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Lincoln Award Plus

Lincoln Award Plus LogoThe Lincoln Award Plus is our new framework designed to support final year undergraduate students and postgraduate students who have already completed the Lincoln Award, to take their learning and development to the next level.

Based on student feedback and employer insight, this programme has been created to maximise preparation for the labour market and the workplace. Students will develop experience and skills to utilise throughout their career and receive vital tools to enable reflection, development, and lifelong learning.

Award Structure

Click the button below to see an accessible, printable pdf version of the structure. Lincoln Award Plus Structure PDF document

What’s involved?

Lincoln Award Plus has been developed and funded by Careers & Employability.  On this programme students will;

  • Work with specialists to understand their strengths
  • Develop commercial awareness through experiential learning
  • Enhance their digital skills
  • Gain real insight into the psychology of potential employers, colleagues, and themselves

You can see full details about each aspect of the programme further down on this page

We have 30 places available for students and the programme will run March-June 2021 with activities running simultaneously.  The total time commitment is 40 hours and will involve an average of 3 hours a week total activity.

You will be able to book activities and monitor progress on your Lincoln Award Plus digital pathway on CareerLinc.

Why should I do Lincoln Award Plus?

By completing the Lincoln Award, you should now have a good understanding of employability skills and feel confident articulating your experience to employers.  Lincoln Award Plus will build on this learning and take your understanding and skills to the next level.  By focussing on the skill groups rising in prominence amongst employers globally you will be in the very best position to start your career.  The Future of Jobs Survey 2020 conducted by the World Economic Forum highlights the emerging employer demand for skills such as critical thinking and analysis, as well as skills in self-management such as active learning, resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility.  This programme has been designed to meet the needs of the current and future labour market and support you in navigating your future career.

How do I sign up?

Places are limited to 30 and are for current Undergraduate final year students or current Postgraduate students who have already completed the Lincoln Award.

To apply for a place please email us with the following details;

  • Your name/student ID
  • How you feel you would benefit from completing this programme

Closing date: Wednesday 3rd March

Email the Lincoln Award Team to Apply

You will be notified of the selection Thursday 4th March.  All students selected will be invited to an induction event to receive full details. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Activity information 

Click the drop down headings below to see detailed information about the activities involved. 

Strengths Profile

When we use our strengths, research tells us we’re happier, engaged, and more likely to achieve our goals. Knowing your strengths helps you to focus on the tasks you do well and enjoy, and the benefits are backed by research. It won’t just benefit you, but the people, teams, and organisations you work with.

By using the Strengths Profile tool, you will understand, appreciate, and develop your own and others’ strengths. Your unique Profile will reveal what you perform well at and what energises you, together with your career suggestions giving you the ability to achieve great things.

You will take an online assessment that provides your Strengths Profile, revealing your realised and unrealised strengths, learned behaviours, and weaknesses.

You will attend an online follow-up workshop to support you to explore your results and plan for the future.  This workshop will be bookable on your digital pathway.

Life Skills

Life skills are the abilities and behaviours that help you deal effectively with the events and challenges of everyday life. They are the skills that allow you to handle everything from interactions with others to identifying and processing your emotions.  People with strong life skills are considered to have maturity and professionalism.  Life skills are always close to the top of the graduate recruiter’s wishlist!

Specialist trainers will deliver a bespoke programme of workshops designed to offer the very best preparation for starting your career.  These 2-hour group sessions will run online weekly from 15th March 2021, for 7 weeks. These sessions will be interactive and will include a mixture of facilitator input, group discussions, co-coaching, and individual reflection.  Students will be provided with an interactive workbook for each session.

The programme includes:

Understanding Behaviours and Giving Feedback

  • Understanding our behavioural drivers and their impact.
  • Developing our emotional intelligence for building great relationships
  • Practising giving and receiving feedback using a structured approach

 Managing Stress and Building Resilience

  • Understanding what causes stress, using the stress container model
  • Developing helpful coping strategies to build resilience
  • Recognising the importance of self-care and developing tools and techniques to support our own wellbeing

 Communicating/Presenting with Impact

  • Four dimensions of clear presentation and communication:
    • Structuring a clear message
    • Delivering with clarity
    • Delivering with confidence
    • Engaging my audience.
  • The content will relate both to giving formal presentations and making a case/presenting an argument in interviews and meetings.

Influencing and Engaging Others

  • Building personal insight into how best to engage others, building trust and rapport
  • Enhancing skills to become more confident in influencing others without being perceived as manipulative or pushy
  • Understanding your typical influencing behaviours and their associated strengths and liabilities.

 Managing Conflict

  • Enhancing skills to become more confident and competent in approaching and handling conflict situations
  • Approaching difficult conversations constructively
  • Identifying practical ways to manage anger/unhelpful emotional responses in yourself and others. 

Workplace Ethics/Diversity and Inclusion

  • Understanding diversity and inclusion, preconceptions and their impact, and our roles and responsibilities
  •  Overview of the Equality Act 2010 and what it means in the workplace
  • Examples of what may be viewed as unacceptable behaviour; practical options for resolving issues and where to go for support.

 Managing Your Development and Career

  • Hints and tips for taking ownership of your personal and career development
  • How to make best use of your strengths and interests in developing your career
  • Building and making the most of your networks to help you to develop yourself and your career.

All modules will be interactive and will be a mixture of facilitator input, group discussions, co-coaching and individual reflection.  Delegates will be provided with an interactive workbook for each module. The workbooks will include details of the content covered and space for delegates to make notes and to complete the various exercises.  The workbooks will be designed so that they can either be typed into on screen or printed out and completed as a hard copy.

Commercial Awareness Project

Commercial awareness is about knowing how a business or industry works and what makes a company tick. Showing that you understand what the organisation wants to achieve through its products and services, and how it competes in its marketplace. In any industry commercial awareness usually comes out as one of the top skills employers seek from graduates.

Our partner Pearsons will provide this experiential learning experience.  This activity can be taken at your own pace between March- June and will be a 12-16 hour time commitment.  The examples and activities in this course have been co-designed with key organisations to ensure you develop real-world skills and experience relevant to employers.

A summary of the activity involved, with a focus on commercial awareness

Learn It

Online learning course to get a better understanding of fundamental concepts, techniques, and ways of working from industry experts and leaders in the field.

Try It

Explore ways to apply what you’ve learned in practice scenarios co-designed with corporate partners to mimic authentic business cases.

  • A practice task
  • Submit for a mentor review

Use It

Complete a real-world project and work with your mentor to refine your skills and tactics.

Skills you will develop:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Financial Awareness
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Commercial and Business Acumen

How will it benefit you?:

  • Relevant Experience
  • Hands-on practice with employer-endorsed projects
  • Dedicated 1:1 support from a seasoned expert personal mentor
  • Critical Resources in the form of videos, real-world examples and key reference documents
  • Testimonials and/or work samples to showcase your demonstrated skills in applications and interviews

Digital Skills

According to job market analytics 83% of graduate jobs require digital skills.

This section of the award is flexible, and we will support you in upskilling generally or focussing your efforts on a particular area.  This learning will be flexible, online, and self-directed so you can access and learn to suit your circumstances.  For Lincoln Award Plus you must complete a minimum of 5 hours but many of our recommended courses will enable you to take your learning further and, in some cases, gain accreditation for your work.  We will share with you our recommended digital course list and be on hand to support your choice and learning.


If you need any more information on the Lincoln Award Plus, please get in touch. Email the Lincoln Award Team