Mentors pick up top national award

The TICE Mentor Team Lee Casey, creative enterprise; Lottie Maddison, iIllustration; Katie Lee, photography; Sam Burt, music; Jennifer Barrett, fashion; Phil Jeffes, computer science; Katherine Wildman, creative writing; Charlotte Liddle, textiles. Picture by Katie Lee, TICE photography mentor.
The TICE Mentor Team Lee Casey, creative enterprise; Lottie Maddison, iIllustration; Katie Lee, photography; Sam Burt, music; Jennifer Barrett, fashion; Phil Jeffes, computer science; Katherine Wildman, creative writing; Charlotte Liddle, textiles. Picture by Katie Lee, TICE photography mentor.

An organisation supporting young people who want to join the creative industry has picked up a national award.

This is Creative Enterprise (TICE) won the design skills award at the national Creative and Cultural Skills ceremony.

They received the award in recognition of their inspirational mentors who provide young people with the opportunity to work and learn within the creative industries.

Jenny Barrett, managing director of TICE and from Seaton Sluice, said: “The mentoring team are delighted to win the design skills award, celebrating their continued commitment to demonstrating viable opportunities to young people across their respective creative industries.

“All of the mentoring team are extremely passionate about their creative areas of specialism, bringing entrepreneurial inspiration and an abundance of creativity to the TICE programme.

“This award is a fabulous recognition for the team efforts and for the working partnerships we have.”

TICE specialises in delivering programmes to help young people aged 13 and over to develop their creative skills, encouraging young people to explore how they can use their creative talents and potentially forge a career path.

The TICE programme started seven years ago with three schools and now runs across 15 in the north east with over 450 students taking part.

It consists of theory based learning, workshops, industry visits, team building and guest speakers to give students informative but practical hands-on experience.

TICE engages with young people and businesses within the entire north east region, including Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Durham enhancing potential future business opportunities.