Lincoln College Group (LCG) executives joined new strategic partners in Riyadh to celebrate the Technical Trainers College Graduation.
The University of Hull will be working with LCG across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to provide additional post graduate engineering expertise.
Staff, including representatives from LCG’s female college in Qatief, celebrated the graduation of more than 100 engineering technology trainers earlier today
Guests of honour at the graduation included UK ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Simon Collis and representatives of the Saudi Technical and Vocational Training Corporation and the Saudi Colleges of Excellence.
The Group’s CEO Gary Headland, who is also a Midlands Engine Export Champion, said he was enormously proud of the students.
“It’s always a real privilege to celebrate the success of our students with their families and we are delighted to be joined by the University of Hull, who are now working with us in the Kingdom,” he said.
“Things are changing rapidly in Saudi, as signalled by the announcement this week regarding women drivers. It is great to witness significant cultural change and it shines a light on the relevance of our work at our female college in Qatief.
“Our work here is also an essential additional source of income to invest in training and education in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
“Significantly higher pass rates across A-levels, higher rates of literacy and numeracy for further education students and some of the best higher education student satisfaction and employability rates in Lincolnshire are evidence that this is benefitting our students in the UK. ”
University of Hull representative Prof Mark Lorch said: “We are delighted to be working with Lincoln College Group in Saudi Arabia, with our higher education and engineering experience adding significant value to the Group’s aim of contributing the the Saudi 2030 vision for a more open society.”
The TTC will shortly be relaunched as the Applied Engineering College and new Dean Prof Ken Hawick said he was excited about the opportunities ahead.
“We will be working closely with businesses out here embed LCG’s employer-led mission, creating great career opportunities for young people and plugging regional and national skills gaps,” he said.