A group of students and apprentices met his Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Duke of York on Friday 27th April 2018.

The VIP event was held at The Turnpike in Leigh to celebrate their achievements in the Duke of York inspiring Digital Enterprise

The Duke presented students with their certificates, and praised their commitment to developing digital skills which are vitally important in all modern workplaces.Award (iDEA).

The Duke of York said: “We wanted to give students not only a qualification, but also the skills to take into employment.“Participating in iDEA gives employers an idea what your additional skills are. I believe this is something we are doing for everyone, regardless of their age group.”

Speaking at the event Andy Hargreaves, Head of Science and Computing at the College, addressed the VIP guests and members of the Wigan Digital Taskforce to explain how the college have embraced the iDEA programme to showcase and develop students’ digital skills.

He said: “The iDEA Award has been a great success at the college, and we are excited at the opportunity to work with the council and the palace to develop and move the programme forwards to continue to build on this.”

The initiative invites learners to take part in a series of challenges in order to win awards. For every new skill and learning experience mastered, iDEA learners are awarded a digital badge.

Each badge carries a number of points. When participants earn enough points, they are awarded the Bronze, Silver or Gold Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award.

A Level Professional Honours Programme student, Andrew Nelson, who is a former Up Holland High School pupil, studies on the Applied Medical pathway and received his bronze award from the Duke.

He said: “I was so excited for today and to receive my bronze award. The tasks involved a range of digital challenges which I feel will help me in the future.

“The bronze award will also enhance my CV and help me gain employment whilst also gaining essential digital skills.” Aiming to equip young people with digital and enterprise skills, the award is nationally recognised and can help people stand out from the crowd and become economically active.
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