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In an exclusive interview with ITV Meridian - His Royal Highness the Duke of York has given his backing to a new style of further education - pioneered in the Thames Valley.
University Technical Colleges allow students to leave school at 14 years old and start their chosen career path with training and the qualifications they need.
Penny Silvester reports.
The Duke of York has been at the opening of Buckinghamshire University Technical College this morning.
The UTC is one of several being launched, to prepare young people for work through strong links with the industry.
Partners and students were also there to celebrate the opening.