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Youth Employability Programme 'Home' tutor is shortlisted for a Craft Skills Award!

Impact Arts is pleased to announce that Home Lead Tutor Graeme Douglas has been shortlisted for a Craft Skills Award! Graeme is one of five individuals shortlisted in the category ‘Engaging New and Diverse Audiences in Craft Skills’. Overall twenty entries have been shortlisted for the Craft Skills Awards 2013, to be presented at a ceremony on 2 May hosted by Kirstie Allsopp.

The Home project teaches young people essential skills such as joint making, lathe work, carpentry, paint effect work, upholstery, restoration, work with recycled materials, design process, batch manufacturing, and branding and packaging. Since its inception in 2009 Home has worked with 369 young people through the Creative Pathways programme.

Home Tutor Graeme Douglas said:

“I’m delighted that Home has been shortlisted for the Craft Skills Awards. The programme has changed the lives of many young people through its unique blend of teaching specialist craft techniques whilst imparting invaluable employability skills at the same time. Just seeing these young people flourish with a bit of encouragement is reward in itself, but to have the work that we are doing recognised by Creative and Cultural Skills is a real boon!”

Judges and ambassadors including Sir Christopher Frayling will attend the awards, which have been created to celebrate the passing on of craft skills.

Catherine Large, Joint CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills said:

“Our craft skills are simply too important a resource for the UK economy to lose. Learning these skills opens up aspirational and satisfying career options and sustains a valuable chunk of our economy, whilst fuelling our ability to innovate. Fostering their growth has to be a key priority.”

Acting upon this belief, the Craft Skills Awards have been created by Creative & Cultural Skills in partnership with the Crafts Council, the Heritage Crafts Association, the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Entries have been welcomed from companies and institutions, teachers, tutors, workshop leaders, masters or individuals. Categories include “Encouraging Craft Skills in the Workplace”, “Encouraging Craft Skills in an Educational Setting”, and “Engaging New and Diverse Audiences in Craft Skills”.

The judges for the 2013 Awards are: Lida Cardozo Kindersley (letter carver and crafts apprenticeship training mentor), Daniel Charny (Director, From Now On), Hank Dittmar (The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community), Lady Frances Sorrell (Sorrell Foundation and Jerwood Prize Judge), Peter Ting (Crafts Council Trustee and Ceramicist), Monica Gross-Hodge (Art Workers Guild) and Robin Wood (Heritage Crafts Association).

Graeme is looking forward to attending the glittering awards ceremony in London on the 2nd of May.

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