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39 jobs at risk at Stoke-on-Trent College

39 office roles could be lost, as Stoke-on-Trent College says it is planning to restructure business support functions.

College leaders are currently consulting with unions on plans for the proposals, which will see up to 103 staff in business support roles reapplying for jobs created within the new ‘leaner’ structure.

It says as funding income falls, it needs to cuts £1.2m in staff costs to meet future financial challenges.

The equivalent of 39 full time roles are expected to be lost once the restructure is complete, with hopes that that the majority of these can be achieved through voluntary redundancies.

The College say front line teaching roles are not affected.

Making the announcement, Denise Brown, principal and chief executive at Stoke on Trent College, said: “Colleges up and down the country are experiencing financial pressures due to a number of factors, but primarily due to increased staffing and operating costs against reduced income. We are no different.

"Figures from the Association of Colleges show that over the last ten years, colleges have had to deal with an average funding cut of 30% and funding for adult education has been cut by 62% over the same period. Meanwhile, funding for students aged 16 to 18 has been cut by 8% in real terms since 2010.

“However, since 2017, the College has been working on its financial recovery and developing a strong and sustainable business plan. With the support of the Education and Skills Funding Agency, we have been successful in securing a substantial amount of funding from the Government’s Restructuring Facility to clear historical debt and provide the college with better financial security.

"However, the hard work continues. The College still needs a leaner, more responsive structure and must achieve savings of £1.2m in staffing costs in order to eradicate financial deficit in the coming years. Current projections show that if we don’t take action now to reduce staff costs, we will continue to go further back into deficit – we cannot allow that to happen.”

"Clearly, we have been incredibly fortunate to receive a substantial sum from the Government’s Restructuring Facility. We must now continue to use those funds responsibly, protect our position as a major employer in Stoke on Trent, and a major provider of education and training.

"We employ more than 500 people and so the predicted job losses represent less than 8% of our overall workforce. Nevertheless, this is a difficult and challenging process for us and our hardworking staff. We are committing to a transparent process and to supporting anyone affected as these decisions are made.”

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