The Duke of York visited a number of locations across the City of Hull, on Wednesday 1st October as he continues his advocation of young entrepreneurship.
Prince Andrew was in the city to hear about the work of the Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership and its various groups.
Beginning his visit at the University of Hull, the Duke was met by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of East Yorkshire, Andrew Marr and was shown the cutting-edge methods which are being developed to assist with the training of offshore wind engineers. One of those is HIVE (Hull Immersive Visualisation Environment). HIVE is a 3D virtual reality “cube” which is capable of simulating real-life scenarios including the sometimes-hazardous conditions that engineers will face atop wind turbines.
During the tour of the facilities, Andrew met with students from various schools from across the area and stepped “onboard” aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, courtesy of the HIVE technology.
The University is also a partner of the new Humber University Technical College (UTC) which is under construction in Scunthorpe. The Duke is the Patron of UTCs, which have been created to develop specialist skills amongst young people, with the help of industry and universities.
The Humber UTC will specialise in engineering and renewable energy.
Hull, which is the closest city to all three of the UK’s offshore wind farm developments, has a large concentration of energy companies in its vicinity. Centrica, RES and Siemens have already established operations and maintenance bases at Grimsby to serve Rounds 1 and 2 offshore wind farms. The largest of the Round 3 offshore wind farms, Dogger Bank, is 3.5 times the size of East Yorkshire and is one of the largest energy projects anywhere in the world.
After his visit to the University, the Duke crossed the city to the Malet Lambert School, meeting pupils from three schools; Malet Lambert, Gillshill Primary School and Sirius Academy, who are developing a board game and app aimed at encouraging young entrepreneurs.
The game has already been presented to Lord Young for his consideration as part of a review into enterprise education and also at a reception at Buckingham Palace.
Praising Malet Lambert for its approach to education and enterprise, the Prince spoke to students about how Hull was “buzzing” with a sense of pride and achievement and stressed that they should grab the new opportunities available to them.
Amongst the students who spoke with the Duke were Sirius Academy pupil Harry Knight, 15, and Gillshill pupil, Elliott Hutchinson. Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, Harry said:
“It was an amazing experience, not just for us as the younger generation, but for the whole of Hull, having a prince and a member of the royal family here.
“We chatted like businessmen. He was a really nice guy, he had a nice vibe.”
Elliott, who admitted to some nerves about meeting the Duke, said “I was quite nervous but he was really nice. I was telling him how the game worked and he said that he thought it was a good idea.”
Speaking after the visit, Prince Andrew said:
“I am impressed, very, very impressed. What I have seen today, particularly in Hull, is young people who are not only enterprising, but have enterprises, all the way from primary school to university leavers.”
The Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership was launched in 2003, with the objective of motivating, educating, inspiring and supporting the development of both existing and new enterprises. Their primary aim is to develop an enterprise culture amongst young people.
Image Credits: The Duke of York’s Office