HRH Duke of York visits Hull

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His Royal Highness the Duke of York is visiting Hull today.

Prince Andrew has been to the University of Hull, where he has been looking at a cutting-edge virtual reality training tool that will help train students at the new Humber University Technical College. The facility near Scunthorpe will open in 2015, and will specialise in engineering and renewable energy to prepare students for further study or apprenticeships.

The Duke of York, who is the patron of UTCs, said the skills students will learn at the college will equip them for careers in the renewables industry:

"There are local solutions to national problems. I'm a firm believer that, judging from what I'm hearing from this part of the world, the local community are working extremely hard to make every sort of opportunity available to their young people. They can see where the opportunities are.

"Hull is excellently situated on the coast for the renewables sector, and there are going to be lots of jobs in that area. They're going to be technical, so this is where the University Technical College comes into its own, but that's true of manufacturing jobs in this part of the world more broadly.

"It's about choice, and it's about parents understanding that the young today not only need employability skills and education, but particularly in this part of the world, giving them that technical education will be a better use of their educational time."

Click below to hear more from our interview with the Duke of York:

The Prince will also visit Malet Lambert School to see the work of the Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership in helping young people make their business ideas a reality. 

Youth Enterprise Officer Mike Notarantonio said it's an honour to be able to show the Duke their work:

"We're really, really pleased that the Duke of York is making the effort to come across to Hull. It's a really good opportunity to see all the young people and the enterprise ideas they've had. Primary schools are actually displaying products at the event, and the Duke of York is going to be speaking to a lot of people who support the enterprise agenda in Hull."

Click below to hear what some of the students had to say about meeting the Duke:


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