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 Duke of York 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.

To date, there have been three ceremonies, where students from UTCs have been presented with awards by The Duke of York. Read our news story for a full account of the most recent ceremony that took place at St James' Palace in March 2016 and view the video footage of the first ceremony that took place in December 2013.

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

Assessors Later this year, we will be looking for volunteers to interview candidates for the 2017 award. If you are interested, read our information on Duke of York Award Assessors.

Timeline For a comprehensive timeline of the awards process, from application through to announcement of award winners, including useful downloads for students, UTCs and Duke of York Award Assessors, click here.

In the 21st century we are going to need skilled, educated people – you will have that skill and mental acuity to succeed in more than you would ever imagine. Congratulations on what you have achieved, good luck and enjoy your time left in education.

HRH the Duke of York
Awards Ceremony, March 2016