Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2016
Celebrating inspirational mentors and managers in the creative industries who have shown an outstanding commitment to training up the next generation of talent.
Creative & Cultural Skills will shine a light on those who are making a difference by passing on their own skills as a master would do to an apprentice, leading training and talent development schemes, mentoring or coaching formally or informally, or by being an inspirational manager or sector leader.
The creative and cultural industries collectively are made up of over 150,000 businesses employing 1.7 million people and contributing £76.9 billion to the national economy. Over 87 per cent of these employ fewer than ten people. A large proportion are sole traders, freelancers and microbusinesses.
Skills development and training is more likely to happen at the initiation of inspirational individuals rather than large HR departments, and often goes unrecognised.
What is clear is that the creative industries are growing faster than the rest of the economy, and this training – whether formally accredited or completely informal – is playing an important role that our Skills Awards will recognise
We received a record number of nominations last year and therefore have increased the capacity of the awards which will be awarded on 2 March 2016. The awards will be judged by leading employers in the creative industries.
The categories for the 2016 Skills Awards
- Craft Skills
- Design Skills
- Cultural Heritage Skills
- Music Skills
- Jewellery Skills
- Theatre Skills
To nominate an individual for a Skills Award, please fill in our nomination form.
Creative & Cultural Skills will also recognise excellence in skills development in the creative industries through the following awards, also awarded on 2 March 2016. Nominations for the following are open now.
Training Provider of the Year Award
This award will celebrate Further Education colleges that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to training to enable young people to work in the creative industries.
The Training Provider of the Year Award is open to any FE college. Entry is free for members of the National Skills Academy network of education partners, and open to non-members at a cost of £500.
Creative Choices Award
The Creative Choices Award will celebrate young people who have shown dedication and excellence in a pre-employment training programme, adding their skills to the generation of talent that will ensure the future success of the creative industries.
Colleges and training providers should nominate young people aged 16-21 who are engaged in a pre-employment training programme and have shown excellence and progress in their role.
Intern of the Year
The Intern of the Year Award is open to paid interns working in the creative and cultural industries who have shown exceptional commitment and ambition to learn new skills.
Employers may nominate an individual intern or up to three interns working over the same period at the same organisation in the same team.
Nominees for this award must either currently be an intern, or have finished their internship between March 2015 and February 2016.
Apprentice of the Year
The Apprentice of the Year Award is open to apprentices working in the creative and cultural industries who have shown exceptional commitment and ambition to learn new skills.
Employers and training providers may nominate an individual apprentice or up to three apprentices working over the same period at the same organisation in the same team.
Nominees for this award must either currently be an apprentice, or have completed their apprenticeship between March 2015 and February 2016.