A group shot of all Duke of York Award winners at the 2016 ceremony

29 Mar 2016, 1:23 p.m. / News

Earlier this month over 100 students from UTCs across the country received a royal invite from HRH the Duke of York, KG, to attend the 2016 Duke of York Awards Ceremony at St James’ Palace in London.

The Duke of York Awards for Technical Education, now in their third year, recognise the hard work of UTC students who have pursued and performed well in technical subjects including engineering, health sciences, advanced manufacturing and computer science. Nomination is based on successfully completing work experience placements, academic achievement and developing workplace skills.

At the ceremony, which took place on Wednesday 16th March, each student was presented with their award by HRH, The Duke of York himself. A total of 117 students aged between 16 and 19 received Silver and Gold awards from the Duke, with seven of the students achieving an additional Outstanding Achievement Award for exceptional performance.

HRH The Duke of York, who is an ambassador for technical education and has high involvement in promoting and supporting the UTC programme, closed the ceremony with a speech where he further congratulated the students on their achievements. He said:

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.

Following the awards, the students enjoyed lunch at the Palace and chatted with the Duke who was interested to learn more about what they liked best about their technical education and what their future aspirations were.

Lord Baker, Chair of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the charity behind the UTC commented on the day:

The Duke of York Technical Awards are a wonderful way to celebrate UTC students’ success and shine a spotlight on the value of technical and practical learning. The world of work is changing rapidly and it is these young people who will be leading it.

HRH Duke of York KG, chatting with award winning students at the 2016 Awards reception

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