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Air & Defence College Students Welcomed and Enrolled at Matriculation Ceremony

Held at the poignant International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln, Air & Defence College students from Stamford, Peterborough, Lincoln and Newark, were officially welcomed at a formal matriculation ceremony earlier this week.

Each new student was welcomed and invited on stage for a formal initiation by Ross Tarnowski, Head of Learning and Skills for Engineering and Technology at Lincoln College, and guest of honour Air Cdre Simon Harper OBE MA RAF. 

Air Cdre Simon Harper OBE MA RAF said: “The RAF partnership with the Air and Defence College and the International Air and Space Training Institute is something we are extremely proud to support and encourage as it grows.

“The opportunities for those entering the Aerospace industry are significant, and the students will benefit hugely from the courses run by the Colleges.

“We have already seen successful joiners start their career with the Royal Air Force, and we look forward to seeing many more in the future along with our many partners.

“The variety of roles in the Royal Air Force is extensive and provide an interesting and rewarding array of future opportunities and personal development at the cutting edge of air and space power.”

Since Air and Defence College launched five years ago, over 500 students have graduated from the host colleges and benefitted from the unique career development opportunities made available by the unique employer-led approach programme. The college has resulted in students taking places on RAF Basic Recruit Training, progression into apprenticeships, employment and further study for a career in the aerospace industry.