North East organisation, This is Creative Enterprise (TICE) – which supports young people who want to join the creative industry – has won the Design Skills award at the national Creative & Cultural Skills Awards Ceremony 2016.
The North East organisation was awarded in recognition of its inspirational mentors who provide young people with the opportunity to work and learn within the creative industries.
The awards ceremony took place in Essex on March 2 and was presented by Kanya King MBE (MOBO Awards) and Paul Latham (Live Nation) with The Design Skills award presented to TICE by John Mathers, chief executive at Design Council.
Jenny Barrett, managing director of TICE said: “’The ‘This is Creative Enterprise’ mentoring team are delighted to win the Design Skills award, celebrating their continued commitment to demonstrating viable opportunities to young people across their respective creative industries.”
TICE specialises in delivering programmes to help young people aged 13 and over to develop their creative skills, encouraging young people to explore how they can use their creative talents and potentially forge a career path within industry. The TICE programme started seven years ago with three schools and now runs across 15 in the North East region with over 450 students taking part.
Jenny added: “All of the mentoring team are extremely passionate about their creative areas of specialism, bringing entrepreneurial inspiration and an abundance of creativity to the TICE programme. This award is a fabulous recognition for the team efforts and for the successful working partnerships we have established across industry and educational sectors.”
The TICE programme consists of theory based learning, workshops, industry visits, team building tasks and motivational guest speakers to give students informative but practical hands-on experience.
TICE engages with young people and businesses within the entire North East region, including Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Durham enhancing potential future business opportunities.