Towns Fund Projects

1. Hospitality, Events and Tourism (HEAT) Institute

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Lincoln College

Project Description

The project will provide employer-led training facilities designed to offer critical support across Lincoln City and surrounding areas in one of the GLLEP’s Priority Sectors, the Visitor Economy, at a time when it is needed the most.  From a student perspective, the project will focus on the realisation of two key objectives:

  1. The creation of exciting new training facilities and capability
  2.  Enabling outdated facilities to be refreshed and reimagined

HEAT will offer active support to local businesses via a range of training services that will help the sector to grow, develop and innovate by upskilling the workforce and enhancing the pathways into employment via training of students in the required skills to create a desirable future workforce.

Working in partnership with the University of Westminster and educational institutions in Denmark (ZBC College1; the largest T&H college group in Denmark), the USA and the Middle East, along with Lincolnshire based employers such as the Intercontinental Hotel Group, the Hilton Worldwide Group, the Stonegate Pub Company and Butlins, the project will provide a state-of-the-art learning environment, with cutting edge technologies focused on plugging skills gaps and delivering training in the application of digital assistive technologies. Having consulted with local employers and industry bodies such as Visit Lincoln, we will increase the number and range of new apprenticeships offered and launch T-Levels in Hospitality and Tourism and Catering. 

Students will also benefit from the opportunity to work in the theatre and events sector at the Drill Hall, the arts sector via our partnerships with local galleries and the catering and events sector via Lincoln College's own commercial catering business. Many of the placements on offer through the College or our partners will be paid, enabling students to earn-while-they-learn.

Project Rationale

  • Addresses recognised need to improve health outcomes and address skills shortages as key barriers to growth
  • Engages disadvantaged groups and addresses barriers to the labour market as a result of mental health issues
  • Delivers access to qualifications and a route to higher level learning and employment opportunities
  •  It supports local businesses to increase productivity through addressing staff wellbeing and reducing levels of absenteeism
  • It supports the wider urban regeneration objectives and learning outcomes in construction as part of the delivery