The Duke of York Award for Technical Education acknowledges the success of young people choosing technical education and encourages wider support from parents, businesses and other stakeholders.

Open to students at UTCs, the Award recognises a combination of qualifications, work experience placements and the development of wider competencies required in the workplace such as communication skills and problem solving. For many students it is the first step towards becoming Registered Technicians.

There have so far been two ceremonies where students from UTCs have been presented with awards by The Duke of York. Read our news article for a full account of the most recent ceremony that took place at St James' Palace in December 2014 and view the video footage of the first ceremony that took place in December 2013.

For further details and a full description of each level of the Award, please download our information sheet.

Later this year, we will be looking for volunteers to interview candidates for the 2016 Award. If you are interested, read our information on Duke of York Award Assessors.

If we want to be a prosperous country in the twenty-first century it's self evident you have to invest in the skills of young people. We need to give you the best start we can. That's why I am supporting what UTCs are doing. This route you have chosen is going to give you more capability and advantage. Congratulations, I wish you every continued success in your future careers.

HRH the Duke of York
Awards Ceremony 8th December 2014