Promoting traditional skills


An award for the development of business skills in young people is now seeking nominations.

The Duke of Cornwall’s Award is designed to encourage the teaching and development of traditional skills to young people within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The winners will be presented with a trophy at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show and will receive a cheque for £1k and a certificate signed by HRH The Duke of Cornwall.

Administered by the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association (RCAA), the award has been running since 2007 and has been presented to people in widely differing areas of work.

Last year’s award was won by a family baker. Others to have won are a master thatcher, hedgers, cob builders and a shipwright.

RCAA secretary Christopher Riddle says the award not only recognises the value of the work done by the winners, but the £1k that goes with it is of real value.

He said: “Cornwall’s traditional industries are important to the local economy and form part of the character and culture of the county. This award is doing a great deal towards keeping the necessary skills alive and thriving amongst the younger generation of workers and entrepreneurs.”

Deadline for entries is February 1. To request an application form, email here.