Lincoln College Group secures £58m contract to run engineering school in Saudi Arabia

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Lincoln College Group (LCG) has secured a £58 million contract to run a higher education applied engineering college in Saudi Arabia.

The new three-year deal will enable additional development of the group’s employer-focused education and training in Saudi Arabia and at its UK campuses in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

This will support LCG’s goal of achieving excellence in education and training and producing a skilled and productive workforce for businesses at home and abroad to grow.

LCG secured the contract to run the Applied Engineering College (AEC), formerly known as the Technical Trainers College (TTC), after bidding against several international college and university groups.

The group is currently running the TTC, which has educated around 1,400 mechanical and communications technology teachers in Riyadh, at Bachelors degree level, for the last year.

LCG CEO and Midlands Engine Export Champion Gary Headland said: “I am often asked about why we have chosen to export education to Saudi Arabia and China.

“In the words of the Department of Industry and Trade, businesses that trade internationally are on average 34% more productive, 75% more innovative, undertake three-times as much research and development and are in general terms more resilient than businesses that do not trade.

“Winning this bid, which represents a huge amount of work from our team, reaffirms the importance of our mission.

“In Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Saudi and China, we are listening to employers and building training programmes to meet their needs.”