We are grateful to all the volunteers we have had for student interviews for previous awards and we will be seeking interviewers for 2017 later this year.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer to interview candidates for the Duke of York Award in future, this page provides basic information about the award and what is involved.

If you need any further information, please contact the organisers by email.

What is the Duke of York Award for Technical Education?

The Duke of York Award for Technical Education recognises achievement in 14-19 technical education supported by work experience projects, challenges and links with employers. Each award (Bronze, Silver and Gold) takes account of the student’s qualifications, work experience and wider competencies such as communication skills, problem solving and taking responsibility.

Students who achieve a Duke of York Award are at the start of a journey that could lead to membership of a professional institution. They could go on to be Registered Technicians (EngTech, RSciTech or ITTech) or full Members, depending on the path they take when they leave their UTC.

You can find more information about the Duke of York Award here.

Who can apply for a Duke of York Award?

At the moment, the Duke of York Award is open only to students attending a University Technical College. In time, it will be open to students at other schools and colleges, provided they follow a similar technical curriculum. Students can apply for an award in Years 11 and 13 (age 16 or 18).

Who runs the Duke of York Award?

The Duke of York Award scheme is administered by Baker Dearing Educational Trust, a charity set up to develop and support University Technical Colleges.

What do Assessors do?

Every candidate for a Duke of York Award is interviewed by someone from outside their University Technical College. Assessors include UTC governors, STEM Ambassadors, members of professional institutions and volunteers from businesses which support UTCs. We provide guidance, sample questions and feedback forms.

What’s the purpose of the interview?

First, it’s a way of checking provisional judgements made by UTC staff. Second, it provides practice for job interviews and, in time, interviews for membership of a professional institution.

How much time do Duke of York Award Assessors have to commit?

The minimum time commitment is half a day – enough to interview up to ten candidates.

What happens if I disagree with the UTC’s provisional judgement?

Any disagreements are discussed between Baker Dearing and the relevant UTC Principal. Occasionally, students are interviewed again – this time, by someone from Baker Dearing, whose decision is final.

Do you pay travel expenses?

No, we don’t. The Awards give students a huge boost, and we want as many as possible to put their names forward. As a charity, Baker Dearing can only do that by keeping running costs to an absolute minimum.

I’m ready to volunteer! What do I do next?

We are grateful for all the volunteers we have had for student interviews in previous years and we will be seeking interviewers for 2017 later this year. At that point, we will update this page with further instructions.