Scarborough TEC student, Victoria Oram-Robinson, was recently awarded a prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, after taking part in one of the most rewarding schemes for young people in the UK.
Victoria, who is currently studying for a Level 3 in Engineering, enlisted for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme as she is a keen member of the Sea Cadets and she had to take part in a number of challenges including a four-night, five-day expedition, a week-long residential trip, a physical challenge and a skill challenge
To receive her award Victoria was invited to St James’ Palace where she was presented with her certificate and award by HRH Prince Edward – The Earl of Wessex. Victoria said:
“You really get a lot out of taking part and it’s definitely fun but hard work. It looks good on your CV too. You have to be determined to do it, for the expedition we walked along the Moors and that was really tough; I got a lot of blisters.
“It teaches you the determination to keep going and stick at what you’re doing and that’s been really useful at College. Being organised at College and learning how to solve problems definitely helped me to complete the Award.
“It was amazing to go to the Palace and get the Award. It felt a bit crazy to meet Prince Edward. There was only ten of us in each group so we had a chance to have a conversation with him, it felt very special.”