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FE sweeps board at the local Creative & Cultural Skills Awards Posted on 22/01/2018 00:00:00 The theme of this year’s event was ‘Inspiring Talent, Realising Ambition’. The event, which was held at Belfast Met Springvale Campus in December 2017 explored these opportunities and also celebrated the success of the NI Creative Employment Programme, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Funding. Among those recognised at the annual NI Creative & Cultural Skills Awards were three outstanding young people who won in the Apprentice, Intern and Student categories.

About the event

Creative & Cultural Skills gives young people opportunities to work and learn in the creative industries.
It's aim is to ensure that employers benefit from a skilled generation of talent and continue on a course of economic growth. The network of industry and education supporters – the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural – is open to those who are committed to the provision of high quality creative education and training, apprenticeships and careers advice. Together,
they provide networks and deliver programmes that enable a diverse and thriving creative sector.

This year's awards ceremony was held in December 2017 in Belfast Met's Springvale Campus.

Sara Graham, Nations Director for Creative & Cultural Skills explained: “The Creative Industries is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, yet in the eyes of many it is not seen as a viable career option. There is a clear disconnect and lack of awareness about the wide variety of careers on offer within the Creative Industries. We need to look at ways that we can better support young people in this hugely diverse sector to help them realise their ambitions.”

Belfast Met’s Principal and Chief Executive, Marie-Thérèse McGivern said: “I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations to all of the amazingly talented winners of the NI Creative and Cultural Skills Award including our own two. The college places a strong emphasis on its creative provision including delivering courses in the fantastic e3 campus under the auspice of forthcoming Belfast TV & Film School such as broadcast journalism, animation, digital publishing and film and TV production as well as fashion management and computer game design in our Titanic Quarter campus. We pride ourselves that our excellent teaching staff all have vital industry experience in their respective fields which is invaluable when instilling the insider knowledge and know-how that’s required to work in the creative industries.”

The FE sector won 3 out of the 6 main prizes as listed below.   Furthermore, the FE sector won some of the highly commended categories.

List of Winners

NI Creative Industry Skills Award -  Winners: Void Gallery, Patrick Street, Derry
Void is a contemporary art space with up to 5 exhibitions per year showing the work of established international and Irish artists. Now in its twelfth year, the gallery has established an international reputation for its wide-ranging and challenging exhibition programme.

Education and Industry Partnership Award - Winner: Belfast Metropolitan College and BBC
Between September 2016 and August 2017 Belfast Met collaborated with BBC NI running 4 cohorts of BBC Make it Digital through industry education partnership. The program was aimed at the NEETs category and ran Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. This allowed those students who were isolated to benefit from social contact and support.

Tutor of the Year - Winner: The team from North West Regional College
Michael Poole /drama, Liam Craig / music production, Dominic O’Callaghan / music performance. For four consecutive years this core of three lecturers have collaborated in extraordinarily ambitious live theatre projects which have been the showcase events of the summer term at NWRC’s Foyle theatre.

NI Intern of the Year -  Winner: Belinda Cree, Young at Art
Belinda has been an exceptional intern. From the very start of her placement she ‘hit the ground running’. She thoroughly researched the organisation and immediately set to streamlining processes.

NI Apprentice of the Year - Winner: Holly Foskett, Arts Management and Marketing Assistant at the Black Box
Holly has used her connections with the Belfast School of Art to start a new event at The Black Box called Common Room Mondays opening its' doors to all UUB students who need an alternative space to study or de-stress every Monday between 1-3pm.

NI Student of the Year - Winner: Ray Walsh (BMC student)
Ray started his studies at Belfast Met on the Level 3 Graphic Design programme before progressing to the HND in Graphic Design, which he has just completed with an overall Distinction grade (1 of only 5 awarded in a group of 24). During this time he has displayed a focus and sense of determination that has consistently set him apart from his peers.

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Gareth Stewart (BMC Tutor - Highly Commended), Sara Graham from Creative and Cultural
Skills and Ray Walsh (BMC Student Winner)


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