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Education and training is important to us at Lincolnshire Co-op, a key part of our purpose is about developing people and building strength for the long term.

It means we provide education, training and information not only to our members and employees but also to our communities.

We have a number of colleagues who are qualified and experienced in delivering different lessons and information sessions in schools around our trading area.

We've also developed a range of resources to enhance your students' skills, raise their aspirations and inspire them. A taster of the sessions we deliver can be found on the relevant key stage page. Each lesson or talk can be tailored to suit the needs of the school.

Best of all, we deliver these sessions free of charge!

Enquire now – If you’d like to discuss any ways we can support your school or community group, please complete the online enquiry form or call 01522 544632.

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We're keen to share information with young learners about some of the topics that are important to us

Here's a list of the lessons and talks we deliver in primary schools:

  • Fairtrade – We believe in the principles of Fairtrade and our aim is to share these with young learners. This lesson looks at cost, value, growth, sustainability and working conditions in a fun way using games and quizzes.
  • Local produce - Students learn about our policy and commitment to local sourcing. The lesson looks at why and how we support local businesses and the benefits of doing this, by using maths skills to emphasise how using local suppliers cuts down food miles.
  • Healthy living – Looks at 5-a-day and portions in a fun and interactive way using an Eat Well Plate.

We're keen to share our knowledge and experience with students by making the learning experience practical, enabling students to apply skills to real life situations now and in the future

Below is a list of what we can offer your students:

  • Employability skills - Students receive tips and advice on applying for jobs and going for interviews.
  • Work experience - Pupils join us to find out what we're like to work for and learn about their chosen career path.
  • Careers presentations - Students learn about the opportunities available and career progression routes should they join us.
  • Curriculum supported sessions - We're happy to adapt our knowledge and experience to support students' curriculum needs.
  • Healthy lifestyle - Pupils learn the importance of staying healthy in a fun and interactive way.
  • Alcohol awareness - As an ethical retailer our aim is to promote responsible drinking. Students will learn about the dangers of drinking too much alcohol in a fun and interactive way. Some of the topics covered in these sessions include age restrictions, the law, how alcohol affects the body, binge drinking, irresponsible drinking and the dangers and consequences.

Many of these sessions can be adapted and delivered to 6th form students.

As well as helping you to equip your students with the skills they need, we can also help your school in the following ways:

Staff volunteering

If you have a project you need help to put in place our staff volunteering scheme might be able to help.

Community Champions

Raise funds for your school by becoming a Community Champion. Find out more about the Community Champions scheme and how you can apply.

Fundraising

If you need a prize for a raffle or school competition, contact your local Lincolnshire Co-op food store.

School governance

We have a number of colleagues who share their skills and knowledge by acting as school governors or trustees, so if you'd like to advertise a governor vacancy with us, drop us an email to education@lincolnshire.coop.

The Prince's Trust

Each year we deliver a four-week Get into Retail programme delivered in partnership with The Prince’s Trust.

Participants begin with a training week which equips them with the necessary knowledge and skills required for their three week placement in a Lincolnshire Co-op outlet, including two Level 1 qualifications in Food Hygiene and Responsible Alcohol Retailing.

Since 2015 over 150 people aged 16 to 30 have participated in eight rounds of the programme, with 48% of those finding jobs with Lincolnshire Co-op.

To find out more about the scheme and how to apply click here.


The Lincoln Science and Innovation Park and School of Pharmacy

We joined forces with the University of Lincoln to build a world-class science and innovation park off Tritton Road in Lincoln.

The first phase of its development saw the opening of the Joseph Banks Laboratories which houses the University of Lincoln’s School of Pharmacy.

Working closely with the School of Pharmacy is a mutually beneficial arrangement; at Lincolnshire Co-op we provide help, advice and work experience to students and career opportunities to graduates in our pharmacies. In return, the School of Pharmacy will offer continuous professional development for our pharmacists.

Find out more here.

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