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.



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, Math’s and work experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or employment.

For more information on traineeships visit: www.gov.uk/find-traineeship


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: www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide


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.

West Lindsey Employment & 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:

  • West Lindsey District Council
  • LAGAT (Lincoln & Gainsborough Adult Training)
  • Lincoln & Gainsborough College
  • ACIS Housing
  • CLIP (Community Learning In Partnership)
  • Riverside Training
  • Department for Work & Pensions (DWP)
  • Bishop Burton College – Showground Campus
  • Education Business Partnership
  • Princes Trust
  • Bishop Grosseteste University
  • Voluntary Centre Services

For more information about the West Lindsey Skills Partnership please contact the Growth Team at West Lindsey District Council - growth@west-lindsey.gov.uk

Made in Gainsborough – Engineering Apprenticeship Programme

Engineering firms who are passionate about developing people have come together to form Made in Gainsborough, to promote the benefits of apprenticeships within the industry.  Firms include:

  • A.M.P Rose
  • Eminox
  • Regal Manufacturing Ltd
  • Wefco
  • Trepko (UK) Ltd
  • Hooton Engineering Ltd
  • Clean Tech

The Engineering Consortium have agreed to provide an annual number of Apprenticeship opportunities. Each company within the consortium has pledged to offer 2-3 Apprenticeships per year for the next 3-5 years.  

For a copy of the Made in Gainsborough Engineering brochure please contact the Growth Team at West Lindsey District Council - growth@west-lindsey.gov.uk

The consortium are working in partnership with the Lincoln College Group to develop the 2-3 year Apprenticeship Programme that will be open to anyone over the age of 16.

In year one apprentices will develop their general engineering knowledge, predominantly at Gainsborough College in an environment that reflects real-life industry settings.

For more information on course details and how to apply please contact Lincoln College Group:

Course Enquiries: 030 030 32435
General enquiries: 01522 876000
email: emailenquiries@lincolncollege.ac.uk
or visit: www.lincolncollege.ac.uk/madeingainsborough

Growth Team

West Lindsey District Council
Guildhall, Marshall's Yard
DN21 2NA

Email:  growth@west-lindsey.gov.uk