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Print welcomes bright young things at House of Lords reception

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Written on 29/07/2015 | Posted 2 years 6 months 20 days ago

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As is tradition, the awardees and supporters gathered in a Thames-facing suite at the UK's upper chamber As is tradition, the awardees and supporters gathered in a Thames-facing suite at the UK's upper chamber

The Printing Charity's Print Futures Awards initiative has provided 37 people aged between 17 and 30 years old with grants of up to £1,500 each in a haul of bursaries that reflects the most generous iteration of its initiative to date.

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde played host to the awards, which took place at the House of Lords on July 23rd and are also supported by the BPIF, St Bride Foundation and Unite the Union. The scheme intends to encourage younger individuals to start or continue a career in print, publishing and the graphic arts, whether as apprentices or at NVQ or degree level.

Liam Coleman applied for an award this year in order to meet the onerous financial strain implicated with the commencement of a Masters degree in the capital. "I applied for the Print Futures awards to help with the funding towards my Master of Arts in magazine journalism, which I'll be starting at City University in September," he explains. "I have spent the last two years saving towards the degree, but moving to London and the course itself are not cheap prospects. The Print Futures Awards are a godsend for both me and anyone else looking at furthering their career in the print and magazine industry."

Stephen Gilbert, chief executive of The Printing Charity, indicates that he hopes to encourage a more diverse field of applicants in next year's awards, which will open for entry in January 2016. "Next year I would like to see more young people applying who already work in the industry and want to undertake further training to develop their skills, including apprenticeships and NVQs," he elucidates.

"The Print Futures Awards have a vital role to play helping to train the new generation entering our industry."

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