High Sheriff Awards Blog

High Sheriff Awards

Creative Alliance had a great night at High Sheriff Awards with several of our young people receiving accolades. The High Sheriff Awards recognises young people who have creatively excelled beyond their ambitions and expectations.Picture1

Another great motivational tool, through giving public recognition.” – Ibrahim Janneh CPD Online

Brendon Wells was awarded in recognition of his extraordinary progress in his apprenticeship with CPD Online. Having come from a background of poor grades and factory jobs, Brendon made the most of an opportunity of work experience with CPD Online. Impressing them with his knowledge of coding and his work ethic, the company extended his work experience before offering him an apprenticeship.  As CPD Online has grown, so has Brendon, becoming an integral part of the team.

“It was an amazing experience and an honor to be presented with the High Sheriff award. Huge thanks to both Creative Alliance and the High Sheriff” – Brendon Wells CPD Online


Jordan Walker was recognised for the way he’s developed and seized every opportunity offered to him.  Jordan first came to our attention when he was accepted onto the BBC Make It Digital Traineeship just over a year ago and struck us immediately as someone who was driven and determined to take full advantage of the programme. Buckling down and learning to code, Jordan secured a two-week work experience placement with Bareface Media. During his time at the agency his attitude and ability Bareface encouraged him to apply for their Creative Pioneers apprenticeship, which he was successful in. Jordan was the first graduate of the BBC Make it Digital Traineeship to gain an apprenticeship, leading the way for many others to follow.

“The BBC is very proud of the achievements of the Make it Digital Trainees.  They prove that enthusiasm, determination and willingness to learn new skills are the key to success. On a personal note I hope that the training they received from the BBC via Creative Alliance will inspire them to become life long learners.”  – Maddy Ferguson BBC Academy Partnership ManagerPicture1--

Cameron Smyth has been a more recent trainee with BBC Make It Digital, but has already begun to build on the progress he made with us since leaving the traineeship in December. Cameron had recently moved to Birmingham from South Africa, as his British born mother was frustrated with the lack of diagnosis of Cameron’s learning difficulties. Cameron has a passion for filmmaking and this passion and talent won Cameron a place on BBC Make It Digital Traineeship, where he has grown in confidence, showing his short films at local screenings.  After the traineeship, we introduced Cameron to We Can Can Can, an artist fellowship for people with learning difficulties where he is currently working towards his Silver Arts Award with the support of Cassie, his trainers from BBC Make It Digital.  Recently, Cameron got the fantastic news that he had been awarded the full amount of £1600, which will not only allow him to make the film, but also to have the support of a mentor from Reel Access.

We’re extremely proud of these young people and that their achievements have been recognised.