Visit to Kent by HRH The Duke of York, 14th March, 2013
The Duke of York spent the day in Kent attending a briefing on the training programmes at the Swale Skills Centre; the programmes are receiving such a big take-up there are plans to expand the centre when possible. Following the briefing The Duke spoke to groups of apprentices engaged in learning about wind farm technology, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Manufacturing. He paused briefly to inspect a Caterham 7 sports car, assembled by students in their spare time.
It was most appropriate that HRH was able to visit Kent Choices Live 4 U at the Detling showground where he toured the stands and spoke to many of those manning them, as well as those who were seeking out a career.
During a working lunch he spoke with employers and students about apprenticeships and the way forward in encouraging a larger number of people to seize the opportunities. Many people have practical skills where apprenticeships would be more suitable; this still requires relevant education and training but prepares young people to begin a career from which they can develop their learning whilst earning.
HRH, ended his day in Kent with a visit to open The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, East Kent College, Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs. Here he toured the building and was given a number of presentations by the students and attended a Q&A session with students before unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.