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Supporting Skills Development in Lincolnshire

The Institutes of Technology (IOT) have been formed across England to enhance the career and employment chances of young people and adults. The programmes that have been created at the institutes have been designed in collaboration with employers, colleges, and universities to ensure students are work-ready and to offer clear career progression.

At the Lincolnshire Institute of Technology, our aim is to develop the talent and skills to drive exciting new age industries and play a role in enabling a dynamic, technology driven economy. We aim to support continuous life long learning by offering opportunities for personal and professional development.

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Our Vision

At the Lincolnshire Institute of Technology, we aim to:

  • Provide employers in the region with the skills that they need to succeed, now and in the future. We are committed to identifying future skills needs, supporting progress, and ensuring that new and existing staff can solve problems and effect change.

  • Offer students an excellent technical education, developing the talent and skills to drive exciting new age industries and play a role in enabling a dynamic, technology driven economy. By doing so, we hope to enable employers to develop and retain local talent, reducing the need to recruit from outside of the region.

  • Offer a path of continous life long learning, inspiring and raising the aspirations of learners, increasing social mobility, and enable our students to secure jobs and follow progression pathways that have been mapped out in collaboration with employers.

Our Partners

The Lincolnshire Institute of Technology brings together the University of Lincoln, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, DN Colleges Group (North Lindsey College), Bishop Burton College (Riseholme College), Boston College, Grantham College and University Centre, Lincoln College, Lincoln UTC, Bakkavor Plc, and Olympus Automation Limited, with the support of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Siemens Energy UK, and CATCH.

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Courses at Lincoln

The University of Lincoln offers a range of Institute of Technology courses in the areas of Food and Drink Manufacturing, Operations, Food Science and Technology, and Food Operations Management and Leadership.

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Get the Jump and Skills for Life

Find out more about the Government's Get the Jump and Skills for Life campaigns, designed support people so they can get the skills they need to get the jobs they want.

Get the Jump brings together a wealth of helpful information and guidance for young people aged 14-19. Whether you know where you’re headed in the future or not, knowing the work and study choices available to you is a great place to start You can get started at

Skills for Life aims to support adult learners who want to develop their skills, bringing together a range of government-backed skills and training oppotunities. These can be found at

Adult Learners Set to Benefit from New Technical Skills at Lincolnshire Institute of Technology

Adult learners are set to benefit from free courses at the Lincolnshire Institute of Technology (IoT) that will help them to rapidly upskill or retrain, and in turn plug local skills gaps.

65 short and modular courses will start to roll out from later this month at 10 Institutes of Technology (IoTs) across England, including Lincolnshire IOT, in sought-after STEM subjects. This will include courses such as Artificial Intelligence, Digitisation of Manufacturing, Digital Construction, Agricultural Robotics, and Cyber Security.

The courses will be a blend of classroom and remote online study and will vary in length from 50 to 138 hours – giving more adults greater flexibility in how and when they learn, so they can fit it around their day to day lives.

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Delivering Skills for a Sustainable Future

At the Lincolnshire Institute of Technology, we aim to help students become part of a sustainable future. Many of our courses offer the chance for students to develop the sustainability knowledge and skills that employers are looking for.

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Innovative Work at NCFM Impacting the World Stage

Research at the University of Lincoln's National Centre for Food Manufacturing is having a profound impact on tacking some of the world's most pressing challenges.

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing has become renowned for its work in food innovation thanks to the projects and research completed by its academic teams. Researchers are working with local, national and international businesses to find solutions for the food chain.

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Innovation Newsletter

Find out more about our research and all things innovation in our Lincolnshire Institute of Technology Innovation Newsletter. Discover events, a virtual breakfast series, and how to engage with our research.

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Showcasing Transformative Agricultural Technology

The Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology at the University of Lincoln, in conjunction with the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC), hosted an FPC Future conference in November 2021 on Robotics and Automation in horticulture.

Jo Churchill MP, Minister for Agri-Innovation and Climate Adaptation attended the event and was impressed by the University’s transformative innovation in agriculture. The packed schedule included eight conference sessions covering pre and post farm robotics and automation, data driven technologies, plastics and packaging, supply chain waste, carbon supply chains, vertical farming, and sustainability.

Jo Churchill MP, Minister for Agri-Innovation and Climate Adaptation said: “It was brilliant to get a glimpse of the future and the very important work the University of Lincoln is doing in this area by supporting and enhancing the future of food and agriculture productivity, efficiency, and sustainability.”

Jo Churchill MP visiting the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology


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Discover Our National Centre for Food Manufacturing

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the University of Lincoln is dedicated to helping food industry employees advance their careers. Our part-time apprenticeships and distance-learning provision enables flexible study for those working across a range of areas.

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Hear from Our Students

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing aims to provide the best experience for apprentices through flexible delivery and innovative teaching and learning, and have worked with employers and the Trailblazer Groups to be able to offer a comprehensive range of new standards including the sector’s first Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeships.

Find out more about the experiences of our apprenticeship students and their career progression since completing their programmes in our video.

You can also read more about Joe Hughes, a Level 3 Supply Chain Practitioner at Nestlé UK, who recently completed his End Point Assessment (EPA) with OAL. Joe chose to do an apprenticeship when finishing college as he did not feel a degree was the right path for him to take.

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Hear from Industry Experts

Cian Short, Early Career Manager at Bakkavor, one of the University of Lincoln's key apprenticeship partners, explains how their apprentice scheme works, and how it helps create future stars for the company.

You can also find out more about careers in food and nutrition on the Food Matters Careers hub and student zone.

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University of Lincoln
Holbeach Campus
PE12 7PT