A new awards scheme to celebrate the arts in Wales has been launched by Creative and Cultural Skills.
Categories will include awards for creativity in education and in the workplace, as well as a special award for a creative collaboration that has contributed to young people’s skills development.
Creative and Cultural Skills already runs a UK-wide awards programme for individuals and organisations working to improve skills development for young people, but the new Wales Creative and Cultural Skills Awards will mark the first time the body will have specifically celebrated this work in Wales.
It said the awards’ foundation is a response to the growing importance of Wales’ cultural sector, and said employers are increasingly recognising the value of creative skills.
Sarah Hughes, head of Skills Academy Wales, said: “I am delighted that we are able to launch this new event. The awards will formally recognise excellence in creative skills, training and mentoring and will truly celebrate the achievements of young people, their tutor and mentors in keeping the skills of the sector strong and resilient.”
The awards are supported by the Welsh Government and applications are now open. They will close on November 29.
The winners will be announced at an event in Cardiff on January 29, 2020.