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Jobs to go at Stafford College as a £1 million funding cut leaves the site forced to shed staff

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 05, 2014

Jobs to go at Stafford College as a £1 million funding cut leaves the site forced to shed staff

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JOBS are to go as cash-strapped Stafford College moves to balance the books after a £1 million budget cut.

A total of 69 workers are facing the axe, with many of the big cuts likely to come from senior management.

Administrative roles are also up for review.

It is hoped at least half of the jobs will go voluntarily but it means the other half will have to come through compulsory redundancy.

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The proposals are out for consultation now for staff to raise issues and make suggestions.

The majority of the college's funding comes from central government but its budget for 2014/15 has been cut by just over £1million.

The college, which employs 630, is also looking at a range of other things to raise funds, including extending opening hours at its Riverside restaurant, beauty salons and garage services. College sports facilities may also open to the public.

Principal Beverley Smith, who took over the helm at Stafford in February, said the college had also been reviewing courses and planned to look at a raft of improvements but there were no plans to make any cuts to them.

She said: "Most colleges nationally are facing these challenges as government cuts continue to impact on the further education sector.

"We are making every effort to reduce the need for compulsory job losses although some will be unavoidable. Our priority remains the provision of excellent teaching and superb support for achievement by our students. Senior management and administrative positions are therefore significant areas for review.

"The college remains at the heart of Stafford and is committed to meeting the educational needs of our community. We have no plans to close any courses and will continue to improve the quality of the learning experience for our students. We will also maintain investment in our facilities and resources to ensure that local people have access to the very best learning environment."

Ms Smith said all parts of the college had been given targets for income-generating activities, such as increasing the professional full-cost course offer for businesses and individuals.

The college is preparing to launch the Enterprise Lounge, working closely with Stafford and Stoke chambers of commerce to supply small businesses and students with skills.

She added: "We are utilising our wealth of resources such as our Teaching and Learning Centre to offer facilities to the business community. Our priority is to sustain and grow our services to support the community of Stafford, and establish real work environments for our students. We want our students to have a first-hand experience of the world of work, so they are employable, prepared and ready to be successful."

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