RAF-backed college to open in Lincoln.

‘A new college - backed by the Royal Air Force - is set to open in Lincoln.

The Air & Defence Career College will give students the chance to work on RAF bases and with associated engineering firms.

Students can specialise in engineering, computer sciences or catering, and will train with the RAF as part of the curriculum.

The courses will be run by Lincoln College from its site on Monks Road, starting in September.

Former RAF Wing Commander Gary Headland, Lincoln College Group CEO, said he was "hugely proud to be launching our Air and Defence Career College, supported by the RAF, in Lincolnshire, a county with such a rich Royal Air Force heritage.

The Dambusters flew from RAF Scampton on 16 May 1943, armed with experimental "bouncing" bombs

Lincolnshire - which is known as Bomber County - was home to thousands of men who flew bombing raids during the Second World War.’ – BBC

‘Students will be exposed to working environments on Royal Air Force bases and in some of the best engineering firms in the country.

Youngsters will be able to specialise in engineering, computer sciences or catering.

And graduates who meet RAF criteria will be guaranteed a place on basic recruit training, subject to RAF selection restrictions.

It will help students adapt to workplace culture and develop confidence, good attitudes, team building skills and leadership. On top of the 'Ofsted Outstanding' professional technical training, students will also take part in regular RAF fitness and adventure training.

They will complete Duke of Edinburgh Awards and go on a residential course designed by the RAF and Royal Society of Engineers.

Star performers will even get the chance of going on RAF aircraft flights.’  - Lincolnshire echo

‘Air Commodore Chris Luck, Commandant of the RAF College Cranwell said: “My ambition is that the Air and Defence College will be a recognised pathway for highly prepared and confident young men and women into the RAF, and industry, in areas such as; engineering, computer sciences and catering, to name but a few.”

Founder and Trustee of the Career Colleges Trust, Lord Baker, said: “As well as being of huge benefit to the students and preparing them for employment, Career Colleges are helping to address future skills gaps and support the growth of UK industry.’ – The Lincolnite

 

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