September 30th, 2016

Funding crisis putting pressure on college jobs

Updated: 12:01 pm, Jun 12, 2015

JOBS could be at risk at the town’s Heart of Worcestershire College due to a crisis in funding.

Budget cuts to further education, a decline in the number of school leavers and a lack of guidance about higher education routes were all blamed for potential staffing cuts at the Peakmen Street college.

The campus, which was formally NEW College along with a site in Bromsgrove, merged with Worcester College of Technology less than a year ago to form HoW College.

But since the move, rumours have circulated about cuts to both jobs and wages, while provision for construction, arts, hair and beauty, health and early years education is believed to have been slashed.

Recreation courses are also rumoured to be in the firing line.

A spokeswoman for the college said continued budget reductions in the Further Education Sector had forced colleges across the country to make efficiency savings.

“This year has been even more difficult due to the national 24 per cent cut to adult funding, a demographic decline in school leavers and a decrease in impartial advice and guidance available in schools.

“This has meant that colleges have had to work harder to maintain student numbers.

“While the merger has strengthened our position in many curriculum areas, we are still left to make the necessary savings by reducing our overall staffing costs.

“We will continue to deliver high quality provision for all our learners and we recognise that it is the commitment of our staff that enables this to happen.”

She added that as part of a curriculum review they would be offering courses which reflect demand and government priorities and will be offering new adult community courses.