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Duke of York attends Ministry of Defence Awards

The Duke of York attended the Ministry of Defence (MoD) Apprentice Awards Ceremony in Whitehall, London, on the 4th of December.

The Duke of York at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday.

The Duke of York at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday.

The Ministry of Defence Apprentice Awards is an awards scheme that works with professional engineering institutions to encourage the development of engineering skills in young students.

Apprentices from around the country, belonging to the engineering community, meet their fellow engineering enthusiasts through this scheme, and exchange ideas and build relationships.  The awards ceremony is held annually in the Main Building of the MoD.

Prince Andrew presented the awards at this year’s Prize Giving. Emma Quigley, who graduated from the MoD apprentice scheme in Plymouth, was the winner of The Apprentice of the Year Award. The Duke congratulated her, as well as the rest of the apprentices, and praised them for their hard work and dedication.

“We need more Apprentices for our own prosperity,” he said about the importance of the scheme.

The Duke of York has been a long-standing advocate of education for the youth, and promotes the development of enterprise and business skills through a number of initiatives. This October, he launched the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Awards (iDEA) for 2015, to support young people in the development of their digital skills.

Photo credit: Duke of York 2014

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