Finding and recognising the UK’s greatest Craft skills champions is the mission of the first ever Craft Skills Awards which opened for entries this week. The Awards are seeking to promote and celebrate the work that Britain’s craftspeople are doing and the important part that crafts play in our future heritage. Individuals, companies, organisations and groups can all apply provided of course that they can fully demonstrate good practice in relation to developing crafts skills. All entrants will be judged on their commitment towards excellence, their success to date, their ambitions and also on any innovative or exemplary approaches they have made.
There are 5 distinct categories that can be applied for: - an award for encouraging craft skills in the workplace - an award for encouraging craft skills in an educational setting - an award for encouraging craft skills in other settings - an award for engaging new and diverse audiences in craft skills - an award for Craft Learner of the year
Apart from a certificate of award, winners will also receive a cash prize of £2500 to be spent on training, business support or equipment to support them or develop their crafts further. Of course the award winners can also expect to benefit from all the publicity around the awards themselves which in turn will help raise the profile of them and their work.
Do spread the word amongst any craftspeople that you know who you feel ought to apply or perhaps even nominate them yourself for an award. Entries must all be received by 15 February 2013 and the winners will be announced in May 2013.
Here at Startacus, we’re happy to help spread the word to help all you crafty folk out there get a little of the recognition you so thoroughly deserve.