MORE than 30 people have lost their jobs at Burton and South Derbyshire College, the Mail can reveal.
Bosses at the Lichfield Street-based campus confirmed that a total of 33 staff had been made redundant following a review, which included changes in the college’s curriculum and reductions in funding.
But the college also revealed it had created 18 new posts as part of the review.
Director of human resources Peter Wilkinson said: “Burton and South Derbyshire College is committed to providing the skills which business and industry need for their existing and future workforces, the learning which allows the talents of individuals to flourish and the support whic assists all parts of the community to prosper in a rapidly evolving age driven by technology and innovation at the centre of a global economy.
“The college, therefore, has an ongoing duty to monitor and review all aspects of the organisation, including the composition of its workforce, in line with changes to the curriculum and to the level of funding received to ensure that we remain positioned to deliver on these aims now and in the years ahead.
“This year we needed to make both cost savings and changes to the mix of skills that we required.
“Following consultation and communication with unions and college employees, this resulted in a total of 33 posts being made redundant and also the creation of 18 new posts.”
After news of redundancies at the college began to emerge, claims were also made that some people who had accepted redundancy had not yet received any payments.
Bosses from the college were quick to deny these rumours.
Mr Wilkinson added: “The college fulfilled all statutory obligations in terms of consultation and redundancy.”