City College Norwich axing up to 87 jobs to close £2 million funding black hole

City College Norwich.

City College Norwich.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2008

City College Norwich today announced plans to make up to 87 members of staff redundant.

The Ipswich Road college, which has 993 staff, has launched a 32-day consultation with staff and unions over the plan to cut 48 teachers and 39 services staff.

It has also introduced an immediate recruitment freeze in a bid to “maximise the opportunities available for redeployment”.

Reduced government funding for further education means the college’s 2011-12 money is £2m down on the current year, leading to today’s announcement.

It is understood that the possible cuts were announced at meetings in the college this morning.

College principal Dick Palmer said: “The harsh reality of cuts in education funding mean that we have to cut our cloth accordingly. Regrettably this will mean a number of redundancies across the college.

“I am confident that by working with staff and the trade unions we can minimise the number of jobs that will eventually be lost. “This time last year we announced that around 80 posts were being placed at risk as part of our first wave of cost-cutting and a significantly lower number, 32 staff, were made redundant at the end of that process.”

He pledged to minimise the impact of the cutbacks on students’ learning, saying: “The college has a responsibility to our students, their parents, and the wider community, to ensure that we have a sustainable basis for delivering high quality further and higher education for Norfolk.

“We have worked hard to ensure that any impacts upon services to students are minimised. In spite of these challenges, we remain fully focused on sustaining our ambitions as outlined in our aspirational strategy: Delivering tomorrow’s people, tomorrow’s workforce (2009-2014).”

He said the college was redirecting some of its money to different areas where funding had fallen - including 16-18 courses, 14-16 provision, higher education provision and adult learning. And he said the college would also receive “significantly less funding” for extra-curricular enrichment and tutorial activities next year.

The college said a “major cost-saving restructure” announced last May, and now fully implemented, had helped to ensure that it wouldl not be withdrawing any courses on cost grounds.

A press release announcing the measures accepted that the cuts were “severe”.

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