This is your hub for information all about the Institute of Technology in Lincolnshire. Here you can find useful information, resources and links to partner institutions across the county.  

What is the Institute of Technology?  

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.

Many of these programmes are designed to fill skills gaps across their local area. IoTs are dedicated to widening opportunities by offering flexible and affordable qualifications to learners of all ages. They offer a wide range of technical courses across sectors such as digital, advanced manufacturing, engineering and construction.

Where are the centres in Lincolnshire?  

The Lincolnshire Institute of Technology comprises of various partners across the Lincolnshire region.

The lead partner is the University of Lincoln, alongside centres across the county including Lincoln College, Grantham College and University Centre, Boston College, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, Bishop Burton College (Riseholme College), DN Colleges group (North Lindsey College), and Lincoln UTC. 

The Lincolnshire IoT is also supported by Bakkavor Plc, Olympus Automation Limited, alongside the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Siemens Energy UK, and CATCH. 

Lincolnshire Institute of Technology Centres

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Facilities 

National Centre for Food Manufacturing  

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) offers part-time study for food industry employees and innovation for businesses. The NCFM is a satellite campus of the University of Lincoln, situated in Holbeach in South Lincolnshire.   

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing is dedicated to helping food industry employees advance their careers. Part-time apprenticeships and distance-learning provision enables flexible study for those working across a range of areas, in consideration of busy schedules and family commitments. 

The NCFM is committed to helping the sector innovate, working with employers and partners towards this goal, aided by their partnership with leading equipment suppliers and outstanding specialist facilities, food factory, and cutting-edge automation. 

Courses

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. 

Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3) 

Higher Apprenticeships (Level 5) 

Foundation Degrees (Level 5) 

Undergraduate and Degree Apprenticeships (Level 6) 

How to apply

Contact the University of Lincoln for more information about how to apply via: ncfm@lincoln.ac.uk or on  01406 493000 

For foundation or undergraduate courses: Apply here 

University of Lincoln NCFM, Park Rd, Holbeach, Spalding PE12 7PT, https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/instituteoftechnology/  

Facilities 

Located in one of the college’s oldest buildings, the Grade II listed Gibney building, the IoT has been extensively refurbished and forms part of a unique collaboration between the college, University of Lincoln and a number of other Further Education providers across Greater Lincolnshire. 

 

The Lincoln College IoT has been designed to specialise in delivering higher technical education with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and includes the study of courses from Level 4 to Level 6, which include Electrical Engineering, Mobile, Web and Visualisation and Streaming services, Computer Automation, Internet of Things and Assistive Technology and hybrid vehicle maintenance courses for Automotive.   

The Gibney building is also home to the GLLEP-funded Professional Skills Centre, with state-of-the-art training facilities for areas including health and social care and digital sectors. 

Courses

Courses at Lincoln College follow a variety of pathways, they include: 

Automotive Engineering pathway: 

The Automotive Institute of Engineering focuses on the two themes driving new technology forward in this sector;

  • World Climate Change
  • Road Safety & Insurance Industry Recommendations

These two themes mean we are seeing Electric/Hybrid vehicles taking over from petrol/diesel internal combustion engines. In addition, Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) offer safety systems which are beginning to take the ownership of driving away from the actual driver.

High voltage vehicles along with radar, lidar and camera technology are changing the vehicle maintenance industry and demanding our workforce become up-skilled in the maintenance and repair of this rapidly expanding technology.

Therefore, at Lincoln College, they have invested heavily in resources and professional teachers to deliver the following courses;

  • IMI L4 Certificate in Advanced Automotive Studies – Your first step to become a Master Technician
  • IMI L2 and L3 Electric/Hybrid Vehicle courses to set the required safety standard.
  • IMI L4 Award in the Diagnosis, Testing and Repair of Electric/Hybrid Vehicles and Components
  • IMI Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) Calibration

Digital Pathway: 

The Digital economy has become an integral part of our country and facilitated the rapid growth of many digital businesses.  

College students will spend a significant time working with state of the art equipment in the facility, working alongside Risual and Microsoft, inspiring young people to enter the digital profession through one of the following pathways: 

  • HE Diploma; Mobile, Web, Virtualisation and Streaming Technologies 
  • HE Certificate; Computer Automation, Internet of Things Development 
  • BSc Degree; Computer Science 
  • HE Certificate; Digital Learning Design

Electrical Engineering pathway: 

IOT Electrical Engineering Courses Available:

  • BSc (Hons) Electrical Engineering (Control and Network Connected Devices) Level 6
  • BSc (Hons) Electrical Engineering (Production Automation) Level 6 
  • BSc (Hons) Electrical Engineering (Sustainable Energy) Level 6 

These programmes are aimed to develop engineers with a broad understanding of Electrical Engineering or Control Engineering applied to the current and emerging technologies and issues of the Electrical Power / Sustainable Energy sector, the Production Technology sector and the Control via connected devices sector. 

All three sectors include current and emerging technologies such as Electrical, electronic and control technologies, Internet of Things, Networking and Supervisor control. 

  • The Sustainable Energy sector will cover Conventional and Sustainable energy sources and energy distribution and usage and explore how these can be best monitored and managed by applying the broader generic technologies studies. 
  • The Production Technology sector will consider current Automation, Robotics system and small / rapid production and prototyping technologies and explore how these can be best monitored and managed by applying the boarder technologies studied 
  • The sector of Control and Network Connected Devices covers general control approaches alongside developments in Internet of Things and device networking and explore control and monitoring can be applied over a diverse range of connected devices. 

How to apply 

You can view the available courses via the link below, and you can find individual links to applications through your selected course.

View Courses

Simply select the course you are interested in and this should tell you all of the information you need including course fees and entry requirements. 

Lincoln College - Monks Rd, Lincoln, LN2 5HQ, https://www.lincolncollege.ac.uk/  

Facilities

Boston College's Institute of Technology is located within the main Rochford building. Facilities within the IOT include a graphic suite, electronic and robotics room, hydraulics and pneumatics training equipment, a university-level seminar room, STEM room and a digital technology suite.  

The College's Engineering, Manufacturing and Technology Centre (EMAT) also forms a part of the IOT, and includes facilities such as an innovation hub, engineering workshops, electronics laboratory, CAD/CAM suite, classrooms and a break-out space. Visit Boston College’s EMAT page for full information on the Centre. 

Boston College also houses a one-of-a-kind ABB Robotics Cell, the IRB 1100 - designed by ABB Robotics and adapted to be used as a training tool by Pelican Control Systems, the IRB 1100 is based within the College's EMAT Centre as part of the new Institute of Technology and will allow students to learn key skills, which can be transferred directly into the workplace. 

You can also hear ABB Robotics talk about working with Boston College in their podcast: 'Learning with Robots'. 

“The EMAT centre is currently home to 90 engineering students and apprentices across Level 2 to Level 5 courses as well as 33 motorsport engineering students, and since July 2021 the centre has directly engaged with 25 businesses, opening potential for careers in rural areas.” (Greater Lincolnshire LEP).

The centre also won an award in 2022 in the Greater Lincolnshire Construction and Property Awards alongside CPMG Architects under the category of Development Project Under £5 million.   

Courses

The Institute of Technology courses available at Boston College are: 

How to apply

You can create an account on the Boston College website to apply for courses. 

Boston College

For additional information, you can visit Boston College's Application FAQ's

Boston College - Skirbeck Rd, Boston, PE21 6JF, https://www.boston.ac.uk/ 

Facilities

Grantham College’s Institute of Technology (IoT) opened in November 2021 and sees the historic grade II-listed Stonebridge House converted into a state-of-the-art Engineering and Digital Skills hub. This building is steeped in history, with its origins as a country house, to a former police building and even a school building, Stonebridge House becomes the perfect blend of historic and modern design to house Grantham College’s IoT.  

The Institute of Technology at Grantham College focuses on Engineering, Digital and Science routes. Grantham College has a strong, well-established background in Engineering and welcomes the opportunity via the IoT to fill skills gaps in local industries. As the IoT will provide the latest innovative technologies to work with, the College is also putting on many new Digital courses.  

Industry-standard specialist equipment in the IoT includes robotics, laser cutters, 3D printers, and a VR lab. The new facility also showcases technology-themed artwork and installations by Grantham College’s very own HNC/D Arts Practice and Photography students.  

Grantham College IoT learners are given high-spec laptop loans for the duration of their studies, loaded with the latest industry software tools, to aid with their education. 

Courses

Courses at Grantham College IoT include:

Short courses (Online/Digital)

  • Introduction to Cyber Security (6 weeks)
  • Introduction to Cloud Computing (6 weeks)

Level 3 courses

  • Level 3 Computing
  • Level 3 Engineering

Level 4 and 5 courses

  • HNC Level 4 and 5; Manufacturing Engineering
  • HNC Level 4 and 5; Mechanical Engineering
  • HNC Level 4 and 5; Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • HNC Level 4 and 5; Computing with pathways in Software Development; Data Analysis; Web Design and Cyber Security
  • HNC Level 4 and 5 Cloud Computing
  • HNC Level 4 and 5 Digital Technologies
  • HNC Level 4 and 5 Applied Sciences (Biology)

Higher Level Apprenticeships

  • Standard; Higher Apprenticeship; Software Developer
  • Standard; Higher Apprenticeship; Data Analyst
  • Standard; Higher Apprenticeship; Engineering Manufacturing Technician
  • Standard; Higher Apprenticeship; Automation & Controls Technician

How to apply 

You can apply to courses at Grantham College via their website. 

Grantham College

For additional help you can email: enquiry@grantham.ac.uk

Grantham College - Stonebridge House, Stonebridge Rd, Grantham, NG31 9AP, https://www.grantham.ac.uk/ 

Facilities

Featured at Grimsby Institute for Further and Higher Education (GIFHE): New IT Design Studio, Digital Arts Lab, Cyber IT Lab, Multi-use IT and Engineering Robotics facility. 

GIFHE’s Institute of Technology offers a range of programmes including Digital and Technology Solutions, Mechanical Engineering, and Marine Engineering with the aim of providing employers with a skilled workforce and in turn providing students with a clear route to technical employment.  

Courses 

FdSc Digital & Technology Solutions* (Face-to-face study) 

HNC Mechanical Engineering 

HNC Marine Engineering 

HND Engineering 

FdSc Digital & Technology Solutions* (Online study) 

How to apply

Contact GIFHE via the following telephone number: 0800 315002

Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education - Grimsby Institute Nuns Corner, Grimsby, DN34 5BQ, https://grimsby.ac.uk/ 

Facilities

As part of the Lincolnshire IoT, North Lindsey College aims to have a strong focus on future skills for engineers and digital technology. The IoT will enable the University Campus North Lincolnshire (UCNL) to build on its existing reputation for engineering, developing programmes that will meet the needs of local and regional engineering manufacturers using Industry 4 and AI technology.

At North Lindsey College's UCNL, you will find that the Factory of the Future, Automation and Mechatronics laboratories offer an enriching experience that encompasses digital engineering technologies with industry 4.0

Courses

Courses at North Lindsey College include:

Engineering

Foundation Degree in Science (FdSc) Engineering (Automation)

Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Engineering (General Engineering)

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) Top up

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Engineering (Mechanical) Top up

Computing

Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computer Science

Construction

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction and the Built Environment

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Construction and the Built Environment (Construction Management)

How to apply

For Higher Education study - you will need to apply via UCAS. It is recommended that you make an enquiry with North Lindsey College first.

For assistance, contact enquiries@uncl.ac.uk.

DN Colleges Group (North Lindsey College) - Kingsway, Scunthorpe, DN17 1AJ, https://northlindsey.ac.uk/ 

Facilities 

The South side of the Lincoln UTC building is a stunning grade II listed structure. This is where students have a variety of learning areas and recreational spaces to eat, socialise and study.

The North side is an £8 million extension that was purpose built to provide modern facilities for Lincoln UTC specialisms of engineering and science. Lincoln UTC workshops and laboratories replicate those found in the workplace, and are furnished with a wide range of industry grade equipment.

Through their close relationship with the University of Lincoln students also have the opportunity to explore both subjects at research level within their state of the art facilities, starting their careers well ahead of their peers.

Courses

Courses available at Lincoln UTC IoT include:

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering (3 A Level equivalent) 

Students in KS5 can study triple engineering and work towards the Pearson Edexcel BTEC Engineering Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to three A Levels. For this vocational route there are fifteen lessons a week. Those following an A Level route of study can choose A Level Product Design as an option, and expect five lessons a week.

KS5 have the ability to work within the engineering department during non-contact time with a dedicated work room and supervised access to workshops. Class size is small compared to many colleges in the country and students will often receive additional one-to-one support.

  • T Level in Engineering 

Lincoln UTC is an approved centre for the first wave of T Levels starting in September 2022. T Level students will spend 80% of their course in the classroom, learning the skills that employers need. The other 20% will be a meaningful industry placement where students have the opportunity to put these skills into action. Lincoln UTC will be offering a T Level in engineering.   

How to apply

You can contact Lincoln UTC via email at admissions@lincolnutc.co.uk or on 01522 775990.

Lincoln UTC, Lindum Road, Lincoln, LN2 1PF, https://www.lincolnutc.co.uk/institute-of-technology  

Facilities 

Access to the latest cutting-edge agricultural technologies is available to students, at Riseholme College's Centre for Agri-Food Technology.

Riseholme College's IoT facilities will specialise in delivering higher-level technical skills to improve productivity, reduce skills gaps and support industry growth, with a £1.2m investment in their new Centre for Agri-Food Technology.

The new training facility including classrooms, dedicated workspaces, and precision farming technologies will enable students at Riseholme to experience the very latest techniques and equipment to transform food production and reduce emissions, pollution, waste and soil erosion.

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Courses

Courses at Riseholme College will include: 

Degree level courses:

College level courses:

Short courses:

"We are pleased to be offering FULLY FUNDED short courses to upskill agricultural workers, thanks to funding from In Work Skills." Find out more.

  • Agricultural Technology Data Handling and Communications
  • Agricultural Guidance Systems and Communication
  • Agricultural Robotics

How to apply

For Degree courses, you can apply online or via the UCAS website. 

Apply online

Showground Campus, Horncastle Lane, North Carlton, LN1 2ZR https://www.riseholme.ac.uk/ 

Employer Partners

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Bakkavor Plc – https://www.bakkavor.com 

Our purpose is to provide the high-quality food that fast-paced, modern living demands – allowing people to focus on what really matters.
The purpose of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP is to drive economic growth and to be the voice of the local business community, ensuring that the economic interests of the area are properly represented.

The GLLEP -

https://www.greaterlincolnshirelep.co.uk/

With our innovative technologies, clear focus on the needs of our customers, and more than 91,000 dedicated employees, we energise society. That’s our aim. That’s our purpose. Let’s make tomorrow different today!

David Talbot, Chief Executive Director of CATCH said:

CATCH is delighted to be supporting the University of Lincoln lead bid for an Institute of Technology within the region. The IoT will be a beacon in the drive for employer ownership of the higher level skills in the region and will work closely with the College and local employers to drive forward the concept into a reality.

Institutes of Technology

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