Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) was given the Royal seal of approval when His Royal Highness the Duke of York paid a visit.

The Duke visited to help promote the work of colleges in providing apprenticeships, work-based learning and business skills development.

After meeting local dignitaries, His Royal Highness was given a tour of the college by NULC principal and chief executive Karen Dobson, accompanied by the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Sir James Hawley.

He told students he hoped the college could help inspire them to “be more than you think you can be”. The Duke of York added: “I can assure all of you young people that you have a great deal more potential than you probably realise or understand.

“Over the last 10 years I’ve been doing a huge amount for British business and I will continue to do so, because I believe in it, and I also believe you young people are the future of it.”

Mrs Dobson said: “I’m very pleased that the Duke’s visit has shone a spotlight on the work that we are not necessarily well known for, in terms of our work for employers with apprenticeships and skills training.”

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