Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2015

The Creative & Cultural Skills Awards recognise those who have demonstrated a commitment to passing on skills and improving routes into work for young people. Congratulations to the winners.

The Apprentice of the Year Award is particularly prestigious. (Image © James Fletcher).
The Apprentice of the Year Award is particularly prestigious. (Image © James Fletcher).

Next year's Creative & Cultural Skills Awards will take place on 2 March 2016. 

Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2015

On 4 March 2015 industry leaders gathered at The Backstage Centre in Thurrock for an unusual awards ceremony. Instead of celebrating visible examples of excellence, as is done frequently in the arts with book prizes, visual arts awards, Oscars and Baftas, this set of awards sought to uncover those individuals responsible for passing on their skills in an exemplary way to others.

Thanks to everyone who nominated a person or organisation, our Industry Advisory Groups who shortlisted the awards and the final judging panel. The judging panel included:

Winners of the sector-specific awards

Six sector-specific awards recognised individuals who have shown an outstanding commitment to passing on and developing creative skills, and who make a difference to the lives of young people entering the creative industries. 

Music Skills Award

Morna Cook, Universal Music

"The panel acknowledged that she has been instrumental in establishing the apprenticeship programme at the label. Only her perseverance and willingness to take on a new idea has made this possible, and created the opportunity for young people to get a foot in the door of a highly competitive sector."

Craft Skills Award

Alan Jones, Pembrokeshire Thatch & Carpentry Services

"The panel noted how Alan uses his connections in helping find placements for students who wish to follow a path in to the creative industries, and his teaching and craft demonstrations all over the UK are an inspiration to many young people." 

Design Skills Award

Chris Hunt, Scotland Re: Designed

"The panel noted his work in providing unique key skills development and income generation for over 100 people per year, with this number set to double over the next year."

Cultural Heritage Skills Award

Laurie Lambeth, Lambeth Stonework

"Laurie is felt to be imaginative in his approach to passing on his skills and can see the potential for learning in extremely arduous projects. He is an inspiration for many of us."

Jewellery Skills Award

Brian Hill, The Goldsmiths Company

"The panel felt that Brian has always gone way above and beyond what is expected of his role to help find vocational pathways into the jewellery industry for countless young people."

Theatre Skills Award

Geoffrey Joyce,  Association of British Theatre Technicians

"The panel acknowledged that the technical theatre sector can now rely upon an introductory training provision which was developed primarily through the dedication of this one theatre practitioner and trainer."

Winner of the Training Provider of the Year Award

The Training Provider of the Year Award will celebrate a business or education institution which has demonstrated an innovative approach to developing creative talent.

Impact Arts (Projects) Ltd

"Impact Arts, our Training Provider of the year, is dedicated to inspiring young people to use creativity to empower them to overcome personal challenges and to find employment." 

Winners of the Apprentice and Intern of the Year Awards

The Apprentice of the Year Award and Intern of the Year Award are particularly prestigious honours. The awards recognised two young people from across the creative sector who have demonstrated the ambition and talent to make a real difference in his or her workplace.  

Intern of the Year

Jade Poole, Exim Dance Company

"As her Internship came to an end she had made herself so invaluable that a new role within the company was created for her as a producer. Six months on and she is now the organisation’s newly appointed general manager."

Apprentice of the Year

Hannah Steele & Eli Bligh-Briggs, London Transport Museum/Kensington and Chelsea college

"This year we are sharing the award between two apprentices at the London Transport Museum who have consistently challenged the status quo. Since day one they have asked questions and generated space to create change, and together they have innovated what their organisation does, overcome initial staff resistance to loosening control through hard work and considerable interpersonal skills."

Award ceremony

Award winners were announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 4 March 2015 at The Backstage Centre, Thurrock’s world-class training and rehearsal facility for the live events industries. Entertainment was provided by Cara Winter and Youth Club.

Thanks again to everyone who joined us to celebrate these momentous achievements, and a special well done to all of the shortlisted and winning entries. 

Find out more about the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards and the winners.

A note from awards sponsor the Edge Foundation

“The Creative and Cultural Skills Awards and Conference are an important celebration of those involved in the creative industries. It is essential that we recognise the commitment of those who, through their innovative approaches, are developing and nurturing the creative talent of the next generation.

"The Edge Foundation is dedicated to raising the status of technical, practical and vocational learning and is proud to be associated with awards that celebrate the organisations and individuals who make these routes accessible to so many. We believe all young people should have the opportunity to achieve their potential – there are many paths to success."

Thanks again to the Edge Foundation for their sponsorship and support.

Stay updated

Register your interest in the awards


View our privacy policy.