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Providing opportunities for young people

Franklin College has been a proud and prominent part of North East Lincolnshire since 1990. We have always seen considerable value in engaging with our local community to provide opportunities for our young people.

Students and staff are currently involved with exciting projects in the local area within voluntary & charity work, community groups, dramatic performances, apprenticeships and work experience. Many Franklin students have the opportunity to work with local businesses through our career academy programme with several finding employment with their former mentors. Each week throughout term time our dedicated careers advisor organises a ‘professionals’ working lunch programme’ where local professional friends of the College come to speak to our students about their careers. 

Below are examples of the varied groups and businesses with whom we have rewarding relationships. We are always looking to offer further opportunities to our students and so are open to establish new reciprocal relationships.


Just Like Us

Women’s Aid

Humberside Police – Community cohesion officer & Hate crime unit

Communities together

NHS Give blood

Amnesty International

Grimsby Food Kitchen


Grimsby Hospital – Pink rose suite

Save the children

Comic relief

Help for heroes

Counting Hope - Counting Hope is a charitable organisation based in North East Lincolnshire which aims to empower people through education. This means that we provide people with the education and resources that they need to help themselves in order to work towards the relief of hardship and poverty.  Simply put we work with people rather than doing things for them. We’re currently starting to do this in a place called Sal Island, Cabo Verde but our hope is that in the future the people will no longer need our help and will keep improving on their own so that we can help somewhere else.

“Franklin College’s support for any charity is second to none and since our launch in October 2015, which the college facilitated, they have remained heavily involved in Counting Hope. Franklin are always willing to lend their support in any capacity whenever they can, and play a big part in some of the campaigns that we run. It is clear that they strongly believe in the values of Counting Hope, and not only do Franklin College support us as an organisation, they encourage their students to do so too. We look forward to collaborating on future projects that can only get bigger and better. We are very grateful for everything they do to help us”. Andy Greene – Counting Hope


Anthony Nolan

VANEL - Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire (VANEL) is a local charity who work with the voluntary and community sector. We have enjoyed a close working relationship with staff and students at Franklin over several years. We undertake regular drop in sessions for students to find out more about volunteering within their community and setting up their own community projects. Franklin students can also take the ‘Lincolnshire Volunteer Card’ with us, which is a 12 hour 6 unit course for students to learn useful skills for working and leading in the voluntary sector.  We have recently established IGNITE a young person’s project, led by young people for young people in NE Lincolnshire.

“Our relationship, led originally by Liz Drury at Franklin, has developed into a close supportive relationship which we hope benefits Franklin students and the wider community. As a forward looking organisation we see the value in young people and the need for them to lead, be heard and to develop and share their skills wider within their community. We are glad to be working closely with staff and students at Franklin”. Jenny Hodson VANEL


St Peter's CE Primary School – We have had a long standing relationship with St Peter’s school. We had a learning centre at the school from 2001 until 2013 delivering IT, English and maths classes to the local population. We have also had 5 apprentices at the school, four still on programme and one employed after the end of the apprenticeship.

Forrester Boyd Accountants – We have had four current apprentices at Forrester Boyd.  Three being taken on at the end of their programme and one progressed to a new job.

Bring Cargo – Business admin apprentice completed this year and went on to secure a permanent job at another Cargo company.

Springfield Primary Academy - Business admin apprentice currently on programme.

Navigo - One business admin apprentice, three IT apprentices, one H&SC apprentice and one accounting apprentice.  Two students completed ECDL IT qualification in 15/16.  Four students completed a L2 H&SC Diploma

World Cargo Services – One business admin apprentice just finished at this company (September 2016) and offered a permanent job.

Waltham Leas Pre School – One childcare apprentice currently on programme.

Haines Watts Accountants – One accounting apprentice just offered a permanent position.

Fastnet Fish – One business admin apprentice currently on programme.

Hops Travel - One business admin apprentice currently on programme.

Wiz Kids Nursery – One childcare apprentice.

Best Futures – One business admin apprentice, 1 supporting teaching and learning apprentice.

Precious Times Nursery – One childcare apprentice just been offered a permanent position.

Rock Foundation – One adult social care apprentice.

DKM Assessment – Six apprentices supporting teaching and learning apprentices currently on programme.

Queen Mary Academy – One childcare apprentice.

St Hugh's Hospital – private IT training for 40 staff carried out over the summer utilising college facilities.

Clugston Distribution is part of the Clugston Group of companies and offers UK wide quality supply chain solutions.  Clugston are a key Career Academy partner with one of the Directors chairing our Local Advisory Board for Franklin College Logistics Academy, whilst also mentoring one of our students.

Ramsden International are an award winning speciality wholesale exporter of British groceries.  They have been a Career Academy partner since 2015, offering mentoring and a position on our Local Advisory Board for Franklin College Logistics Academy.

GBA Global are market leaders in providing first class logistics services to motor manufacturers, shipping lines & the renewable sector.  They have been an instrumental partner in Franklin Logistics Academy offering mentoring and a position on the advisory board.

Phillips 66 have been a key Career Academy partner since 2010 providing mentors and summer internships for many Franklin students. They have also invited our Science & Engineering group for guided tours of their site and more recently arranged for our students to attend a selection process recruitment day, allowing the students to see what they could potentially face should they wish to work at Phillips 66.  In addition they have sent representatives of their organisation to our Franklin Professionals’ Working Lunch to cover a varied number of roles that they offer within their organisation.  Their Community Affairs Lead also chairs the Business and Law Local Advisory Board.

Forrester Boyd Group have been supporters of our Business Career Academy for a number of years, offering many mentors to our students.  They have also recruited circa 50 ex-Franklin College students within their business, some whom mentor our current students.

North East Lincolnshire Council are a key Career Academy business partner offering in excess of 25 student internships over the summer period and multiple mentors for both our business and law academy.  A number of key NELC personnel sit on our Local Advisory Board and assist in supporting our students with mock interviews and advice.

NAVIGO also offer a number of mentors across their organisation for both our business, law and health and social care academies.  They have supported us over the past four years offering internships to our students who have had a passion for working in the mental health sector.

Care Plus Group are key Career Academy business partners offering internships to a number of our students over the past 4 years, a wide range of mentors from across the various departments of their organisation and a member of staff sits on the Business and Law Local Board who is instrumental in promoting the academies to our new students.

Shoreline are keen supporters of the Career Academy programme, offering each year a number of internships to our students.  Feedback has been fabulous, with each year the quality of our students impressing their staff, amazing them with their capabilities.  They have also offered a number of mentors for our students and have representation on the Local Advisory Board.

NLAG – Grimsby Hospital are keen supporters and key business partners to the Health Career Academy.  Each year they take on circa 10 students to work in various wards finding out what it is really like to work in the health sector, giving our students invaluable experience that enables them to successfully apply to study medicine and health careers.  They also offer many mentors across their wards.

NEL – Clinical Commissioning Group are key business partners, offering not only mentors, internships but a position on our local advisory board.  They actively promote the academies to their staff and also to the various GP practices within North East Lincs.

Citizen Advice Bureau each year offer one of our students the chance to work with them on their internship, which has led each year to the students being taken on as volunteers which has helped a number of them when applying to study law at University, whilst also developing invaluable employability skills.

Wilkin Chapman are key business partners, offering many mentors and two solicitors who sit on our Business and Law Local Advisory Board.  They also offer student internships allowing our students to gain invaluable experience working in a very demanding law practice and regularly assist in helping our students with mock interviews.

Dong Energy have recently offered 3 of our students the opportunity to spend their summer internship working for their engineering and logistics department, developing key employability skills but also learning about such an exciting and growing industry sector. 

Dunlop Oil & Marine have over the last 3 years offered internships to our students allowing them to work on real challenging projects which has ultimately resulted in our students knowing the destination they wish to enter after college.

Novartis are keen supporters of the Franklin College Career Academies and have offered many mentors, site visits and tours plus representation on the Local Advisory Board.

Lyke is a recent Career Academy partner, offering an internship this summer to one our Logistics students and mentoring.  Director of the company, Andy Green is a recent Franklin College student who has set up his own business and in 2016 won the Chamber of Commerce, Franklin College Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Fluent Coaching have been partners to the Business Career Academy since inception, offering mentoring, training sessions to our students and representation on the Local Advisory Board.

The Business Hive - The College is a member of the Business Hive Club which provides meaningful, objective support to businesses as and when they need it.  This support helps business people to spend some time working 'on' the business rather than ‘in’ the business,  to seek out new ways to grow, improve performance, find new customers and help them succeed.

A representative of the college frequently attends the First Tuesday networking event at the Hive, which has proved a useful event for making contacts with local businesses that may be able to support our students in some way.

Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce - The core objectives of the Chamber are to help strengthen the local economy by supporting their members in their business endeavours. The Chamber has 2,000 members and affiliates, representing all types of businesses in the Humber region, which includes North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

The College has been a member for several years now, and college representatives often attend Chamber networking events, Expos and dinners.

One of our ex-students, Andy Green, won the Chamber’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award this year!


Association of Colleges

Humber LEP

Humber Teaching School



Forrester Boyd - Employees from Forrester Boyd also took part in the Franklin Professionals’ Working Lunch and have been a valued contributor giving talks on getting into accountancy at our Progression Evening fair for many years.

Wilkin Chapman - We had a great response from professionals within the legal profession working at this prestigious local firm who have also supported our Progression Evening over many years.

NHS Allied Health - The Allied Health Team were pivotal to the success of our Working Lunch venture which was launched during the last academic term.  We have several members of the team representing professions such as optometry, radiography, physiotherapy, podiatry and more enabling our students to gain an insight into these key roles.

HETA - The apprenticeship recruitment team are a valued contributor both to Franklin Professionals’ Working Lunch sessions and on Progression Evening.

Phillips 66 - Phillips 66 play a key role in the Careers in Chemistry talks on Progression Evening as well as contributing to the Professionals’ Working Lunch sessions.

Jacobs Engineering - We are pleased to be working with Jacobs Engineering this year;  they have offered two Working Lunch sessions; one on chartered engineering and one on human resources.

Ernst & Young

Price Waterhouse & Cooper


The Armed Forces


Associated British Ports

Pink Jacket Marketing Company


The Culture House – The Culture House is a leader in cultural delivery across North East Lincolnshire. The organisation specialises in delivering strategic arts programmes that raise the profile of the region, positively impact on place and provide a platform for local, regional and national artists and performers.

Charlotte Bowen who runs the Culture House has been working closely with Franklin over the last couple of years, helping us to write grant applications to the Arts Council, and inviting us to attend forums on increasing cultural activity in the area.

Last February half term we hosted a theatre production for children which Charlotte had brought to the region. It was very well received by those who saw it, and we hope to offer our theatre as a venue for Charlotte’s visiting companies again in future.

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre - Lincoln Performing Arts Centre recently brought their production of ‘Charandas Chor – The Honest Thief’ to Franklin. This touring production is part of a wider project to explore diversity in the Arts in rural Lincolnshire. Liz Drury attended a symposium on the subject which was held at the LPAC and assisted LPAC staff with collecting audience perception data after the performances in college.

Franklin College has a long history of working with local schools and academies. We take great pleasure in hosting events for local primary schools so that their students can have access to sessions and facilities they wouldn’t normally experience.

Each summer we invite local secondary schools to bring their Year 10 students into Franklin to take part in activities across a range of our departments. This time is intended to raise the aspirations of local young people before they leave school and to help refine which subjects they may like to take further at college.

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