Press Release

14 August 2012

Students from University Centre Folkestone (UCF), in collaboration with local arts organisation Future Creative, are inspiring young people to develop arts and leadership skills through Arts Award.

Pupils from Folkestone School for Girls
Pupils from Folkestone School for Girls

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England. It aims to support young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, develop creative and leadership skills, as well as achieve a national qualification. The scheme also helps to build confidence, encourages young people to enjoy cultural activities, and prepares them for further education or employment.

In June UCF students teamed-up with Arts Award and Deal based Future Creative, to launch the scheme in Folkestone, initially working with Key Training and Folkestone School for Girls.

The scheme will also help educational and local organisations to develop their arts programmes, and help UCF students build a career profile which will help them on their way as independent arts practitioners after graduation.

UCF student Melanie Wilson worked with young people from Key Training, she said: “The scheme has proved really successful and I’ve already been approached by other local community organisations to run the Award for them. I’m really excited that I have these opportunities and hope to maximise on them after I graduate.”

Kiri Spiers from Key Training said: “Our staff and clients loved the scheme. The best thing about it was the way it allowed different areas of the community to get involved together whilst gaining experience at the same time”.

UCF students were trained to run the Arts Award at Bronze and Silver Level. The project is scheduled to run through the 2012-13 academic year and it is hoped that the same UCF students will receive further training, alongside their normal studies, to deliver the Gold Award in the same venues, once again with help of Future Creative practitioners acting as mentors.


Notes to Editor

Arts Award

  • Arts Award's unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders, and is open to anyone aged 7 to 25. It is managed by Trinity College London, in association with Arts Council England, and works with ten regional Bridge organisations.
  • Through Arts Award young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment, developing creativity, leadership and communication skills.
  • Young people can achieve an award through any arts, media or cultural activity, such as music, literature, film-making or drama, and through technical and support roles such as arts marketing, stage lighting and web design.

Key Training

  • Key Training is one of the leading training organisations in the UK and over the last 10 years has trained in excess of 200,000 people. They help people learn new skills enabling organisations to become more competitive and agile.

Future Creative

  • Future Creative CIC is a social enterprise organisation which provides high quality creative learning, business training, professional development and community engagement opportunities to those who work in education, creative, cultural, public and business sectors.
  • The programmes provide opportunities for people to use and enjoy creative thinking skills and approaches to maximise their potential through education, professional training and community development.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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