Lincoln College Group

Highlighting best practice as a representative in The Parliamentary Review

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Lincoln College Group is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

CEO Gary Headland
Higher education
Lincoln College is where Lincoln College Group started on
September 27, 1886, and its core values remain 134 years
later – to provide recognised economic and social value
to the community it serves. It now incorporates Newark and
Gainsborough Colleges, where professional technical training,
apprenticeships, GCSEs, A levels, degree and now master’s
programmes are delivered. CEO Gary Headland shares an
insight into how the group operates and some of the projects it
has undertaken.
Lincoln College Group has grown exponentially over the last six years into a strong,
sustainable business that is able to invest in employer-led training.
Our partnerships
The mobilisation of colleges in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, educational contracts
in China and training consultancy in Romania and the Caribbean have been
reflected by commercial activity in the UK. Meanwhile, the development of Ofsted
outstanding training at IRC Morton Hall, the expansion of the group’s gym and spa,
the introduction of Escape Rooms at Lincoln College, an in-house catering business
and ventures like students providing match-day catering at Lincoln City Football
Club continue to diversify income streams and disperse risk.
In a sector that has suffered a decade of real-terms funding cuts, the group leverages
its sustainability by continuing to invest in employer-led education and training.
Additional income streams have funded productivity wrappers for employer-led
»CEO Gary Headland
»Founded in 1886
»Location: Lincolnshire,
Nottinghamshire, international
»Type provision: Further
education, higher education,
»No. of students: cca 18,000
»Our commercial portfolio
includes a suite of escape
rooms and catering for Lincoln
City Football Club
Lincoln College
Highlighting best practice
programmes. Investment is made in
additional teaching hours with industry
experts and creating inspiring industry-
standard learningenvironments.
This approach sparked the
development of the Air and Defence
Career College, which now has sites
in Lincoln, Stamford and King’s Lynn.
It also led to the development of a
construction college in Gainsborough,
which has now been expanded to
Lincoln with partners including Gusto
Homes, Dulux and the Bell Group.
Our partnership with Team Knowhow
Dixons Carphone has led to the
development of a bespoke micro-
college to train IT technicians. This
programme has recently been awarded
the Princess Royal Training Award.
AMP Rose, Eminox, Wefco, Regal,
Trepko, Clean Tech, A Schulman and
Hooton Engineering are all partners with
Gainsborough College at the Made in
Gainsborough Centre of Excellence.
These firms suffered crippling skills
shortages for years but now have a
pipeline of highly skilled engineers.
Our Digital Business Academy produces
skilled marketeers and general business
apprentices via digital internships with
firms like Distract, City X, Wallbreaker
and KryptoKloud.
Our care college at Lincoln and Newark
Colleges, which was co-designed by
The Orders of St John Care Trust, The
Priory and LinCA, is the first in the UK
to enable students to gain the industry
gold-standard Care Certificate in the
Workplace. Investment enabled by our
commercial arm continues this year
with the launch of our policing college
in partnership with Lincolnshire Police
and G4S. This provides a pipeline
of highly skilled staff into support
roles like emergency call handlers
and custody officers. It also offers a
progression route into police officer
roles via the college’s new professional
policing degree.
Social and economic value
All of these programmes, which are
only possible due to investment via our
commercial division, have been created
in direct response to employer need.
The skills and qualifications acquired
by former learners at LCG bolster the
Lincoln College Service Area’s economy
by increasing employer outputs and
adding around £141.7 million in income
to the regional economy peryear.
Altogether, Lincoln College contributes
approximately £185.5 million in
additional income per year to the
local business community. The college
continued to train throughout the
Covid-19 lockdown and will be integral
to the county’s ability to bounce back
via innovation and growth.
Exploring new territories
New training opportunities across
the group’s specialisms of applied
engineering, health and social care and
business education and training are
being explored in the UK, China, KSA,
Eastern Europe and beyond.
The group is working to a 10-year
plan in KSA and continues to run its
highly regarded Qatief Female College
contract. It also runs a tourism and
Engineering students
Investment is
made in
teaching hours
with industry
experts and
creating inspiring
hospitality college in Riyadh and has
recently won the contract to run
the Inspection Technology & Quality
Assurance National Institute, also
In China, the group is running
ecommerce courses at Chengdu
Industry and Trade College and is
delivering accountancy at Guangdong
Construction Polytechnic from
September. Our UK commercial
business also continues to expand. We
are exploring further Ministry of Justice
contracts in prison settings to build
on our work at IRC Morton Hall, and
we have signed a new contract with
Lincoln City Football Club to provide
catering services this year.
Lincoln College has now taken all
catering in-house to be run as a
commercial venture and is offering
outside catering services for businesses
and events. The college has expanded
its Escape Room partnership with
Escape Lincoln and is now running
eight rooms.
This strong international and
commercial footing, which provides
significant profits for reinvestment in
education and training, is also enabling
an expansion of our employer-led
productivity wrapper programmes.
This year the group invested additional
international income to launch a care
college at Lincoln which has now been
expanded into Newark College. We
recently have secured GLLEP Skills
Capital funding to develop the Gibney
Building in Monks Road in Lincoln.
Work will start this year to transform
this building into the flagship Institute
of Technology for Lincoln. IOTs are
a partnership with the University of
Lincoln and other further education
colleges, and this centre will focus on
higher-level digital, health and social
care and applied engineering skills
areas. The group also has several live
Towns Funds bids. At Newark the
college plans to open the country’s
first International Air and Space
Institute, which will transform the way
pilots, future astronauts, engineers and
ground staff are trained.
By continuing to generate significant
additional income via international
and UK commercial work, LCG will
continue to transform its curriculum to
develop highly skilled and productive
staff to underpin the local economy
and help it thrive.
and commercial
footing, which
profits for
reinvestment in
education and
training, is also
enabling an
expansion of
our employer-
led productivity
Lincoln College further
education students

This article was sponsored by Lincoln College Group. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy