The Award recognises the success of UTC students who have pursued highly technical subjects including engineering, health sciences, advanced manufacturing and computer science. In total, 117 students aged 16 to 18 years received bronze, silver and gold awards from HRH.
Nomination for the Duke of York Award for Technical Education is based on successfully completing work experience placements, academic achievement and developing workplace skills. The Award reflects the education young people receive at UTCs which offers academic, technical and practical learning.
HRH the Duke of York 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.”
Lord Baker, chair of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the charity behind the UTC programme added: “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.”
The Duke of York is Patron of the charity the Baker Dearing Educational Trust which promotes the establishment of UTCs, and is a champion for technical education pathways. This is the third year the Duke has presented the awards.
University Technical Colleges www.utcolleges.org