PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Duke of York visits West Notts College

THE Duke of York was given a tour of West Notts College’s construction and logistics skills academy in Kirkby on Tuesday.

Staff and students rolled out the red carpet for Prince Andrew, who was touring the £7.2m Station Park site as part of his ongoing effort to recognise and promote excellence in technical education and apprenticeships across the UK.

His Royal Highness had a round-table discussion with employers and business leaders on the subject of re-engaging and creating jobs for young people.

He then enjoyed a tour of the construction academy’s state-of-the-art facilities with college principal Asha Khemka and met staff, students and apprentices.

During the visit, Prince Andrew met 16-year-old Building Services Level 1 student Nev Williams, who said it was a privilege to meet a member of the Royal Family.

“It was nice to meet him, he was asking me questions about what I was doing and what I was making and I told him about my course,” said Nev.

“I’ll probably never get to meet a member of the Royal Family again so it was for nice.”

Fellow Building Services student John Brown was asked by Prince Andrew about life at West Notts College.

“He asked me about my future and what course I was doing, he seemed very interested in what I was saying,” he said.

“Although it was a bit nerve-wracking speaking to him I soon relaxed.”

Prince Andrew then gave a speech to students, staff and business representatives and praised everyone for their ongoing hard work.

“The purpose of institutions like this is to bring together learning, training, business and life stories and to give young people opportunities to bring their skills and knowledge into the wider world,” he said.

“Every person has the opportunities to be a success in whatever they do and I would like to congratulate Asha on the work done here and I encourage staff to continue their work here at West Notts College.”

The construction academy provides training to more than 1,300 students on a wide range of vocational courses including bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry, plastering, painting and decorating, gas-fitting and rail engineering.