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Duke of York rewards University Technical Colleges students

Seven UTC Reading students have received the Duke of York Award for Technical Education from HRH The Duke of York.

186 students from University Technical Colleges (UTCs) across the country received the Duke of York Award for Technical Education from HRH The Duke of York on 11 October 2016, with many attending the ceremony at St James’s Palace.

The Award recognises the success of UTC students who have pursued highly technical subjects including engineering, health sciences, advanced manufacturing and computer science.  It reflects the unique specialist education young people receive at UTCs which offers academic, technical and practical learning.

As well as those receiving gold and silver awards at St James’s Palace, a further 57 also received bronze awards.

Nomination for the Duke of York Award for Technical Education is based on successfully completing a process of work experience placements, academic achievement and development of workplace skills together with a rigorous assessment interview.

HRH The Duke of York said: "I congratulate all of you who are at the start of your technical careers and this award recognises the achievements you've made so far. Your UTC has given you a technical grounding which is second to none. I look to you all to take this forward so that this country has the advanced technical skills it needs for the future."

Lord Baker, Chair, Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the charity which promotes ad sustains UTCs said: “The Duke of York Award for Technical Education provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the individual achievements of UTC students and the value of technical education. These young people represent some of best technical talent in the country which is essential if we’re to prosper as a nation.”

HRH The Duke of York is Patron of Baker Dearing Educational Trust and is a champion for technical education pathways.

Take a look at the photos from the ceremony.

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