JOBS have been axed at Burton and South Derbyshire College – but the cut to the workforce has not been as severe as first feared.
Bosses confirmed 28 members of staff had been affected by the shake-up, which they say is necessary due to a £2 million budget cut, with four told to leave and a number of others also taking voluntary redundancy.
The college has not confirmed the exact number to have left, but said of the 28 some had remained in their jobs on reduced hours.
The Mail revealed in June that the college was considering redundancies, although unions had predicted as many as 100 jobs could go across the two campuses in Lichfield Street, Burton, and William Nadin Way, Swadlincote.
A college spokesman said chiefs had done everything in their power to keep job losses to a minimum. The latest cut comes after 33 jobs were axed last year.
The spokesman said: "Dramatic reductions in funding left us no option but to enter into consultation with staff.
"However, the college has taken this opportunity to seek views across the organisation on the best way forward and to develop strategies for ensuring that compulsory redundancy was kept to an absolute minimum."
The college reiterated that its hands had been tied by massive cuts in funding and was critical of the decision to slash what it is given.
The spokesman said: "While we have been able to keep the net effect of job losses low, we recognise the challenges that funding cuts bring to individuals directly affected and those in the wider organisation.
"Sadly, this situation has been replicated nationally as numerous colleges across the further education and skills sector have experienced significant reductions in recurrent funds, prompting measures to reduce headcount and overhead costs at a time when the UK economy needs skills development, through study programmes, apprenticeships and continued adult education, to thrive."