The district currently has over 50 primary schools and 10 state secondary schools. Additional primary and secondary schools are in the pipeline, to serve the growing population.
As well as having eight independent schools, South Kesteven boasts a number of outstanding state schools, including some excellent secondary schools offering the Grammar school system (which requires 11+ entry exam). Our grammar and independent schools achieve consistently high attainment levels.
South Kesteven has six universities within an hour’s travel, and two Further Education Colleges in Grantham and Stamford are well established in the area. It continues to build on strong links to the University of Lincoln, Bishop Grosseteste University and University Centre Peterborough.
In 2019, a new University Technology and Innovation Centre is set to open in Grantham’s prestigious Cinema Quarter development. This ground-breaking partnership between the Council and the University of Lincoln was made possible thanks to a £2 million grant from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP).
To future-proof our great aspirations, we must develop, retain and attract the right talent. Giving companies the tools they need to progress increases prosperity and creates exciting opportunities for everyone.
High quality training provision and skills development is vital to sustain the district’s exciting economic growth. We’re working alongside other specialist agencies to focus on three key areas:
Even without our initiatives to boost the region’s skills, South Kesteven benefits from a diverse talent pool within the local workforce.
Consistently high attainment levels in its schools and the presence of two colleges in Grantham and Stamford provide a steady stream of capable, highly motivated candidates. And the district’s enviable connectivity ensures a wide catchment of talent from nearby cities.
This, combined with the proximity of six universities, ensures that employers in South Kesteven can recruit high calibre, work-ready employees straight from school, higher education and the wider labour market.
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We’ve recruited some of our radio frequency engineers and software engineers directly from university. As well as cultivating a great, collaborative relationship with local universities, colleges and schools, we have a STEM ambassador, who works with local schools to promote engineering and the sciences. By forging relationships with organisations where there’s emerging capability, we hope that they become ‘feeders’ for local talent, which will be vital to our future success.
Danny Milligan, Managing Director, Park Air Systems