HRH The Duke of York awards outstanding performance from UTC students
UTC Reading students and alumni recently joined over 100 students from UTCs across the country at 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 16 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.
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 UTCs, 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."
Kishan Dhaliwal was amongst the UTC Reading students receiving awards, having left the UTC last summer and started a sponsored degree with CGI. Kishan said:
"I believe that obtaining the Duke Of York Award will help me with my future for my career in technology. To be recognised for my technical education by a member of such a prestigious monarch would definitely make me stand out compared to being a normal student who had just finished their studies. Gaining such an award will inevitably attract employers within this field."
Going on to speak about the value of his UTC education, he commented:
"UTC Reading is unique as it sets a business-like environment to prepare for the world of work. The direct relationships you build with the industry partners are of a priceless value - without these connections, I wouldn't have the opportunity I have now.
"UTC Reading really did make me ready for industry and has helped me become more attractive to employers."
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