The Duke of York is to officially launch the Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen’s 2014 Apprenticeship Awards.
The Duke will attend the launch event on April 10 at Launchpad, the vocational centre at Tewkesbury for 14-19 year olds run by Gloucestershire College.
The royal visitor will tour the centre, meeting students and staff, and is expected to make a speech about the importance of training and apprenticeships.
The Duke of York has a particular interest in three areas: education and skills; entrepreneurs and SMEs and science and technology.
The Apprenticeship Awards are now in their third year with 11 categories. Gloucestershire College and The Warranty Group are the title sponsors.
They culminate in an awards evening at Hatherley Manor Hotel in June 12.
Editor of the Gloucestershire Echo Kevan Blackadder said: “We’re delighted that the Duke of York will be attending the event. He is keen to support apprenticeships and he will be meeting some of our most successful apprentices and the great Gloucestershire companies who employ them.
“Some fantastic work goes on across numerous disciplines at Launchpad and we know the young people involved are looking forward to showcasing the skills they are gaining.”