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20 March 2019

Progress within print – awards to help individuals ignite their career within our industry

Progress within print – awards to help individuals ignite their career within our industry

Recognising and helping the talent in your business to further themselves, is extremely important, not only for them as individuals, but also for your business. Below are four Awards that do just that. They can either give an individual the opportunity to win grants to help improve skills or purchase vital equipment, or provide them with the recognition they deserve in the company and industry.

Victor Watson Trophy
Now in its fourth year, this Award was launched in memory of Victor Watson CBE DL to recognise a Young Person of Outstanding Achievement. It is open to any young person under the age of 31 at the time of the presentation, who is employed in the printing industry. This includes the printing supply chain, from journalism through to all aspects of printing and allied trades such as printing, publishing, manufacturing or operating presses, driving, cleaning, advertising, photography, graphic arts, making ink and recycling paper.

The nominator and nominee do not have to be associated with any particular organisation. The recipient of the trophy will be encouraged to apply for a Printing Charity bursary of £1,500.

Why not give someone the recognition that they deserve by nominating them to win this fantastic Award?

To nominate someone for The Victor Watson Trophy, please visit

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 31 May 2019.

Kathy Woodward Award for Learning
Launched in 2015 in memory of the BPIF's much loved CEO Kathy Woodward, who sadly passed away in 2014, the £1,000 Award - sponsored by Webmart - supports individuals in the print, packaging and graphic design industries to further their careers.

All applications for the Kathy Woodward Award should be made by visiting

The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 31 May 2019.


Print Futures Awards
The Printing Charity has launched its 2019 Print Futures Awards supporting workplace skills and routes into employment in the UK printing, paper, publishing, packaging, and graphic arts sector.

Applications for grants of up to £1,500 are invited from UK residents aged 18 to 30 years, who:
• are apprentices or studying for NVQs in UK print-related organisations
• are already working in UK print-related organisations and looking to develop their workplace skills
• are completing a recognised UK qualification and intending to take their first print-related role in the sector in 2019

Applicants will need to show a clear plan, including costings, of how the financial support will help develop their workplace skills or enhance their employability if they are starting out in the sector.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 29 April 2019. For more information and to complete the application online, please see

drupa Apprentice Award
Once every four years something quite remarkable takes place.

drupa - the world's leading trade fair for printing technologies provides everyone involved in the industry an outstanding networking arena. In recognition of this drupa and the BPIF are looking for two apprentices from the UK to join them in Düsseldorf to experience the wonder of drupa!

The Award includes:
2 apprentices
Two days at the show
Presentation of Award by Show Director - Sabine Geldermann
Return flights from the UK and 1 night hotel accommodation
Onsite support from BPIF

All applications for the drupa Apprentice Award should be by visiting


Apprenticeships National Awards 2019

These Awards showcase the diverse range of sector engaged with apprenticeships, and the success stories of those who have embraced apprenticeships with enthusiasm. 

The Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate the very best employers, apprentices and apprenticeships champions across the country.

To find out more information on these Awards please visit

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