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New multi-million-pound skills centre opened in the city

May 17 2022

Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) Pat Doody cut the ribbon on the new facility at Lincoln College today.

Training students for careers in health and social care and cyber security, the Digital and Professional Skills Centre, represents a £2.5m investment from the GLLEP.

The Centre contains the latest technology to ensure graduating students are familiar with cutting edge industry techniques.

It is also home to the Lincoln Business Centre, an incubation hub and co-working space for start-ups in the city.

The GLLEP contributed £2.5m to the 5.5m total project costs from the Skills Capital Budget Fund in September 2020.

Pat Doody, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This fully restored and iconic 130-year-old building has been transformed into a cutting edge and beautiful centre. 

“The facilities here will give students the self-confidence and experience to enter the workplace at an accelerated pace, which is vital to our local employers who have both skills and staff shortages.

“We supported this new centre because it responds directly to the skills and training requirements for employers in our priority sectors – particularly manufacturing and engineering, health and care, and digital and IT – at a time when it is needed the most.”

Thanks to this investment, Lincoln College health and social care students are now working on £26,000 simulation mannequins that help them to learn about monitoring the breathing and heart rate of elderly patients. The life-size mannequins replicate the weight and feel of the human body, allowing students to practice moving patients as they would in a care home.

The Centre also boasts a fully-equipped networking lab, allowing cyber apprentices to fight viruses and penetration-test servers in a secure environment.

Lincoln College Principal and CEO Mark Locking said: “Investment from the GLLEP, the DfE and ourselves has breathed new life into this 130-year-old Grade two listed building – transforming it into a state-of-the-art training centre.

“Thanks to this investment our students are now benefitting from an amazing, progressive learning environment that is equipped with the very latest technology.

“This represents and amazing opportunity for young people interested in careers in health and social care and cyber.”

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