Employment and skills



We are committed to developing employment opportunities and skills levels across the district. We work with employers and local training providers to ensure the residents of West Lindsey have access to expert careers advice, job search support and assistance to gain the required skills and experience.

Support is available to help employers recruit staff and access to advice for enhancing the qualifications and performance of their workforce through a range of initiatives.

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A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

Designed to help young people aged 16 to 24 who don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience, traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, English, Maths and work experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or employment.

For more information on traineeships visit GOV.UK: traineeships.

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Combines practical training in a job with study. Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16. Apprentices can expect to:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • get time for study related to the role (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.

For more information apprenticeships visit GOV.UK: apprenticeship guide

Below are the key steps for an employer wishing to take on an Apprentice:

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Made in Gainsborough

An Engineering Apprenticeship Programme has been developed in collaboration with Gainsborough Engineering businesses, Gainsborough College and West Lindsey District Council.  The initiative provides a number of Apprenticeship opportunities with training and assessment delivered by the College. Employers such as AMP Rose and Eminox are participating in the project.

Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on the National Apprenticeship website and recruitment is managed by the College and the employers.

If you are an employer and would like to learn more about this initiative please contact the Communities Team: communities@west-lindsey.gov.uk

If you are an individual and would like more information about the employers involved in this project please see the Made in Gainsborough brochure [pdf / 5.6 MB].

 Course enquiries: 03003 032435
General enquiries: 01522 876000
Email: emailenquiries@lincolncollege.ac.uk
or visit Lincoln College's Made in Gainsborough webpage

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An internship is a period of work experience, offered by an organisation and usually lasting for a fixed/limited period of time. They are typically undertaken by students and graduates looking to gain relevant skills and experience in a particular field.

Employers frequently use these placements to assess a student's or graduate's capability and often recruit employees from their interns rather than advertising their vacancies externally.

Across West Lindsey there is an abundance of national and international businesses that are the leading industry experts in their sector and they offer a number of exciting career opportunities. 

West Lindsey District Council is working closely with businesses and higher education providers to showcase what is available to prospective graduates and those with higher education and skill levels. Some of our businesses have been at the forefront of technological advancement, skill progression and employee welfare.

If you are looking to take your career further and would like more information please see our Higher Skills Brochure [pdf / 6.3 MB].

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West Lindsey Employment and Skills Partnership

This partnership is made up of 12 organisation’s that work together voluntarily to improve skills and employment outcomes across the district.

The Partnership have developed and delivered a range of employment and skills activities to support employers and residents within the district.  An action plan has been developed in line with the Councils strategic priorities for the district.

The overarching purpose of the Employment & Skills Partnership is to act as the designated, time-limited, partnership body responsible for driving, overseeing and promoting all aspects of the delivery of the respective action plan, and achieving associated objectives.

The 12 organisations within the partnership include:

Riseholme College

Riseholme College website
Telephone: 01522 304600
Email: enquiries@riseholme.ac.uk

Riverside Training

Riverside Training website
Telephone: 01427 675814
Email: sean.brennan@acisgroup.co.uk

Futures For You

Futures For You website
Telephone: 0800 085 8520
Email: hello@futuresforyou.com

Community Learning in Partnership - CLiP

CLiP Learning website
Telephone: 01673 843489
Email: info@cliplearning.com

The Gainsborough Academy

The Gainsborough Academy website
Mrs. J. Philips, Assistant Principal/Careers Lead Telephone: 01427 612411

University of Lincoln

University of Lincoln website
Research and Enterprise Telephone: 0800 915 5278

Department for Work and Pensions

Department for Work and Pensions website
Benefit Enquiry Telephone: 0800 169 0310
Universal Credit Live Service Telephone: 0800 328 9344
Universal Credit Full Service Telephone: 0800 328 5644

Gainsborough College

Gainsborough College website*
Telephone: 01427 617471
Email: enquiries@gainsborough.ac.uk
*as part of The Lincoln College Group

Voluntary Centre Services

Voluntary Centre Services website
Telephone: 01427 613470
Email: lorraine@voluntarycentreservices.org.uk

West Lindsey District Council

Telephone: 01427 676676
Email: communities@west-lindsey.gov.uk

Bishop Grosseteste University

Trinity Foundation

For more information about the West Lindsey Skills Partnership please contact the Communities Team: communities@west-lindsey.gov.uk

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Local place, employment and skills dynamics, data and insights report

November 2023

Skills Reach, a Lincolnshire-based skills consultancy, was commissioned by West Lindsey District Council to undertake a skills study providing a detailed picture of the local skills landscape, with a particular focus on the balance between skills demand, supply, and local skills provision available in, or accessible from, West Lindsey.

The study provides a sound evidence base on which partners, training providers, businesses, and investors can base decisions regarding employment and skills moving forward. It includes detailed sections on Employer, People, and Skills Infrastructure plus a more detailed focus on local priority sectors.

The process has involved considerable data analysis from national and local sources, plus ‘skills conversations’ with around 90 local stakeholders – including large and small employers, sector groups, education and skills providers, and community organisations.

If you would like to obtain specific data from this report in an alternative format, please contact Amanda Bouttell on the Communities Team – communities@west-lindsey.gov.uk

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contact | Communities Team
Housing and Communities Team

West Lindsey District Council
Marshall’s Yard
DN21 2NA
United Kingdom