The Duke of York becomes Patron of the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence

The Duke meeting Engineering Apprentices in the CEME workshops

The Duke has given his support to an innovative regeneration charity in East London. CEME, the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence, operates from a hi-tech campus in East London and has a core focus on delivering the skills and training to support the business growth that UK engineering and manufacturing sectors are targeting.

HRH has become the Patron of CEME following a visit to the campus in August of 2013. During his visit The Duke met with new technology start-up companies in the CEME Innovation Centre, had lunch with Business Leaders from Engineering and Manufacturing companies in the South East and then went on to meet Engineering Apprentices in the CEME workshops. The visit concluded when HRH met with prospective parents and students for Elutec – a new University Technology College opening on the CEME campus in September 2014.

HRH Speaking at CEME

The Chief Executive of CEME, Bill Williams, said “I am delighted that The Duke of York has agreed to become Patron of CEME. Given His Royal Highness’s interest in UK based engineering, manufacturing and technology companies and his passion for the growth of skilled employment opportunities this public endorsement is a fitting tribute to what CEME has achieved already and its exciting plans for the future.”

In September 2014, Elutec, a new University Technology College based at CEME, will open its doors to up to 600 students with an interest in studying engineering and product design. Elutec will offer a fantastic new education opportunity to young people in East London and is a partnership between UCL, Ford, CEME and Prospects Learning Foundation. For more information please visit

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