Case studies

Emma Morsi, digital marketing apprentice

 28 March 2017

Emma joined Saffron Records, an all-female record label, as their digital marketing apprentice and helped them grow their website traffic and social media engagement. She now works for them as a freelance design consultant and also produces her own digital arts, fashion and music magazine. In 2017, she was awarded Apprentice of the Year at the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards.


Offering unique learning experiences in the music industry

Loud in Libraries Academy

 23 July 2018

Get It Loud In Libraries (GILIL) offers opportunities for young people aged 14+ to access work experience, volunteering and career signposting activities. In 2018 their programme ‘Loud in Libraries Academy’ won the Creative & Cultural Skills Creative Choices Award. We spoke to Academy Manager, Lizzie Griffiths about the project.


Alan was presented with a Craft Skills Award by Patricia Lovett, vice-chair of the Heritage Crafts Association.

Alan Jones, traditional thatcher

,  14 April 2015

Alan is a traditional thatcher and teacher. He won a Craft Skills Award in 2015, with judges celebrating, "his teaching and demonstrations all over the UK are an inspiration to many young people".


Abi Horsfield, transitions outreach manager

 30 March 2017

Abi has over 25 years’ experience of theatre facilitation and her work with Collective Encounters sees her delivering workshops to those who have experienced homelessness, addiction and/or mental health problems. In 2017 she was jointly awarded the Creative Choices Award for promoting fair access to the creative industries.


The Get Started with Radio and Media programme gave young people a chance to learn new skills. Photo Credit: Simon Mills

Clare Skelton, Prince’s Trust Executive and David Corscadden, Head of Partnerships, Bauer Academy

 21 January 2019

Clare Skelton from the Prince’s Trust and David Corscadden from the Bauer Academy won the Education and Industry Collaborative Project Award at the Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2018. We spoke to Clare and David about the project which inspired their nomination.


Sevra Davis and Rebecca Ford accepted the award on behalf of the team. Credit: James Fletcher

RSA Student Design Awards team

 16 March 2017

The RSA Student Design Awards have been running for 93 years, helping young designers develop their skills and gain employment. In 2017 the team behind the programme were awarded the Creative & Cultural Skills Design Skills Award.


Sian and Charlene work with young people, developing their skills for work in the music industry.

Charlene Hegarty, Talent Development and Projects Coordinator and Sian Mulholland, Youth Engagement Manager

 21 January 2019

Charlene and Sian were the winners of the Creative Industry Skills Award 2018 at the annual Creative & Cultural Skills Northern Ireland Awards. We spoke to them about their passion for the industry and the projects they're working which support young people in music.


Jack Homer, technical arts student

 16 November 2016

As a student at South Essex College, Jack developed a passion for technical development and helping his fellow students. He is a shining example of how much a young person can achieve if supported and empowered and in 2016 was the winner of the Creative Choices Award.


Jade Poole was presented with an Intern of the Year Award by Andrea De La Cruz from The Creative Society. (Image: James Fletcher)

Jade Poole, intern producer

,  20 August 2015

Jade started out with Exim Dance Company on a paid internship as a producer, but within a year she was promoted all the way up to general manager. In 2015 she won the Creative & Cultural Skills Intern of the Year Award.


Jo Davies, production coordinator

,  15 March 2016

Jo Davies became interested in the backstage aspect of the theatre when she was a small child from watching pantomimes with her dad and brother. She explains her career journey, her role as production coordinator for Wales Millennium Centre and offers tips for getting into theatre. Jo won the Theatre Skills Award 2016 alongside Martin Hunt.


Chris Hunt was presented with a Design Skills Award by John Mathers, CEO of the Design Council. (Image: James Fletcher)

Chris Hunt, founder of Scotland Re:Designed

,  1 April 2015

As well as founding Scotland’s first design collective, Chris Hunt works behind-the-scenes across the Scottish design sector. In 2015 he was awarded a Design Skills Award by Creative & Cultural Skills.


Amy Backwell, industry liaison intern

 28 March 2017

Amy is the industry liaison intern for the Animation Subject Area at Arts University Bournemouth. Her employers have said that it’s difficult to see a category where she has not made an impact! For her hard work, Amy was awarded Intern of the Year at the 2017 Creative & Cultural Skills Awards.


Méabh Rooney, Events and Marketing Intern

 21 January 2019

Méabh Rooney was a joint winner of the Intern of the Year Award 2018 at the annual Creative & Cultural Skills Northern Ireland Awards. After her internship she was kept on as an Events and Marketing Assistant by the NI Science Festival.


Morna has helped many young people get a first foot on their career ladder. (Image: James Fletcher)

Morna Cook, Universal Music HR director

,  9 November 2015

Senior director of HR for Universal Music, Morna played a key role in their groundbreaking paid internship scheme. For her outstanding commitment to passing on and developing creative skills, she was awarded the Music Skills Award 2015.


Sheree Vickers, artistic director

 16 March 2017

Sheree works for Savvy Theatre Company, actively promoting inclusion and diversity in the arts and creating community-based theatre projects that can involve everyone. To recognise her work, Sheree was jointly awarded the 2017 Creative Choices Award.


Laurie Lambeth, dry stone waller

,  1 April 2015

Laurie Lambeth is a dry stone waller for Lambeth Stonework. He was chosen as the winner of the Cultural Heritage Skills Award, as part of the the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2015.


Ethan Kelly, HND Music Production Student

 21 January 2019

Ethan Kelly was the winner of the Creative Student of the Year Award 2018 at the annual Creative & Cultural Skills Northern Ireland Awards. We caught up with Ethan about his achievements and why he chose his course at North West Regional College


Thomas Scott and Alan McCracken, Course Co-ordinators

 21 January 2019

Thomas Scott and Alan McCracken were the winners of the Creative Tutor Award 2018 at the annual Creative & Cultural Skills Northern Ireland Awards. We spoke to them about their work in the department and how they've developed industry links for the benefit of their students.


April Skipp, marketing and development intern

 23 November 2016

April joined Yorkshire Dance as their Marketing and Development Intern. She made such an impression on them that within a year, they had created a new position in the organisation for her and she is now the Marketing Officer. In 2016 she won the Creative & Cultural Skills Intern of the Year Award.


Fionnuala thought her apprenticeship was an amazing opportunity to work and learn. Photo Credit: Simon Mills

Fionnuala Cush, Apprentice Tourist Officer

 21 January 2019

Fionnuala Cush was the winner of the Apprentice of the Year Award 2018 at the annual Creative & Cultural Skills Northern Ireland Awards and the Apprentice of the Year Award 2019 in the national awards. We spoke to her about how her apprenticeship helped her secure a full time role.


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