2022 celebrated the end of the hugely successful Single Local Growth Fund programme. LEP projects and programmes have delivered economic growth now for over a decade. In that time, we have secured £400m of investment for projects in Greater Lincolnshire and have delivered 75 growth projects and programmes.  

Together with our many local partners we have made great progress in raising the aspiration and profile of our collective economic ambitions for our diverse, resilient, and remarkable location. Our congratulations and thanks are extended to everyone involved in these varied and challenging projects and programmes, who in partnership with the LEP, are delivering considerable economic impact across our area. 

Boston College’s new Digital, Transport and Logistic Academy is a multi-functional national training centre. It provides skills training for Greater Lincolnshire’s established logistics and transportation industry with a focus on digital innovation and technologies for the future.  

The Greater Lincolnshire LEP contributed £2.45 million to the project through the Single Local Growth Fund. The project was completed in partnership with Network Rail, Victoria Group, Hire Association Europe and the Construction Plant-hire Association. 

The academy’s facilities include a transport workshop, computer rooms holding industry standard equipment, a driving simulator, HGV and electric/hybrid training rigs, and modern smart technology throughout the building. 

Pat Doody, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, said: “The UK’s transport and logistics activities employ over 2.2 million people, and this new centre will help support local, national and international supply chains across the sector and generate career progression in the highly skilled digital economy. 

“With our £2.45m skills capital grant contribution, the LEP is proud to have enabled the development of this amazing facility in Boston, which will provide much needed industry standard training and a progressive skills pathway from Level 1 to Level 5.” 

The academy officially opened in May 2022 and a variety of transport and logistics courses are now being taught at the centre. Boston College is working with local employers and industry partners to develop a curriculum for new courses, focusing on the needs of the industry both locally and nationally. 

Boston College Principal and Chief Executive Claire Foster said: “Our learners at Boston College are already thriving in this new statement space. 

“The world-class learning environment and equipment are a significant investment supported by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, providing critical technical and professional skills needed by our employers and our economy.” 

You can find out more about the Digital Transport and Logisitics Academy here. For more information about the Greater Lincolnshire LEP’s Single Local Growth Fund projects, click here.