His Royal Highness the Duke of York swept into town this morning (Wednesday) accompanied by police motorcyclye outriders for the official opening of Aylesbury’s new University Technical College.
Prince Andrew was amongst a distinguished guest list at the college in Oxford Road, which included founder of the UTC movement Lord Baker, Pete Redfern boss of key sponsor Taylor Wimpey, the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher, leading district and county councillors and Aylesbury Mayor Tom Hunter-Watts.
The £10m college supported by industry partners in both construction and IT, opened its doors to students in September last year.
The Prince praised the college and its partners for its pioneering spirit and said UTCs were an important part for the future of education.
The college is currently one of only 12 across the country which caters for 14-19 year olds and has revolutionised further education with its workplace like environment and approach.
Prince Andrew said: “These colleges are making a significant difference for young people.”
Twenty-one employers are already signed up to Aylesbury UTC to provide ‘hands-on’ projects for the students. Course curriculums have been designed in partnership with Taylor Wimpey, Cisco, Esri UK and McAfee, bringing their industry expertise together to give students valuable work-related experience ultimately leading to jobs in those sectors.