An organisation specialising in programmes for young people aged 13+ to explore and develop skills within the creative and cultural industries across the North East region has been shortlisted for a national award. The This is Creative Enterprise (TICE) mentoring team are hoping to pick up the prestigious Design Skills title at the Creative & Cultural Skills (CCS) Awards 2016 held at The Backstage Centre, Essex on March 2nd.

The CCS awards celebrate inspirational mentors and managers who provide young people the opportunity to work and learn within creative industries such as fashion, music, graphics, photography and enterprise.

The TICE programme started seven years ago with three schools, running now across fifteen in the region with over 450 students choosing to explore a creative pathway with the support of TICE in 2016.  The programme incorporates a Bronze, Silver and Gold stage student’s progress through, developing skills and experiences before completing a final show.   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 on how to enter specific industry sectors.  The TICE mentoring team are pro-active in engaging relevant industry supporters, now boasting over 250 creative companies supporting the programme from Topshop to Universal Publishing as well as facilitating partnerships with educational institutions including Northumbria University and Newcastle College.

The TICE mentoring team are Lottie Maddison (Illustration), Sam Burt (Music), Katherine Wildman (Writing), Mark Pattinson (Graphics), Katie Lee (Photography), Lee Casey (Enterprise) and Charlotte Liddle (Textiles).

Jennifer Barrett, Managing Director of TICE and fashion mentor said,  “ The mentors are extremely passionate about their creative areas of specialism bringing entrepreneurial inspiration and an abundance of creativity to the TICE programme and traineeships.   To be shortlisted for this award is fabulous recognition for the mentoring team and their continued commitment to supporting students at TICE ”