Northern Ireland Awards

The Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards is a unique, industry-led event, which celebrates the fantastic work being carried out to develop skills in the cultural sector. *Deadline extended until 5pm on Friday 18 October*

The 2018 industry panel included Mark Holden, Hannah Richardson and Suzanne Doyle
The 2018 industry panel included Mark Holden, Hannah Richardson and Suzanne Doyle

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The Awards celebrate the unsung heroes of the creative industries who epitomize Creative & Cultural Skills’ values of:  

  • Giving young people opportunities to work and learn in the creative industries  
  • Ensuring that employers benefit from a skilled generation of talent  
  • Helping the creative industries continue on a course of economic growth 
  • Ensuring that the creative industries benefit from a diverse workforce, representative of our society 

Why should I nominate?  

The Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards were created in direct response to an industry need to recognise the best of creative skills development across the country. These prestigious awards are now in their fifth year, and previous winners include individuals and teams from Prince’s Trust NI, the NI Science Festival, Black Box and BBC NI

Whether you’re a young person just starting your career, a creative employer or an educator, this is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to developing a fair and skilled cultural sector.  

Winners will have their work celebrated at a special ceremony in Belfast Metropolitan College, E3 campus, on Thursday 5 December 2019 and they will be featured on the Creative & Cultural Skills website.  

All nominations will be entered into our annual, national Creative & Cultural Skills Awards in 2020.  

Last year’s Northern Ireland Apprentice of the Year, Fionnuala Cush, from Culturlann, went on to become a joint winner of the national Creative & Cultural Skills Apprentice of the Year Award.   

Awards categories  

  • Northern Ireland Creative Employer Award 
  • Northern Ireland Education & Industry Collaborative Project Award 
  • Northern Ireland Creative Tutor Award 
  • Northern Ireland Intern of the Year Award  
  • Northern Ireland Creative Student of the Year Award 

Who can nominate?  

The awards are open to anyone working or studying in the cultural sector across Northern Ireland. Each individual/team will be assessed on their achievements so whether you’re a freelancer, small business or large corporation, please get involved!  

We are happy to accept self-nominations.  

How do I nominate?  

The deadline for all nominations is 5pm on Friday 11 October 2019. *Deadline extended until 5pm on Friday 18 October* 

Nominations should be submitted using the online application.  

If you are unable to complete this form online or require it in a different format please contact us at sarah.jones@ccskills.org.uk or 07880 230 594.  

Further advice on how to complete the nomination form is available in our guidance notes.  

What happens next?  

Following the nominations process, all nominations will be considered by our independent judging panel in late October. All nominators will find out in early November whether their application has been successful and the full shortlist will be publicly announced shortly after.  

Winners will be announced at the Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards ceremony on Thursday 5 December in Belfast Metropolitan College.  

If you have any other questions, please contact sarah.jones@ccskills.org.uk  

Winners 2018

Northern Ireland Creative Industry Skills Award


Sian O'Neill and Charlene Hegarty, Oh Yeah Music Centre


 

Highly Commended: Aine Dolan, Grand Opera House 

 

Northern Ireland Creative Tutor Award


Thomas Scott and Alan McCracken, Belfast Metropolitan College


 

Highly Commended: Carie Logue Houston

 

Northern Ireland Education & Industry Collaborative Project Award


Clare Skelton and David Corscadden, Princes Trust and Bauer Academy

 

Highly Commended: Julie Ferguson and Gwynneth Cockcroft, Belfast Metropolitan College and Tayto 

 

Northern Ireland Apprentice of the Year Award


Fionnuala Cush, Culturlann


 

Northern Ireland Intern of the Year Award


Meabh Rooney, NI Science Festival AND Erin McClean, Young at Art


 

Northern Ireland Creative Student Award


Ethan Kelly, North West Regional College

 

Highly Commended: Ryan Rafferty and Stacey Burns, Belfast Metropolitan College 

 

Category descriptions:

Northern Ireland Creative Industry Skills Award

The Northern Ireland Creative Industry Skills Award recognises the promotion of vocational employment pathways and innovative skills development to equip young people for creative employment. This award is open to individuals or teams within organisations who have demonstrated excellence in supporting young talent joining the creative industries. This might include mentors, managers, facilitators and leaders of businesses or training programmes, working within the creative industries. 

Northern Ireland Creative Tutor Award

The Northern Ireland Creative Tutor Award recognises the important role of tutors and formal education in supporting the development of skills, confidence and creative ambition in young people seeking to build a career in the creative industries.  This award is open to all creative tutors who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to recognising, educating and nurturing young creative talent. 

Northern Ireland Education & Industry Collaborative Project Award

The Northern Ireland Education & Industry Collaborative Project Award recognises the innovative collaborative projects between education and industry which support the development of skills, confidence and creative ambition in young people seeking to build a career in the creative industries. This award is open to all education providers and creative organisations which have demonstrated a commitment to working together to develop creative skills and support young people into work.

Northern Ireland Apprentice of the Year Award

Northern Ireland Apprentice of the Year Award is open to apprentices working in the creative industries who have shown exceptional ambition and talent in 2018.

  • This award is open to apprentices who were aged 16 – 24 at the commencement of their apprenticeship.
  • Nominees for this award must either currently be an apprentice, or have finished their apprenticeship after December 2017.
  • Nominations for this award can be for individuals, or for a team of up to three apprentices working over the same period in the same team.

If you are intending to nominate an apprentice for this award please seek their permission before doing so. 

Northern Ireland Intern of the Year Award

The Northern Ireland Intern of the Year Award is open to interns working in the creative industries who have shown exceptional ambition and talent in 2018.

  • Nominees for this award must either currently be an intern, or have finished their internship after December 2017.
  • Nominations for this award can be for individuals, or for a team of up to three interns working over the same period in the same team.

If you are intending to nominate an intern for this award please seek their permission before doing so.

Northern Ireland Creative FE Student Award

The Northern Ireland Creative FE Student Award is open to young people studying in the creative industries who have shown exceptional ambition, talent and entrepreneurship in 2018.

  • Nominees for this award must either currently be studying, or have graduated after December 2017.
  • Nominations for this award can be for individuals, or for a team of up to three students working over the same period in the same team.

If you are intending to nominate a student for this award please seek their permission before doing so.

Northern Ireland Creative HE Student Award

The Northern Ireland Creative HE Student Award is open to young people studying in the creative industries who have shown exceptional ambition, talent and entrepreneurship in 2018.

  • Nominees for this award must either currently be studying, or have graduated after December 2017.
  • Nominations for this award can be for individuals, or for a team of up to three students working over the same period in the same team.

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