Lincoln UTC students receive awards from the Duke of York

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Four students from Lincoln University Technical College (UTC) have returned from St James’ Palace where 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 and met the Duke on October 11 to receive the awards.

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Ralph Reader-Sullivan with the Duke of York receiving his award.

The award 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.

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Sam Baxter with the Duke of York receiving his award.

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.

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Lewis Mount with the Duke of York receiving his award.

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.

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Christopher Sykes with the Duke of York receiving his award.

Lewis, who won one of the awards said: “It was a fantastic experience and it’s great to have our hard work recognised like this.”

Dan Lewin, Head of Engineering at Lincoln UTC said: “The UTC is very proud to have been able to support the boys and we wish them all the best for the future.”