Four students from Lincoln University Technical College have recently returned from St James’ Place where His Royal Highness, the Duke of York, presented them with their Duke of York Silver Award.
The 16 year olds – Ralph Reader-Sullivan, Christopher Sykes, Sam Baxter and Lewis Mount – are the first Lincoln UTC students to achieve the award, which recognises excellence in technical and academic study, work experience placements and developing wider skills required in the workplace such as communication, problem solving and leadership.
Introduced in 2013, with the support of The Engineering Council, the Science Council and the Gatsby Charitable Trust, there are three Duke of York Award for Technical Education awards: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Bronze and Silver Awards are based on achievements in GCSEs and Level 1 or 2 technical qualifications, with the Gold Award recognising excellence in A levels and/or Level 3 technical qualifications.
It was an incredible day.
We were all very nervous but the Duke and everyone at the palace made us feel very welcome. It was a fantastic experience and it’s great to have our hard work recognised like this.
To achieve the award, the students had to complete at least 240 hours of guided learning, achieve A* to C passes in at least four GCSEs including English and Maths; demonstrate they have taken part in team project; solved problems during the project; completed two weeks’ work experience; and have a clear plan for what they will do next, which for Lewis is hopefully joining the Military Police.
The students were accompanied on the visit to St James’ Palace on 11th October by Dan Lewin, Head of Engineering at Lincoln UTC:
Visiting St James’ Palace and meeting the Duke of York was an amazing experience and one the boys thoroughly deserved. They have all embraced life at the UTC fully, worked incredibly hard and excelled in their studies and work experience placements. The UTC is very proud to have been able to support them and we wish them all the best for the future.
2017s Award opens in January, with Lincoln UTC already preparing its students.
For further information about Lincoln UTC visit www.lincolnutc.co.uk and for the Duke of York Award visit www.http://www.utcolleges.org/duke-of-york-award-for-technical-education/.