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Jobs set to go at Burton and South Derbyshire College

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 11, 2014

Burton and South Derbyshire College

Burton and South Derbyshire College

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JOBS are set to be axed at Burton and South Derbyshire College as bosses desperately try to make up for a £2 million cut in funding, the Mail can reveal.

Workers across 13 departments, including teaching, at both its Burton and Swadlincote campuses have been told their jobs are under threat.

The college said it had been left with ‘no option’ but to consider redundancies after receiving confirmation Government funding would be slashed by more than £2 million next year.

It is not currently known how many people are set to be laid off, with bosses insisting nothing has yet been decided, but some workers look certain to lose their jobs after letters were sent out saying the college was ready to listen to offers for voluntary redundancy.

A letter sent to staff from Angela O’Neill, seen by the Mail, said: “Following the announcement made to staff on June 3, I write to confirm that the college is facing a potential redundancy situation.

“This is due to significant cuts in the college’s income, as a result of reductions in funding of more than £2 million.”

Departments facing potential redundancy at the sites, in Lichfield Street, Burton, and William Nadin Way, Swadlincote, include teaching, customer experience, learner services, marketing, human resources and estates.

A consultation period with staff is under way, with the picture set to become clearer at the end of the month.

The letter continued: “Over the next month, there will be a series of meetings that will form the consultation process.

“The college will consider all ways of avoiding compulsory redundancies. These include the offer of voluntary redundancy and all applications will be considered.

“If the college cannot find ways of avoiding redundancies then the consultation meetings will be completed by June 23, 2014.”

A college spokesman told the Mail: “It is regrettable that colleges across the Further Education sector are experiencing such significant reductions in funding.

“Reductions of this size leave us with no option but to enter into consultation. We are doing our utmost to reduce the impact of this loss of funding on our staff.

“This consultation is about us being transparent with our staff on the numbers involved and seeking their views on the best way forward”.

The spokesman added that as the consultation with staff was ongoing, ‘outcomes cannot be pre-empted’.

Bosses said ambitious plans to modernise the Burton town centre campus which were recently unveiled were unlikely to be affected by the funding shortfall.

Its involvement in the creation of a university technical college in the Burton Town Hall annex does not appeared to have changed either.

The spokesman added: “Building works are separately part-funded through Skills Funding Agency Capital monies which are restricted to the development of college estates only.”

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