Air Vice Marshal Andrew Turner

One of the highest ranking officers in the Royal Air Force has visited Lincoln College International.

Air Vice Marshal Andrew Turner visited the Technical Trainers' College (TTC) in Riyadh last week to tour the campus and meet with students and staff.

AVM Turner was hosted by LCI's General Manager, Scott Upton, as he took in the facilities and addressed students and staff.

The AVM was on official business in the Kingdom, but after conducting the official opening of the Lincoln College Group's Air & Defence Career College in Lincoln in September, he was keen to take a look at LCI's training capabilities abroad.

Mr Upton said: "It was a real honour to receive AVM Turner at the College. His visit created a real buzz and it was great to hear his thoughts on the importance of linking training to the needs of employers and how universities and colleges have a vital role to play in meeting regional and national skills gaps.

"He spoke of the value of the Career College model in Lincolnshire and it's something we're exploring developing over here.

"Our students and staff were honoured and inspired by his words and enthusiasm for the work we are doing our here."

Lincoln College International (LCI), part of LCG, took control of Riyadh Technical Trainers College after winning a bid against a number of training providers over summer. The  TTC can train up to 2,000 mechanical, electrical  and information communications technology students at any one time.

LCI already manages the Qatief Female College in Saudi Arabia, which currently teaches just over 2,000 students English and vocational subjects.

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