Duke of York Inspires Students at Newcastle under Lyme College
Newcastle under Lyme College
Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) was delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of York to its campus on 8 March 2012.
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.
After meeting local dignitaries in the College reception area, His Royal Highness was given a tour of the College by NULC Principal and Chief Executive Karen Dobson, accompanied by the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Sir James Hawley.
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.
The Duke of York then visited the construction workshops and awarded prizes to the winning team of bricklaying, joinery and painting and decorating students, who had been competing in the inaugural ‘Barratt Challenge’, in partnership with Britain’s largest house builder Barratt Homes.
The final part of the tour saw His Royal Highness visit the College’s bespoke University Centre, where he met Foundation degree course leader Richard Hunter and viewed ‘live’ work produced for local businesses by students from the College’s graphics and digital media production courses.
The Duke of York then unveiled a plaque to commemorate his visit in the College’s main reception area and addressed the assembled audience of college students, staff and dignitaries before leaving.
Principal Karen Dobson said: “I'm very pleased that the Duke's visit has shone a spotlight on the work that we are not necessarily well known for, in terms of our work for employers with apprenticeships and skills training.”
“I am very proud of the staff that helped pulled everything together and of course all the students who have done themselves real credit."