Lincoln College Group & the Air & Defence Career College

The College

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Lincoln College Group has campuses in Lincoln, Gainsborough and Newark with 6,000 full and part-time students. The college works with 1,200 business and national organisations delivering 1,800 apprenticeships annually.

LCG is widely known for its specialist provision catering to the aerospace and defence sectors.

The Employer

Lincoln College Group set up the Air & Defence Career College (A&DCC) in partnership with key employers and players in the Air and Defence sector.

These include the Royal Air Force, Raytheon, Thales, AAR, BAE systems, Northrop Grumman and Leonardo.

The Partnership

The Air and Defence Career College was aimed to provide a pipeline of highly skilled and productive people to pass their RAF Basic Recruit Training first time or thrive in the wider aerospace industry.

This partnership started three years ago. After an intensive 12-months of employer engagement, a co-designed curriculum was launched based on identified job roles where skills shortages existed.

The Benefits

The intensive engagement with employers and the development of the A&DCC model, involving curriculum co-design and bespoke delivery models, has opened many opportunities in other sectors. Adapted versions of the model are now in place acting as micro colleges for the Construction Industry, for Knowhow, for the Engineering sector in Gainsborough and shortly for the Care Sector.

The A&DCC has also bought many benefits for learners and the college as enrolment and success rates are very high. Attendance is currently at 98 per cent, which is significantly above the College’s average and curriculum managers are forecasting a 100 per cent pass rate. Work experience participation is 100 per cent.

Of the 17/18 intake, 23 students passed their basic Recruit Training and joined the RAF, five are returned for either year two or three and eight either took up apprenticeships or are pursuing a career in the wider aerospace industry. This year (19/20), 16 students are currently progressing through the RAF application process, with a view to joining at the end of this academic year.

What they say

Hear first hand from colleges and employers about their experiences.

We are really proud of the Air & Defence Career College movement, the purpose of which is to create highly skilled and productive employees for the Royal Air Force and the defence industrial companies, who are major employers in the Greater Lincolnshire region. Employers frequently say to me that they wish that their new employees were better prepared for work in addition to having the requisite education and training.

Listening to that feedback and acting upon it, the Career College is heavily influenced by employers and highly enriched with activities related to the employment sector.

Gary Headlad, Chief Executive at Licoln College Group

The RAF partnership with the Air and Defence Career College is something we are proud to support and encourage as it grows. The opportunities for these young Women and Men in the Aerospace industry can only benefit from the courses being run by the Colleges. We have already seen successful bright young joiners start their career with us and look forward to seeing many more in the future along with our partners. The variety of roles is extensive and a surprise to so many yet is a doorway to an interesting array of future opportunities and personal development.

Warren James, Air Vice-Marshal of the RAF

It’s a fantastic initiative that provides more opportunities for young people from across the region to learn key skills that will add to their employability. I am delighted that the RAF has been allowed to shape what’s on offer to the students, and contribute important life-skills such as leadership, management and physical fitness. My ambition is that the Air and Defence College Career will be a recognised pathway for highly prepared and confident young men and women into the RAF, and industry, in areas like; engineering, computer sciences and catering, to name but a few.

Air Commodore Chris Luck, Commandant of the RAF College Cranwell

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