteria and a proportion shortlisted for interview. The application is our first, and only impression of you, so please consider your answers carefully.

We will ask you for a headshot photograph as part of your application, so please make sure you have one to hand. If you are successful, this headshot will be used on our website, social media and in our marketing materials. Your headshot should include:

  • Your head and shoulders
  • Be taken against a white background
  • Not a selfie
  • Of a good resolution (minimum 1MB).
  • Don’t forget to smile!
  • After the closing date
  • You will hear back from the charity whether you have been successful in the initial application stage.

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If it's a no…

Ask for feedback on your application, sign up to our newsletter and follow us on social media so you can apply next time.

If it's a yes…

Great! You’ll be invited to book a slot for an interview. Interviews will be approximately 40 minutes via video call. 


Attend an interview slot with panel of judges from the industry who will want to hear more about your career plans and the value that the award will have on your personal development

Post interview, you will hear back from the charity whether you have been selected as a Rising Star.

If it’s a yes…

Congratulations! The Charity will be in touch with you on your award payment depending on your chosen course/training/equipment. For those applicants successfully awarded, funds are transferred either to you or your training provider approximately one month before required and receipts are required within 7 days of funds receipt.

Becoming a Rising Star Award winner will give you access to our alumni group and allow you to keep in touch with the Charity on a long term basis. It’s important for us to follow your journey and see the impact of our support.

If it’s a no…

Ask for feedback on your interview. Take some time to digest the feedback and consider an application next year – oh, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.

Get in touch

If you, or someone you know needs support, or you’d like to know more about our free, confidential helpline, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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