This was the third Lincoln College A&DCC matriculation which also celebrated the opening of two new A&DCC partner centres at New College Stamford and the College of West Anglia.
More than 100 students from all three colleges were matriculated by Air Vice-Marshal Warren James, in the presence of employer representatives, local dignitaries and college staff.
Lincoln College Group CEO Gary Headland said: “Seeing 100 students matriculate in the Centenary year of the Royal Air Force was an extremely poignant moment and I know staff across all three colleges are immensely proud of the work we are doing to nurture the next generation of RAF personnel and people wishing to work in the defence sector across our region.
“We are delighted that students and staff from our two new A&DCC partner colleges were able to join us.
“As the A&DCC movement grows across the region it enhances our ability to respond to the needs of our partner employers; the RAF, Thales, Raytheon, BAE Systems, Leonardo and Northrop Grumman.
“We look forward to supporting our two new partner colleges and to expanding this employer-led training movement even further over the next 12 months.
“We are hugely grateful for Air Marshal James’ attendance to matriculate our students and his continued partnership. This was really significant for them and their families and is representative of the incredible levels of support the Royal Air Force has given to the College.”
The A&DCC at Lincoln College was opened in September 2016 as a response to skills shortages in the RAF and wider aerospace industry. Key employers in the industry helped co-design a curriculum to ensure graduates would have an almost guaranteed route into the industry.
AVM James said: “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”
Lincoln Air & Defence Career College engineering student, Izzy, said: “It was such a great event in the cathedral – it made me feel really proud and important to the College. I love my studies here and my aspiration is to be a pilot – I can’t wait to start training for my career.”
If you’re interested in studying at our Air & Defence Career College you can attend our open evening on Wednesday 10th October from 4:30pm to 8pm.
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