We have been thrilled by the number and quality of responses to this pilot year of Creative & Cultural Skills and The National Festival of Making live brief, our industry-led student challenge designed to support students’ skills development.

Students studying at level 3 and 4 (level 6 and 7 in Scotland) were invited to consider what they would like to contribute to The National Festival of Making programme.

Three finalists were selected, based on their ability to demonstrate the combination of creative and business skills needed to thrive as a professional, by proposing an imaginative piece of work that would engage the Festival’s multi-generational and diverse audiences.

The prize for Overall Winner has been awarded to Caitlin Wyatt. Caitlin triumphed based on the quality, feasibility and presentation of her application.

Caitlin’s ‘Aniplants – Choose to Reuse’ workshop proposal had a lot of potential for engagement within our Families programme, as well as relevance to questions of making, materials and sustainability. She had clearly conducted extensive research on festival style activities. Her application presentation was of an extremely high standard and included a good level of detail in terms of production and budget outline – we especially appreciated Caitlin’s inclusion of easy accessibility to the workshop space in her proposal. We are looking forward to working with her as mentors to develop her proposal and online delivery skills.
Lauren Zawadzki, Director, National Festival of Making

Caitlin is currently a first year Level 4 of Graphic Design (BA) student at University for the Creative Arts Epsom.

The other finalists are Vikky Walker, currently a Level 3 Foundation in Art and Design student at Blackburn College, and Yasser Sad, a first year Level 4 of Graphic Design (BA) student at University for the Creative Arts Epsom.

Both Vikky and Yasser’s proposals stood out to us for their connection to our festival themes. We could see strong links to our Art in Manufacturing programme with Vikky’s slip-casting skills and making process, and felt that Yasser’s proposal clearly linked to our STEAM programme.
Lauren Zawadzki, Director, National Festival of Making

The prize winner will receive mentoring from the festival team to see their winning idea realised as part of The National Festival of Making programme. The runners-up are receiving masterclasses for their class, delivered by the Festival Directors and Team.

Creative & Cultural Skills supports these live briefs as they give students a unique opportunity to gain practical experience in the creative sector and to put their skills to the test. They remain part of our work to create fair and inclusive opportunities for young people within the creative and cultural sectors.

Problem solving skills, communication skills, and finance skills were commonly reported as skills gaps by employers… Courses were believed to focus on the creative aspect rather than how to survive as a sole trader or contribute to the running of a business.
CCSkills Report – Building a Creative Nation: Current and Future Skills Needs