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Big win at national Creative and Cultural Skills Awards

Published: March 2, 2017

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A college in the south west has been awarded a top prize at the national 2017 Creative and Cultural Skills Awards for its exceptional training provision.

The in-house creative Learning Company for the live arts, media and art & design at Cornwall College, Creative Flare, scooped the ‘Training Provider of the Year’ award at a gala dinner at The Backstage Centre in Purfleet London.

Creative Flare delivers real life commercial work that is supported by students who are involved from the outset, including live commissions with businesses.

This provides students with exceptional experience that gives them a head start when they finish their studies and enter the world of work, according to Amanda Wood, coordinator for the programme at Cornwall College.

“This win was a huge achievement for the college as we have been developing how we deliver enterprise, employability and entrepreneurship skills through our Learning Company since Creative Flare was introduced at the end of 2014,” she explained.

“We’ve been involved in some fantastic projects with external companies and organisations and this has heavily influenced the way in which students are able to learn, the quality of their work and the diversity it has offered in the development of their professional portfolios. It’s been a huge privilege to have been to this event in London to represent our college and to network with other likeminded professionals at such an inspiring event.”

The Creative and Cultural Skills Award recognises excellence within creative education with the aim to reward and celebrate those who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to supporting student and graduate entrepreneurship in further and higher education in the UK.

The College was nominated for the work that Creative Flare coordinates across performing arts, media and art & design courses at both Camborne and St Austell campuses.

Miriam Venner, Director Culture and Visitor Economy at Cornwall College said it was “great to see our innovative approach to developing skills within the creative sector been recognised by such a prestigious organisation”.

“We’re really proud that Creative & Cultural Skills values all the hard work our staff and students have put in,” she continued.

“The College has had a great year having recently won the prestigious TES award for its first class apprenticeship programme partnered with Pendennis Shipyard and we have retained our Gold hospitality accreditation and status as the best catering college in the South West.”

Creative Flare has a wide range of successfully completed projects and has worked for companies such as Weatherspoons, Tolvaddon fire station, Geekfest at Heartlands and Volunteer Cornwall.

“Any local business who would like to commission any creative work please contact the college,” Amanda added.

For more information on Creative Flare at The Cornwall College Group email creative.projects@cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.

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Amanda Wood and Miriam Venner.

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