We know many firms and sectors, particularly in technical industries, really struggle to recruit new staff.

No matter what qualifications young candidates have, they just don’t display the attitudes, work ethic, cultural awareness and skills required to hit the ground running. Apprentices can enter at any step dependant on the job role and experience.

Having engaged with a wide range of employers over a number of years, we’ve developed a number of solutions for this.


Examples of this are our Air & Defence College and our Construction College.

Working with firms like yours, we have developed five day a week intensive study programmes over two years to give young people additional technical qualifications and expose them to the workplace on a regular basis. They complete industry-set challenges and take part in extensive work experience.

Business leaders give talks to students, who wear workwear uniforms and are exposed to the culture and values of supporting businesses. This employability training creates a highly skilled and productive pipeline of new recruits for your business.

Industry Blended - the 3:2 model

This involves spotting the potential of interview candidates, employing them on a part-time basis to bring them into the fold and allowing us to develop them at College to turn them into the finished article.

With this model, as part of a joint recruitment process, you hire new recruits on a two day a week basis and we simultaneously enrol them on a three day a week industry training programme.

While they're at College they wear your uniform in a branded classroom and learn more about your business and the wider industry while completing a technical Diploma.

Bespoke Apprenticeship Design 

Here we enrol apprentices for you, but for the first year they spend most of their time at College, with either a day a week in your business or scheduled block periods. In Year 1 we work on technical upskilling, employability skills and safety, so that in Year 2 they can really hit the ground running as full time apprentices.

We first launched this model for Made in Gainsborough, a really exciting collaborative approach taken by competing engineering firms in West Lindsey.

They got tired of poaching each other’s staff and spiralling wages due to the skills gap and decided to work together. We developed this approach to nurture local talent that wasn’t quite there yet, into a strong pipeline of motivated, skilled new recruits.

Click here to view our full list of apprenticeships we offer

"We are developing qualified engineers with the skills we need to support and grow our business and provide great career opportunities for the successful students."

Jules Harrison - Knowhow Project Manager

Recruiting work-ready apprentices

Entry Trade / Profession

Here we are talking about recruiting work-ready apprentices straight into your business, or developing existing staff to the next level via Intermediate, Advanced or Higher Apprenticeships.

What makes us different is our diversity, capacity and access to wider Government funding. We can add to this technical training with a huge range of fully funded level 2 qualifications, literacy and numeracy training and English for Speakers of a Foreign Language (ESOL) training where appropriate.

In 2018 Lincoln College Accountancy Apprentice, Amiee Harrison, at Nicholsons Chartered Accountants, was named Apprentice of the Year at the Lincolnshire Media Business Awards.

Lincolnshire Media Business awards

Team Leader and Manager

Team Leader and Manager

It’s here that we leverage apprenticeship training to succession plan your leadership teams. You can put your staff through Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship qualifications to develop them for the future or underpin their current jobs with enhanced knowledge.

Again, we are different to private training providers because we add real value. We will bolt on additional training courses according to need. These might include; Business Improvement Techniques, Lean Principles, Challenging Behaviours in the Workplace, Finance and Managing Budgets, Cyber Security and GDPR.

For senior leaders, our CMDA courses benefit from our Career Degree Bursary Scheme. This entitles all CMDA apprentices to £500 per year of study to invest in additional industry qualifications.

In 2019 Lincoln College Apprentice Sophie Harwood was named Apprentice Young Achiever of the Year at the Greater Lincolnshire Construction and Property Awards.

Lincolnshire Construction and Property Awards

Apprenticeship Training Courses

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We offer apprenticeship training in the following areas:

Online Training

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As one of our apprenticeship partners, you will get exclusive access to our fully funded Level Two online qualifications for your staff. The range of qualifications is extensive and this is a great way to bolster your CPD strategy.

View the online courses

Industry Training Courses

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Our professional, technical short courses are delivered by expert tutors from our training bases at Lincoln, Newark and Gainsborough. We can also train your staff in-house, subject to group sizes.

Find out more about industry courses

Business Club Benefits

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When you engage with us we will give you a Business Club Card. This means we value your investment in education and training in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire and we want to give you something back.

Find out more about business club benefits