A whole class and two lecturers from South Eastern Regional College (SERC) have been shortlisted for two Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards which celebrate the work being carried out to develop skills in the cultural sector.

The HND in Creative Media Production Class of 2019,  have been shortlisted for the NI Creative Student of the Year Award, and Lecturers, Alison Thompson and Peter Graham, from the Northern Ireland Film & Television School at South Eastern Regional College have been shortlisted for NI Creative Tutor of the Year Award.

Alison Thompson, Lecturer, said, “We are over the moon to be shortlisted for these prestigious awards which recognise all the work that goes on to develop skills in the culture sector.   The Northern Ireland Film & Television School at South Eastern Regional College is one of the cogs essential to developing creative and cultural skills for the industry and we are very proud to be shortlisted.”

The Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards are unique, industry-led and this year’s judging panel are David McConnell, NI Screen, Carol Fitzsimons MBE Young Enterprise and Holly Foskett, Black Box Belfast

David said, “The Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards is an important date in the calendar for the cultural sector. We were particularly happy to see a number of applications this year from organisations and individuals working on long-term projects, which are really investing in the future of creative skills development.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Belfast Metropolitan College on Thursday 5 December. Delegates will also hear from industry professionals and young people at the start of their career.

Head of Partnerships – Northern Ireland, Sarah Jones, said “We are thrilled to be returning to Belfast Met for the fifth annual Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards. The quality of nominations we received was extremely high and the judges did not have an easy job choosing the winners.

“As well as celebrating the organisations and individuals that have made it to the final stage of the awards, we will also be taking time at the event to talk about the work Creative & Cultural Skills has planned over the next year. We have a few exciting announcements to make on the day which will be of great interest to the sector!”

Creative & Cultural Skills is an independent charity which believes that diversity, equality, and fair access are crucial to the creative industries. Our annual Awards shine a light on the individuals and organisations that have shown an outstanding commitment to skill development and learning in the creative industries, ensuring the next generation have the skills so that the creative sector continues to thrive.

Winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony on 5 December 2019, from 1pm – 4pm at Belfast Met. Tickets are free but must be booked at 2019 Creative and Culture Skills Awards.

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