PUPILS at Westborough High School met the Duke of York on Tuesday at a launch event for his new project, the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Awards (iDEA).
Students from the Dewsbury school played a pioneering role in the new national scheme by carrying out different tasks online and picking up a bronze award at the University of Huddersfield event.
iDEA is the digital equivalent of the famous Outward Bound scheme developed by his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, delivering “a similar sort of activity stream but in a digital form”.
The Duke of York traces the origin of the idea to the financial crisis of 2008 and said: “It was clear that if we were going to continue to be a prosperous nation, we were going to have to invest in our skills, education and young people.
“Much of what I have learned about computer learning is that young people do it better collaboratively than sat in a classroom and being taught about it.
“So we came up with the idea of giving badges for anybody – young people particularly – for different skills in the digital world.”
Lukman Patel, director of learning business and ethics at Westborough says the scheme is already a huge success.
He said: “I feel it will give young people in our region a competitive advantage in the labour market and turn Kirklees and Yorkshire into the digital hub of the nation.
“Business and enterprise is a specialism and we are continually looking to bring business alive and make it real; pupils have been offered some incredible opportunities in which they have put their business and entrepreneurial skills to the test.
“Consequently, the passion and drive from our young people has resulted in a win on every occasion where a competition has been in place, leaving us unbelievably proud as a school.
“In the last two years alone, Westborough has achieved a remarkable 18 awards and trophies in enterprise education, winning every local, national and regional competition of note.”