Duke of York visits the Black Country University Technical College
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Duke of York visits Black Country University Technical College

The Duke of York has visited a school in the West Midlands that offers teenagers full-time practical learning.

The duke's visit to the Black Country University Technical College, in Walsall, coincided with him launching the Duke of York Award for Technical Education.

The first award will be presented by the duke later this year at Buckingham Palace to about 200 students currently studying at the Black Country college and the JCB Academy, in Rocester, Staffordshire.

The college's head of science Mark Simcox said: "We're all about getting a good technical qualification that's good for employers.

"With the economy like it is now, this is what we need."

Former Education Secretary Lord Baker was also at the event.