In the News: The making it Programme

Craft NI's two-year craft business development programme, making it, made the news recently, as one of the programmes the Creative and Cultural Skills Council is looking at due to its exceptional quality and cost effectiveness.

Creative and Culture Skills Council is the UK body tasked with improving the provision of skills and training for the creative and cultural industries - including craft. Impressed by a talk given by Craft NI Chief Executive, Alan Kane, they are currently reviewing the programme as a model which has the potential for wider application across the UK.

The programme, supported by Invest NI and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, offers participants studio space, business education and mentoring over a two year period. It has had an unusually high success rate to date, with 28 of the 29 participants on the programme between 2005 and 2013 completing the programme, 27 of whom are still in business - some of whom have gone on to establish an international reputation.

The current programme, 'making it 2013-2015' has eight participants who took up residence with their host organisations in Winter 2013. A two-year Business Development Programme, which is also available free of charge to a wider range of makers, began in January with sessions taking place over the two year period.

The interview on BBC Radio Ulster's 'Good Morning Ulster' programme also featured Diane Lyness who spoke about the benefits of being part of the most recent programme (2011-2013).

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