College of West Anglia jobs to be lost due to budget cuts

Outstanding Ofsted report for The College of West Anglia. Pictured: The College of West Anglia, King

Outstanding Ofsted report for The College of West Anglia. Pictured: The College of West Anglia, King's Lynn.PHOTO: IAN BURTCOPY:Chris HillFOR:EDP NewsEDP pics © 2007(01603)772434 - Credit: IAN BURT

Thirty jobs will be lost at the College of West Anglia in an attempt to cut back after a £4m drop in funding.

The college has said that the changes will affect both teaching and support staff roles as they look to cut the pay budget by £900,000.

Some of the reductions will be achieved by removing vacant posts and through voluntary redundancies. The college has said that the cuts will affect all of its campuses.

Principal David Pomfret said: 'Colleges across the country are currently faced with severe cuts to their funding, which invariably results in job losses.

'The College of West Anglia is already a lean and efficient organisation with a hard working and dedicated work force and we have had to make some very difficult decisions to further reduce costs whilst minimising the impact on our students and customers.

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'We had some very constructive feedback during the consultation period, which resulted in a number of changes to the original proposals.

'Some of these will require further consultation with relevant staff but I am confident that the decisions we have taken are the right ones to address the funding cuts and will have the least impact on our core business.'

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The cuts will impact a number of courses and management have confirmed that the college will no longer offer a low-recruiting furniture-making course in Wisbech and will cease to deliver horticulture programmes in Cambridge.

However, current level 3 horticulture students completing the first of a two-year programme will be able to complete the second year of their course at the campus.

The college has also confirmed its decision to decline a renewed contract from Cambridgeshire County Council to deliver the adult community learning programme in Fenland.

It has also been decided that a system of charged parking will operate on all campuses from 2014 and the college is currently looking into ways to implement this.

The college was founded as the King's Lynn Technical School in 1894. In 1973 it was renamed the Norfolk College of Arts and Technology before combining with the Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture & Horticulture in 1998.

In April 2006, the college merged with the Isle College in Wisbech to form the new enlarged College of West Anglia and now has more than 10,000 students and 800 staff.

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