College sheds 50 jobs in face of budget cuts

St Helens College Principal Jette Burford
St Helens College Principal Jette Burford
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More than 50 jobs are set to be axed at St Helens College after its government funding was dramatically cut.

Bosses at the town’s largest further education provider were landed with the devastating blow in the latest round of Whitehall spending cuts.

All of the axe-threatened posts are among the college’s backroom staff and do not including teaching staff.

Bosses won’t know how much money they stand to lose until September when their grant is calculated from the number of students enrolled.

However, the reduction will represent 15 per cent for each student aged 19 plus, and 17.5 per cent for students aged between 16 and 18.

College principal Dr Jette Burford said “Like many organisations, and indeed many other further education colleges, we are feeling the financial pressures of the time.

“It is with great regret that we must make this announcement but ensuring the financial stability of the college, in order to remain competitive in the fiercely competitive world of education, and to align the college’s skills set with new provisions, it is necessary to make these efficiency savings.

“We genuinely believe that this process, along with our strategic investment in the College, will secure our long term future, allowing us to deliver high quality education and training for generations to come.”

Consultations have begun with staff about savings that need to be made but hopes to achieve much of the required cost savings by voluntary requests for redundancy.

The college says the job losses will not affect students.