The Royal Air Force has joined forces with Lincoln College to launch the UK’s first ever Air & Defence Career College.
During a ceremony held at Lincoln College’s city centre campus, students, RAF personnel and local dignitaries joined together to mark the occasion. Current Service personnel were also on hand to demonstrate the RAF roles available through the college, including Chef, Caterer and Cyberspace Communication Specialist.
The Air & Defence Career College specialises in engineering, computer science, cooking and catering - and on top of training, students will get to take part in RAF fitness and adventure training and residential courses.
Air Vice Marshal Andrew Turner, the Air Officer Commanding No 22 Group, said he was delighted to be a part of the ceremony.
He said: "Air and Defence Career College gives youngsters a rich and diverse potential which is about values and academic education.
"We are keen to improve the Lincoln College Group and make it work. It will be a major help to the Air Force and other firms like Rolls Royce.
"There was a chance meeting two years ago [with Lincoln College group CEO Gary Headland] and the idea was discussed and was developed through insightful vision. With great leadership it developed into the matriculation today with the first students of the career college."
He added that he would like to see the college rolled out in other areas of the country such as Manchester, Bristol and London. The career college opened its doors at Lincoln College on September 5th to 40 students with numbers expected to grow year on year.
Lincoln College Group chief executive Gary Headland added: "I am really proud of the students. They show great potential for the future and I am utterly determined to provide for them the most amazing teaching and learning excellence.
"Employers frequently say to me that they wish that their new employees were better prepared for work, in addition to having the requisite education and training. Listening to that feedback and acting upon it, the Career College is heavily influenced by employers and highly enriched with activities related to the employment sector."
The ceremony was also marked with a flypast of a Tornado from RAF Marham in Norfolk.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) is one of the world’s most advanced military forces, offering exciting opportunities to the right people.
If you’re looking for a responsible job that’s challenging and rewarding, the RAF has a career for you. To fulfil the roles, we require highly-trained people throughout our organisation.
There are currently more than 50 careers to choose from in a range of different trades.
Whether in the skies above Britain, or airspace around the world, it is the RAF’s job to protect the UK against any form of threat.
There really is something for everyone to be part of the RAF's story.