The College of West Anglia

Students Enrol at Air and Defence College at Lincoln Cathedral

On Tuesday 2nd October over 100 air and defence students from the college and other partner colleges participated in a matriculation ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral to officially enrol at the Air and Defence Career College (A&DCC).

This was the third matriculation of A&DCC students at Lincoln Cathedral, which also celebrated the opening of two new partner centres; the CWA and New College Stamford earlier this year. The students were matriculated by Air Vice-Marshal Warren James, in the presence of employer representatives, local dignitaries and college staff.

The A&DCC was set up in partnership with the Royal Air Force and defence industry businesses to help young people successfully join the Royal Air Force. The college provides employer-led, career focused education and technical training for 16 to 19-year-olds. The course is designed to create secure career paths in the RAF, aerospace and catering industries for young people. The course has three pathways: catering, computing and engineering, with studies evenly split between vocational learning and military training. Students have unprecedented access to RAF sites to learn more about air and defence operations.

Lincoln College launched its programme in September 2017 and CWA and Stamford College in September 2018. The course is an opportunity to create direct pathways to working within the defence sector by providing the right qualifications, fitness levels and technical skills. Participating students are invited to interview with the RAF upon successful completion of the course. Alternatively, they will have the opportunity to progress to employment, an apprenticeship, further study or a career in the aerospace industry.

Jo Evans, learning and skills lead for the A&DCC, said “This was a very prestigious event for the students in an amazing setting. They were formally welcomed into the Air and Defence Career College fraternity by Air Vice Marshall James and wished good luck at the start of their journey into the Royal Air Force. I was very proud of the students and will be working hard with them to help them achieve their goal of joining the Royal Air Force in the future.”

David Pomfret attended the ceremony said “We are extremely proud of all of our students who have matriculated at Lincoln Cathedral today. The strong partnership with our A&DCC partner colleges and the Royal Air Force provides the students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to achieve their future career goals of joining the Royal Air Force or related industries.”