Leadec Apprentice wins The Duke of York Award for Technical Education

Onikonda Misomali had just completed his first year as an apprentice at Leadec when he was called to the palace. That was because he had just been presented with the Duke of York Award – a recognition of the fantastic work he had done while working as an apprentice.

Leadec Apprentice wins The Duke of York Award for Technical Education

The award aims to recognize the achievements of young people in Technical Education in the UK. Onikonda had been working at Leadec as an Automation Apprentice, gaining valuable experience for his future career. It wasn’t just the technical side of the job that he excelled at either. The award also recognizes those who adapt to those skills required in the workplace such as communication, problem solving and leadership.

The Award has three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Bronze and Silver Awards are based on achievements in GCSEs and Level 1 or 2 technical qualifications. The Gold Award is based on A levels and/or Level 3 technical qualifications. Onikonda was nominated for the Gold Award – the highest level attainable – and was called to attend St. James’s Palace to personally collect his award from the Duke of York himself, Prince Andrew.

Philip McClennon, CEO of Leadec UK, said: “Great achievement Oni! You should be very proud of your achievement, certainly we’re all very proud of what you have achieved. That’s really great recognition to receive! Well done.”

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