Creative & Cultural Skills Awards

Nominations for our 2017 Creative & Cultural Skills Awards are now closed. Thank you to everyone who nominated and good luck! Find out who the 2017 shortlisters are below. The Awards night will be hosted on Wednesday 1st March.

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

The Creative & Cultural Skills Awards are judged by leading employers in the creative industries. Thanks to all who nominated and shortlisted candidates will be announced soon.

The 2017 awards ceremony and dinner will take place on the evening of Wednesday 1 March 2017. You can now book your tickets for 2017s Creative & Cultural Skills Awards.

Outstanding Music Academic Partnership Graduate award

The 2017 Skills Awards will also feature UK Music's hugely successful Outstanding MAP Graduate awards (the OMGs for short), founded in 2016. The Music Academic Partnership (MAP) is a groundbreaking collaboration between HE institutions and the Music Industry and the OMGs celebrate the very best graduates from these institutions.

All nominees will have made outstanding contributions to the music industry in a relatively short time since graduation, across a range of diverse areas. The shortlist for the inaugural awards in 2016 included: a composer, a data analyst, a producer for the BBC, a technician, an events promoter / entrepreneur, and a community worker / music teacher.

"UK Music is especially pleased to bring the OMGs into the Skills Awards and feel an event such as this offers a fantastic opportunity to not only celebrate the best of the talent coming through MAP universities but also to share these inspirational stories with a wider audience – perhaps encouraging others to pursue a career in music themselves!"

For more info on UK Music, MAP or the OMGs please contact - Director of Education & Skills.

Shortlisters for the 2017 Skills Awards

Apprentice of the Year:

  • Danielle Travers, Sticky Finger Arts
  • Emma Morsi, Saffron Records
  • Marianne Anderson, Transport for London
  • Sarah Moreno, London Transport Museum

Intern of the Year:

  • Amy Backwell, Arts University Bournemouth
  • Amy Thomas, Ambassador Theatre Group
  • Beth Hicks, Scottish Opera
  • Rebecca Demmen, Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Training Provider:

  • Cardiff and Vale College
  • Gateshead College
  • The Learning Co


  • Clive Burr, Freelance for Goldsmiths’ Company
  • Imogen Lawry and Dana Segal, Cockpit Arts


  • Bernie Murphy, Fashion and Textile Centre
  • Carrie Neely, Art Loves Ltd
  • The RSA Design Awards Team, RSA


  • Barry Moss, Goldsmiths’ Company
  • Gabriel Gherscovic, British Academy of Jewellery

Cultural Heritage:

  • Samantha Jackman, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
  • The Training Museum, Colchester and Ipswich Museums


  • Gabrielle Giffard, Live Nation
  • Julia Payne, The Hub
  • Kate Reilly, PPL
  • Mark Davyd, Rhythmix


  • Tracey Brown, Rubicon Dance
  • Titanic Creative Management team, Titanic Creative Management
  • Rainer Pagel and Sean Pagel, Production Services Ireland

Creative Choices:

  • Abi Horsfield, Collective Encounters
  • City of Bradford Council team, City of Bradford Council 
  • Kate Danielson, Freelance for Jerwood Charitable Foundation
  • Sheree Vickers, SAVVY Theatre Company

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Winners of the 2016 Skills Awards

These awards shine a light on the mentors and managers in the creative industries who are making a difference by passing on their skills.

Craft Skills Award 

Imogen Gray and Dana Segal, Business Information Manager & Development and Events Manager, Cockpit Arts

"We are delighted to be the winners of the prestigious Craft Skills Award and are extremely honoured to receive recognition for the work that we do at Cockpit Arts to create entry routes and job opportunities for young people in the Craft sector. We plan to continue using our skills to support many more craftspeople to become employers of young people who are seeking to start a craft career, and to promote to young people the entrepreneurial opportunities offered by Craft."

Design Skills Award

Creative Industry Mentoring Team (Fashion, Textiles, Photography, Creative Writing, Graphic Design), This is Creative Enterprise

"The 'This is Creative Enterprise' mentoring team are honoured and delighted to win the Design Skills award in the Creative and Cultural Skills Awards 2016, recognising the continued commitment and dedication across their respective creative industries supporting students at TICE as part of the TICE programme and creative projects in schools throughout the North East region."

Cultural Heritage Skills Award​

Steve Clare, Director, Holy Well Glass

"I am really pleased to receive this Cultural Heritage Skills Award which is a great boost for stained glass conservation. This is a tiny industry, which nevertheless carries out vital work in preserving our cultural heritage for future generations. It is vitally important that younger people are encouraged into the profession, this award not only recognizes my hard work over many years in promoting training, but that of a dedicated group of senior professionals in our discipline. Stained glass conservation is fascinating and rewarding work, offering a genuinely equal opportunity career path."

Music Skills Award

Glen Rowe, Chief Executive Officer, CATO Music & CATO Academy

"To be recognised by Creative & Cultural Skills and to be selected from amongst the other wonderful candidates to win the Music Skills Award is a real privilege. The Cato Academy is a passion of mine – we’re training those people who will become the nuts and bolts of show business. This Award emphasises the importance of backstage crew and reinforces the fact that being a “roadie” is a real job, which requires technical understanding, specific skills, and a lot of hard work and dedication."

Jewellery Skills Award

Peter Taylor, Director, The Goldsmiths’ Centre

"Inspiring and supporting aspiring craftspeople into lifelong careers in goldsmithing is an incredibly rewarding job. Since opening the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell in 2012, I have seen numerous talented and passionate young people receive the relevant education and training opportunities to enter this rewarding industry. I am immensely proud to be considered for this award, not only in recognition of my work to support and promote the UK jewellery industry, but also for the Goldsmiths’ Centre and its young craftspeople who amaze me daily with their talent and dedication to uphold this ancient craft."

Theatre Skills Award

Jo Davis and Martin Hunt, Technical Manager & Production Co-ordinator, Wales Millennium Centre

"Martin and I have spent a long time working on the technical apprenticeship scheme at Wales Millennium Centre, getting it to a point where we feel it truly reflects industry-standard training. Creative & Cultural Skills and Cardiff and Vale College have been wonderfully supportive of the Shared Apprenticeship Scheme that we are launching this year, and this award is a lovely indication that we are on the right track!"

Winner of the Training Provider of the Year Award

This award celebrated Further Education colleges that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to training to enable young people to work in the creative industries.

Lewisham Southwark College

"We’ve very honoured to be given this award. It’s given us a large confidence boost, as it proves our hard work is being recognised and is of a high standard. The College has faced a range of challenges in recent years but we’ve made sure that our students and employers remain the focus and we strive for the best results possible. We will continue to develop and grow our creative apprenticeship programme with a confidence that our employers and students are working with an award winning team!"

Winner of the Creative Choices Award 

The Creative Choices Award celebrates young people who have shown dedication and excellence in a pre-employment training programme such as the Creative Skills Initiative, adding their skills to the generation of talent that will ensure the future success of the creative industries.

Jack Homer, South Essex College

"I feel really happy and excited and surprise about being short listed for the award and I am looking forward to the award evening  also as I have been working on the build of the event with college that has been a bonus to see what I have put up over the last week from the audiences perspective on the award evening."

Winner of the Intern of the Year Award

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

April Skipp, Marketing and Development Intern, Yorkshire Dance

"It is an absolute privilege and honour to have been awarded Intern of the Year. Over the last six months Yorkshire Dance has provided me with a wealth of training, whilst at the same time giving me the freedom to develop my own ideas and make an impact. I owe a huge thank you to Antony Dunn and the rest of the team who have given me excellent guidance and support throughout my internship. I am delighted to have won and excited to see what the future holds!"

Winner of the Apprentice of the Year Award

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

Sherice Pitter, Young People’s Apprentice, Lyric Hammersmith

"I feel honoured to be recognised for my achievements as an apprentice. I found it very challenging in school and college and having the opportunity to complete an apprenticeship has started me on a great career path. Being recognised and winning this award has given me the confidence to continue to work hard and challenge myself, I look forward to continuing my journey within the creative and cultural sector."

Thanks for telling us your mentor

During the evening of our awards ceremony, we asked our guests to write down who their mentors were. This is what they said:

  • Steve Clare's mentor was Alfred Fisher MBE
  • Jack Clare's mentor was Steve Clare
  • Emily Kitchen's mentor was Kevin Cassidy
  • Scott & Rowen's mentor was Gillian
  • Jack Homer's mentors were Jo & Brian
  • Siva Zagel's mentors were Sue Baynton & Lisa Stubbs
  • Frank Wilkes's mentor was Marcus Russel
  • Nicole Alison's mentor was Sue Baynton
  • Susan Pritchard's mentors were Jo Mcloglin, Brian Warrant & Guy Doglus
  • Paul Latham's mentor was Peter Dornford-May
  • Bryan Raven's mentor was John Simpson
  • Nikki Scott's mentor was Nick Moran
  • Robin Townley's mentor was Quintus Benziger
  • Donna Onubogu's mentor was Hollie Evans
  • Sherice Pitter's mentor was Becky Martin
  • Stephianne Black's mentor was Emma Rees
  • Alison Richmond's mentor was Jonathan Ashley-Smith
  • Michael Rawlinson's mentor was Simon Johnson
  • Production Park Backstage Academy's mentor was Adrian Brooks
  • Gaynor Audmos's mentor was Gerald Whiles
  • Sam Trumper's mentors were Jo Mcloglin, Brian Warrant, Guy Doglus & Bendy Adams