As part of the verification process for the Duke of York Awards some Year 11 and Year 13 students at The Leigh UTC have been interviewed by local businesses. Qualifying criteria includes elements such as 10 days’ work experience, presenting to external audiences, formal presentation of technical work, completing team projects, demonstrating leadership, researching careers and career paths, completing vocational qualifications in Engineering or ICT and gaining good grades, in addition to the interview process itself.
One interviewer, Jenna Wells of Hollowells Business Support commented
“All of the students demonstrated a fantastic level of professionalism and pride in their Duke of York interviews. It was great to have the opportunity to reflect with them on their achievements, and discuss their plans for the future. Their enthusiasm and dedication to their development shone through and it is clear that their experience at the Leigh UTC has started them on a fantastic path.
I wish all the students the best in the outcome of the Duke of York awards and all of their other qualifications”
The Leigh UTC were one of the largest cohorts receiving the Gold award last year, collecting their awards at the Palace personally from HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York. This year the Leigh UTC will also introduce year 11s ; who can gain Silver as the maximum award. Year 11s are already impressing the interviewers, with all thus far delivering the Gold standard answers despite only requiring those of a Silver award standard.