Duke of York Tours Colleges

Duke of York Tours Colleges

Mar 13, 2012

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) was delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of York to its campus.

The Duke of York visited NULC to help promote the work of colleges in providing high quality apprenticeships, work-based learning and business skills development.

The visit formed part of The Duke of York's work to encourage and inspire young people to develop the right skills, and to recognise and support the many apprenticeship schemes that are developing as a part of the Government's Skills and Innovation agenda.

He told students he hoped the College could help inspire them to "be more than you think you can be". The Duke of York added: "I can assure all of you young people that you have a great deal more potential than you probably realise or understand. Over the last 10 years I've been doing a huge amount for British business and I will continue to do so, because I believe in it, and I also believe you young people are the future of it."

His Royal Highness visited the College's £6 million Skills and Technology Centre and was given a tour of the mechanical engineering workshop by Paula Rowland, Curriculum Manager for Construction and Engineering.

He talked to apprentices from companies including: Michelin, Goodwins International, ABB, JCB, Ibstock Brick, EMD (Electro-Motive Diesel), Ham Baker and TT Pumps and was given a demonstration of the College's Lincoln Electric VRTEX virtual welding machine, the only one of its kind in the area. Read Full Article

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THE DUKE of York praised North Staffordshire's "go-getting" spirit after visiting the region yesterday.

Prince Andrew made appearances at pottery firm Emma Bridgewater in Hanley, tyre giant Michelin in Stoke and Newcastle College as part of his work supporting apprenticeships and skills programmes.

And he told The Sentinel: "I haven't got the impression that this is a backwater, I've got the impression that this is a go-getting part of the world."

"All the equipment was shut down for the visit because we are going through a major £20 million modernisation at the moment and there are more than 100 subcontractors working in the factory.

The tour was followed by a meeting with Michelin engineering training instructor Tony Cassidy and a group of engineering and business apprentices.

Speaking to the apprentices, the Duke said: "So you are the young gang. I must tell you I have learnt a lot about the variety of tyres this morning and the skills involved here and I wish you every success.

At Newcastle College, the Duke visited its £6 million Skills and Technology Centre and was given a tour of the mechanical engineering workshop by Paula Rowland, curriculum manager for construction and engineering.

He talked to apprentices from companies including Michelin, Goodwin International and JCB, and was given a demonstration of the college's Lincoln Electric VRTEX® 360 virtual welding machine, the only one of its kind in the area. Read Full Article