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UTC Reading students receive Duke of York Gold Award at St James’s Palace ceremony

Forty-four UTC Reading graduates received the Duke of York Gold Award for Technical Education from HRH The Duke of York, with ten former students attending the prestigious ceremony at St James’s Palace on Monday 16 September.

The students that attended were: Jaleel Abbas, James Carter, Marcus Doctrove, Glory Endah, Cameron Guthrie, Rachael Hanson, Anand Lauchande, Keir McDonald, Luke Pond and Tino Shumba.

The Duke of York Award for Technical Education acknowledges the success of young people choosing technical education and excelling at University Technical Colleges (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 their first step towards becoming registered technicians.

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.

Amy Sutcliffe, Events Lead at UTC Reading, said: “‘Overall, 44 students from UTC Reading received the Gold Award this year, which is really brilliant. The Duke of York Gold Award for Technical Education provides students with a great opportunity to open up conversations with future employers about what they have gained from their UTC career. We’re really proud of all students who achieved the Gold Award this year.”

UTC Reading Vice Principal, Neil Pouney, said: “One of the great student successes we had was that of Jaleel Abbas. He studied BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering and during year 13, he was part of the UTC Pipeline Programme with KBR, a major oil and gas company in Leatherhead.  The programme involved four days over the space of a year where the group worked on a disaster relief project for the company.  At the culmination of the programme, Jaleel had to present to KBR’s Head of Engineering, their Director of HR and Director of Government services. This project work was a key element towards the Gold Duke of York Award. That, coupled with the interviews held in school with school staff and interviews held with external employers, helped Jaleel gain the Gold Duke of York award.

Jaleel applied for the KBR degree apprenticeship scheme and following successful interviews, was selected to start the programme in September 2019.  His apprenticeship means he will be sponsored through his Engineering degree course and will ultimately lead to a Masters degree and working towards Chartered Engineer status.

The Duke of York award helped Jaleel focus what was important in securing his excellent destination.  In all, the Duke of York award is a positive scheme that helps students like Jaleel secure excellent destinations and a very bright future.”

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