The Creative Connections Project Team achieved a Highly Commended Award at the Regional Finals of the National Training Awards held on 30th October at the Banqueting House in Whitehall.

The National Training Awards are funded by the Learning Skills Council and are the UKs highest accolade for outstanding success achieved through training. One of 12 regional award ceremonies across the UK, this prestigious award ceremony celebrated the people and organisations that are shaping the future training in Greater London.

The Creative Connections course, run by CONEL and BBC London, was originally the brainchild of Bernie Grant MP. It was subsequently developed by The Bernie Grant Trust, The BBC and CONEL, with an aim to address an under-representation of minority ethnic people in mainstream media.

Paul Head, the Principal of CONEL, summed up the feelings of all those involved in the programme. The College recognises that the National Training Awards represent the highest achievement possible for training excellence. CONEL is delighted to have achieved such success through its excellent partnership with BBC London and the Bernie Grant Trust.

Effective training enables individuals to achieve their potential and organisations to achieve their aims and objectives. Hence National Training Award finalists and winners are inspiring examples of the best that training can achieve.

Notes to Editors:

1. The National Training Awards (NTA) are the UK's premier accolade for organisations and individuals that have achieved lasting excellence through training. NTA winners are exemplars of training and development in the UK; they are committed to exceptional training that has real benefits for the business, the community and the individual. Winning an award is your chance to create real competitive advantage in an increasingly results-driven environment. The UK final ceremony will be held on the 18th November. Visit for further information.

2. The Creative Connections course, currently in its third year, offers hands-on training in camera work, research skills, non-linear editing, video and radio production, TV and radio broadcasting, IT and personal development and runs for four days a week.

The training course is offered under Section 37 of the Race Relations Act, which supports positive action training where there is a proven under-representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic people in employment, including technical and production areas of the media industry.