By Daniel Hunter

His Royal Highness, The Duke of York has praised Cosworth’s approach to innovation and investment in the UK’s next generation of engineers, during a special tour of the British firm.

As part of a pledge to show support for Britain’s manufacturing industry, and to inspire the country’s future engineers, His Royal Highness was invited to Cosworth to meet its apprentices and to learn about the firm’s acclaimed apprenticeship scheme.

The Duke of York is keen to ensure that young people today have the opportunity to develop the right employability skills was delighted to see the commitment shown by Cosworth in the development of their apprentices.

“We were delighted to show His Royal Highness first-hand the capability that makes Cosworth such a unique force in high performance engineering," Tim Routsis, Group Chief Executive of Cosworth, said.

Eighteen-year-old apprentice, Toby Hibble, said: “The experience and opportunities offered here at Cosworth are phenomenal. Working here is like a dream, and I still can’t believe I got the job!”

The Duke of York was given a guided tour of the Cosworth’s manufacturing facilities, which included its aerospace, defence and Formula One workshops. His Royal Highness was able to see first-hand Cosworth’s light-weight diesel technology, which is being used in UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and portable genset applications. This technology has delivered contracts with Rolls-Royce and Singapore Technologies Aerospace in recent months.

“The UK is at the forefront of engineering and Cosworth employs some of the UK’s best engineers," Routsis added.

"We plan to continue creating the highest calibre of engineer through our apprenticeship programmes, which we believe make up for the shortfall of education opportunities faced by many talented young people.”

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