Creative Flare, the in-house Learning Company for the Live Arts, Media & Art & Design faculties at Cornwall College, was nominated this month for a National Enterprise Educator Award 2016; as part of the IEEC2016 annual conference at John Moores University, Liverpool.
The National Enterprise Educator Awards recognises excellence within enterprise 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.
Cornwall College was nominated for the work which Creative Flare coordinates across performing arts, media and art & design courses at both Camborne and St Austell campuses. Creative Flare, a virtual Learning Company, delivers a range of commercial activity supported and delivered through student engagement in live commissions from creative and other sector businesses. The Learning Company provides a wealth of ‘real’ work experience and provides essential freelance skills and portfolio evidence for budding creative practitioners.
At a glitzy Gala Dinner hosted at Liverpool Cathedral, representatives from all colleges and universities gathered excitedly to celebrate the achievements of all involved.
Amanda Wood, coordinator for Creative Flare, Cornwall College explains: “To be nominated and shortlisted for the FE Team Enterprise Award 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.
“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 Liverpool to represent our college and to network with other likeminded professionals at such an inspiring event.”
Creative Flare was highly commended alongside Bridgend College’s Youth Enterprise Project, with West Lothian College being awarded The FE Team Enterprise Award for Inspiring Enterprise Learning by using creative and innovative learning and teaching approaches to invigorate the curriculum to increase retention and achievement.
Miriam Venner, Head of Campus at Cornwall College Camborne added: “It’s great to see our innovative approach to developing employability skills within the creative sector been recognised by such a prestigious organisation. We’re really proud that the NEEA values all the hard work our staff and students have put in.”
Amanda concluded: “We have a wide range of projects already completed and have successfully worked for 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.”