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Careers, Personal & Professional Development

Nurturing professional development

Through the Personal and Professional Development and Aspire Programmes, our extensive careers provision, and proven skills initiatives, we’re equipping students with everything they need for life after Franklin.  

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How we develop your skills

Students at Franklin thrive during their time with us.

Alongside your studies, you'll complete a Personal and Professional Development Programme.

It's designed to support our Study Programme and fulfil your aspirations for learning, employment, and independence during your time at Franklin.

You can choose from over 70 academies, clubs, and societies, spanning across our Personal and Professional Programmes.



Franklin is highly effective at meeting the local, regional, and national skills agenda

Working with key local employers and stakeholders within the region, we developed our nationally recognised Centre for Professional Development (CfPD), a unique approach to brokering the match between employer needs and the skills of talented local young people.

Within CfPD sits our Franklin Professionals Programmes, which is centered around the local skills and regional priority sectors.

These include our award-winning Career Academy, offering career pathways for students interested in business & logistics, STEM, health & social care, and law.

How Franklin responds to the local area needs

Franklin works with the local and regional business community to understand and address the needs of the local area with input from the Greater Lincolnshire and Rutland LSIP. This allows us to identify and work towards key areas of skills development requirements, these include:

  • Work Readiness and Essential Skills Action
  • Digitisation and Smarter Working
  • Decarbonisation and Green Skills

Franklin is working in partnership with local providers who are in receipt of the third round of Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF). Working together to deliver projects linked to the skills development areas noted above, as referenced in our Accountability Statement. 

In response to changes needed in the local area to make education more aligned to Local Labour Market needs and the skills needed to support local economic growth, a new ten-week initiative has been developed with The Business Hive, Grimsby. This exciting employer-led programme focuses on building character, knowledge, and skills that will develop confidence, communication and enable our students to raise their aspirations and to have the best start towards their employment journey.

Recent additions to our Franklin Professional Programme include our Allied Health and Mental Health Academies in partnership with Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospital, Care Plus Group, and Navigo. Plus, our Social Work Academy working in partnership with North East Lincs Council and the University of Hull. With strategic intent to retain talent locally and address key priority sectors and to support students wanting to secure local employment.

Franklin Sixth Form College continually works with local organisations to ensure we meet the skills needs of employers and stakeholders within the local, regional, and national economy by offering curriculum and wider opportunities outside of the classroom through our extensive Personal and Professional Development Programmes .

Working with students, we nurture their natural ambitions, develop their expanding abilities, and support the growth of vital interpersonal and communication skills.

At the same time, we build aspirations. We’re dedicated to helping students transform their lives, put their career plans into action, and achieve their best possible futures.

Learning doesn’t stop when you leave the classroom.  

National Apprenticeship Week 2024

We offer a variety of opportunities for students to gain a better understanding of apprenticeships. Read about our highlights from this week here.

National Careers Week 2024

During National Careers Week, we hosted our much-anticipated STEM Conference welcoming 15 local schools, 250 Y10 students to Franklin read about our fantastic event here.

Franklin's Annual STEM, Careers & Progression Event

At Franklin, we annually host our nationally recognised Careers and Progression Evening. This evening carries on from our Annual STEM Conference & Exhibition, this year which was supported by our partners at RWE. This is a fantastic day welcomed over 1,690 students, 90 exhibitors with 25 interactive talks, 15 partners schools and families. You can read more about this event here.

National Work Experience Week 2024

We took part in the UK-wide initiative, helping young people gain first-hand experience in a variety of different careers. Read about our highlights from this week here.

Franklin Students sweep the board at local SEND Awards event!

Find out more about this fantastic news story here.

Skills Strategy and local priorities headlines include: :

  • 580 students have participated and progressed to positive destinations on the Career Ready programme
  • 359 unique employers have supported the programme with our most recent intake of mentors supported by 23 ex-Franklin Career Ready students
  • Over 95% of our student's progress onto positive destinations
  • Working with over 200 employers and universities to provide a curriculum that is relevant to local employment opportunities and supports local skills priorities
  • More than 150 work experience opportunities available
  • 91% Level 2 students attended work experience placement in the community
  • Supported at a strategic level by an Enterprise Advisor from Forrester Boyd
  • New for September 2023 our Mental Health Academy in partnership with Navigo

Find out more

At Franklin, our fantastic teams work together seamlessly to support student throughout their journey with us and beyond.

Find out more about how the Aspire, CfPD, and Enrichment Teams work through an integrated approach to provide opportunities for Franklin students to change their world.

Read all about our nationally recognised Regional STEM Conference and Exhibition for Lincolnshire, in partnership with the University of Hull. 

Read all about our nationally recognised Careers & Progression Evening here.