At a reception at St James’s Palace, The Duke of York, Patron of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, presented The Duke of York Award for Technical Education (Gold) to 100 students from University Technical Colleges (UTCs).
Created in 2012, the Awards recognise the unique education UTC students enjoy. They have pursued highly technical subjects including engineering, health sciences, advanced manufacturing and computer science. To achieve a Gold Award students must have at least two weeks’ worth of work experience, have completed two projects with employer or university partners, and achieved good grades in technical subjects.
His Royal Highness is Patron of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which supports and promotes new and existing UTCs, which are secondary schools that combine technical, practical and academic learning.
74% of all Gold Award winners started either a higher form of education (degree at university), or started a higher form of apprenticeship (Level 4+).