The Rising Star Award is presented to an individual (employed or freelance) working inside a learning organisation or for an external provider, who has shown exceptional promise and made a significant impact. The individual will have spent less than 5 years in the Learning and Development industry.

Open to individuals who have worked in the L&D industry for less than 5 years.


The judges will be seeking evidence of creativity, innovation and rapid progress as a Learning Professional. The individual should be able to clearly respond to the challenge ‘what differentiations you from other Learning Professionals at a similar stage in their career’? The submission can be self-written or written on behalf of a nominated individual.


You are requested to structure your submission in a way that covers the sections below. Each section will be reviewed by the judges during the short-listing phase and the submission will be scored. Please ensure that you observe the strict word count criteria below.

  • Overview – a description of the role that you currently perform, and an indication of your career to date. Please indicate what makes you stand out from others at a similar point in their career. (Maximum 200 words)
  • Description of the key challenges, and the approaches adopted – consider the following points within your submission: key projects and assignments, subject matter issues, innovation, delivery and deployment considerations, personal development, and managing expectations. (Maximum 250 words)
  • Outcomes – what makes this year special and how can you provide evidence that you exceeded the expectations of your employer (or stakeholders) (Maximum 250 words)
  • Achievement – outline the milestones in your career to date on why this year is your year. What do you consider to be your core achievements within the last twelve months and why do you believe that this is the year that you should be the Rising Star? (Minimum 200 words; maximum 400 words)
  • Presentation – note that the Finalist will be required to give a 15-minute presentation on their role and achievements to the judges. The aim of the presentation is to demonstrate the excellence of the candidate’s contribution in either a face-to-face or online setting.
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