Tips for Applicants

Key Dates

Applications open – Monday 11 June 2018

Deadline for Applications – Sunday 16 September 2018

Awards Dinner – Thursday 15 November 2018


Aged 18-40 at the date of the nomination/application (or 18-26 for the Rising Star award)

UK resident

Working in and around Manchester


There are 11 categories available.  Make sure to pick the one in which you are most outstanding!

What we are looking for

JCI is a voluntary personal development organisation. We are all about developing young people in Manchester to create a positive impact.

So, we are looking to recognise people who are committed to their own personal and professional development, who are excelling in their area, technically and commercially, and who show promise of being future leaders.  Tell us how you have made a difference, to your employer or your team or your community.

We like applications that are succinct and relevant, with supporting evidence. Clear facts and figures, and quotes from third parties are all good evidence.

How to fill in the application

There is an area for filling in details of the nominating person, if they are different from the person up for the award. We are genuinely indifferent about whether people nominate themselves or are nominated by others.

Otherwise, please make sure you answer all the questions, stick to the word counts and make sure you answer exactly what the question is asking.

Assume you are writing to an intelligent person from outside your industry – explain or avoid niche jargon or abbreviations.

There are no marks for style, spelling, punctuation and grammar… but it will naturally unnerve the judges if they are way off! It is highly recommended that the answers given in the application are succinct. Please use bullet points where possible to cover the criteria below:

Key Question 1 – Describe the nominee’s role/scope/responsibilities

Key Question 2 – Reasons for nomination

Key Question 3 – Describe the nominee’s achievements

Key Question 4 – Evidence