Hackney college graced with two Royal visits in one week

Left to right: Swedish minister of trade Ewa Bjorling, College principle Ian Ashman, apprentice at P

Left to right: Swedish minister of trade Ewa Bjorling, College principle Ian Ashman, apprentice at Poke Douglas Kofi Adu-Boahen, ex-apprentice Hafsana Akthar, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and founder of Poke Nick Farnhill. - Credit: Archant

Hackney Community College received two VIP visits last week, from Royalty interested in its links with Tech City and the opportunities there for young people.

Duke of York visits Hackney Community College, photo Matt Writtle.

Duke of York visits Hackney Community College, photo Matt Writtle. - Credit: Matt Writtle

Sweden’s Minister for Trade, Ewa Björling, joined HRH Crown Princess Victoria and HRH Prince Daniel at the college in Falkirk Street on Thursday.

“The creative and digital links between Sweden and the United Kingdom are becoming increasingly important in a globalised economy where competition for talent is fierce,” said Dr Björling.

“We share an interest in enhancing the networks that tie our countries together to support our creative industries.”

The delegation met with Principal Ian Ashman, college staff and a partner from digital agency Poke which implements the college’s tech apprenticeship programme, and heard from young people about their training.


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The day before, HRH The Duke of York, Prince Andrew enjoyed lunch at the college as part of a visit to thank a consortium of five London colleges and a group of employers for the invaluable role they are playing in the Evening Standard’s Ladder for London apprenticeship campaign.

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