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T Levels are an alternative to A Levels, apprenticeships and other 16-19 courses. Students will spend 80% of their course in the classroom learning the skills that employers need, and the other 20% in a meaningful industry placement putting those skills in action. 

The Department of Education recently launched T Levels to provide students with valuable experience in the workplace and allow employers to get early sight of new talent in their industry. 

UTC Principal, John Morrison, said: “As a university technical college we already have a significant number of employer partners involved in the delivery of our curriculum, which makes us uniquely well positioned to deliver the T Level qualification. 

“UTC students in all year groups are provided with the opportunity for work experience every year, and many of our Level 3 BTEC engineers also choose to complete a longer industrial placement in parallel with their studies. 

“The large majority of our alumni that have now secured apprenticeships did so as a direct consequence of the relationships they formed with these employers whilst students at the UTC, and we hope that our T Level graduates will continue this trend.”

A limited number of places are still available at the UTC for Post-16 study starting in September 2021. Applications for the September 2022 T Level course will open later this year. For more information visit www.lincolnutc.co.uk or email [email protected].

Independent Lincoln estate agent Taylor Walsh moved into their new offices on Silver Street this month as the local property market is booming.

Darren Beckett, managing director, said people selling their homes were now getting lots of offers due to a shortage of properties on the market.

Darren upsized to a modern new office on Silver Street after a move from the Bailgate, and told The Lincolnite: “Apart from the first lockdown, we’ve been fortunate to stay open – the market has been quite resilient, it’s not slowing down.

“The lack of properties coming to market has created an intensity, there’s double or treble the number of buyers for every property.

“If clients want to sell properties, it’s a good time. Most homes are going for the asking price or above.

“A lot of properties are getting sold prior to coming to market. People who have registered interest with us have seen it before it goes on Rightmove. It’s frustrating for people who haven’t registered.”

Darren Beckett has an impressive 21 years of experience in the Lincoln housing market. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

People are also moving to Lincoln from other parts of the country.

Darren told The Lincolnite: “People can sell an average three or four-bed house for £1m in the south and come up here and buy the same quality of house for £300,000 to £400,000 – and have a better quality of life.

“The quiet pace of life is attracting people. It’s good for Lincoln, it fuels new development.”

Taylor Walsh’s striking stag logo adorns the front of the new office. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Darren said the new Lincoln Eastern bypass had made it easier for people to drive to and from the city, pushing up house prices in other parts of the county as well.

But he said the area was still very affordable compared with other parts of the UK – and that it was a great place to buy a house, with a growing economy and plenty of city centre investment.

Taylor Walsh specialises in sales and lettings and has had a base in Lincoln for the past four years. The company has also expanded its team with two new members of staff.

A recent expansion means Taylor Walsh now employs six staff. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Darren, who has 21 years experience in the Lincoln property market, said: “Being here on Silver Street, we’ve noticed a huge amount of difference in the number of people coming into the shop – it’s more convenient for people.”

Taylor Walsh has another office in Milton Keynes, run by founder Jamie Walsh, who set up six years ago and named the business after his daughter, Taylor.

Between them, Darren and Jamie have more than 40 years’ estate agency experience. You can call the Lincoln office on 01522 404040.

The Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub announced the return of the Peer Networks programme for small-to-medium-sized businesses.

The national peer-to-peer scheme, delivered locally by the Growth Hub, brings together diverse cohorts of Greater Lincolnshire and Rutland businesses to work together on solving the common issues their businesses face.

After a successful run in 2020, the scheme is back to help more SMEs to build local support networks and prepare their business for future success.

The Growth Hub’s expert facilitators will guide each cohort as they collaborate, providing participants with the opportunity to create a trusted support network that works for them.

The scheme encourages businesses to share their knowledge in a safe space, so they are prepared when presented with future opportunities or external challenges.

Each peer network includes interactive and action learning, hosted by trusted sources. The opportunity to join forces and discuss challenges and gain valuable feedback from similar businesses will help SMEs to implement practical solutions, improving their overall personal and business performance.

The Peer Network cohorts will focus on sector-specific networks, including:

  • High Growth
  • Manufacturing
  • General
  • Rural
  • Visitor Economy
  • Charities
  • Health and Care
  • Agriculture

Each cohort will be made up of between eight and 11 SME business leaders and decision-makers, all who have an aspiration to take their business to the next level.

To join the Peer Network programme, each company must be an SME with at least five employees, be in operation for at least one year, and have a turnover of at least £100,000. A desire to scale up will put the business in good stead to make the most out of the groups.

Darren Joint, Managing Director of Viking Signs, said: The Peer Networks programme has been a fantastic way to connect with more Lincolnshire manufacturing businesses like ours.” 

He added: “I’ve made trusted connections and enjoyed the experience of learning from my peers and boosting my business in the long-term.”

Samantha Harrison, Head of the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub, said: “It’s a difficult time for businesses, with owners and decision-makers facing a multitude of challenges.

“By taking part in the Peer Networks programme, businesses will be joining a trusted support network – one that will help them to overcome these challenges, grasp opportunities and improve their personal and business performance.”

If you’d like to apply to join the Peer Networks programme, visit the Business Lincolnshire website to find out more: www.businesslincolnshire.com. Or, email [email protected] to express an interest.

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