Creative & Cultural Skills Awards

Nominations have now closed for the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2019. Check back soon to find out this year's shortlist!

Image (c) James Fletcher
Image (c) James Fletcher

The Creative & Cultural Skills Awards shine a light on the individuals and organisations that have shown an outstanding commitment to skill development and learning in the creative industries, ensuring the next generation have the skills so that the creative sector continues to thrive.

Nominations for the 2019 Awards have now closed! Check back soon to find out this year's shortlist. 

The Awards ceremony will be taking place on Monday 1 April from  6:30pm - 10pm in National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Download the Awards terms and conditions 

The awards will be judged by a panel of creative experts from across the cultural sector: 

  • Cassie Chadderton, Head of UK Theatre
  • Paul Kessell-Holland, Head of Partnerships, Education & Training Foundation
  • Kath Geraghty, Workforce Development Manager, National Theatre
  • Ahmet Ahmet, Director of Outreach and Education, The Stage
  • Susan Edwards, Glamorgan Archivist, Glamorgan Archives
  • Charlotte Dryden, CEO, Oh Yeah Music

Shortlist 2019

Apprentice of the Year Awards

The Apprentice of the Year Award celebrates apprentices working in the creative and cultural sector who have shown exceptional commitment and ambition to learn new skills.

  • Fionnuala Cush – Cultúrlann, Belfast
  • Kamiah Cowell and Ahuti Punja – London Transport Museum
  • Sophie Hukin – SharpFutures, Manchester
  • Mateusz Pacan – Ticketmaster, London

Intern of the Year Award

The Intern of the Year Award celebrates paid interns working in the creative and cultural sector who have shown exceptional commitment and ambition to learn new skills.

  • Grace Duggan - Studio 3 Arts, Barking
  • Kerry Fitzsimmons – Lyric Theatre, Belfast
  • Nancy Turner - Culture Central, Birmingham
  • Jack Lendon – Protégé, London

Creative Choices Award

The Creative Choices Award celebrates those who have shown continued excellence in breaking down the barriers to entry in the creative and cultural sector. This is one of our most popular awards and celebrates the great work done by the unsung heroes in our industry.

  • Bubble Young Theatre Makers Team - London Bubble Theatre, London
  • Clare Skelton and David Corscadden – Joint project run by Prince’s Trust NI and Bauer Academy, Belfast
  • Museums Galleries Scotland – Edinburgh
  • Oska Bright Film Festival Team - Oska Bright Film Festival, Brighton
  • Think22 – Drake Music, London

Training Provider of the Year Award

This award celebrates a Further Education college or Higher Education institution. It is for tutors or departments that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to training, developing innovative ideas to enable young people to gain skills and opportunities to work in the creative industries.

The Training Provider of the Year Award is exclusive to members of the National Skills Academy Creative and Cultural

  • Belfast Met Film & Television School.  ​​​​​– Belfast Metropolitan College
  • Creative & Cultural Industries Team - Barking and Dagenham College
  • Creative and Media Department – Havering College
  • Creative Industries - City of Wolverhampton College

Mentor of the Year Award

The Mentor of the Year celebrates an individual working in the creative and cultural sector who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to enabling young people gain skills and opportunities.

  • Fanny Guesdon and Matthew Ross - Young Arts Fundraisers, London, Yorkshire and South West
  • Jason Camilleri - Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
  • Sian O Neill and Charlene Hegarty – Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast

Employer of the Year Award

The Employer of the Year Award celebrates a business, great or small, in the creative and cultural sector, who has shown innovation or continued commitment to developing the skills of its workforce.

  • Rubicon Dance – Cardiff
  • Skills & Training Team - Manchester International Festival, Manchester
  • White Light Ltd – London

Cultural Ambition Special Recognition Award 

Cultural Ambition is a National Lottery Heritage and Welsh Government funded project, run by Creative & Cultural Skills, which aims to support young people through training placements in the cultural heritage sector. Trainees on the programme are working towards an NVQ 2 in Cultural Heritage while being based with cultural heritage partners across Wales. 

  • Tomos James - Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / National Library of Wales
  • Harrison Macquire - National Waterfront Museum Swansea
  • Carwyn Williams - CADW
  • Danielle Edmunds - Big Pit

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Winners at the 2018 Skills Awards

Our 2018 Creative & Cultural Skills Awards were judged by leading employers in the creative industries. Thanks to all who nominated and congratulations to the winners.

Apprentice of the Year

Lewis Marsh, SharpFutures

Intern of the Year

Ezra O'Connor, Wales Millennium Centre 

Training Provider of the Year

The Creative & Cultural Industries Team, Barking and Dagenham College (award collected by Principal and CEO, Yvonne Kelly) 

Craft & Jewellery Skills

Ella McIntosh, This is Pewter 

Design Skills

Catherine Ritman-Smith

Museums & Heritage Skills

Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum

Music Skills


Theatre Skills

Paul Davies, Rubicon Dance

Creative Choices 

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