EXCLUSIVE: 50 jobs to go at Kirklees College

EXCLUSIVE: 50 jobs to go at Kirklees College

A COLLEGE which has a campus in Dewsbury is getting rid of 50 staff as part of a cost-cutting strategy.

There are expected to be around 50 job losses across all Kirklees College centres after it was issued with a notice to improve its finances in November.

College chiefs had until the beginning of this year to revise a financial recovery plan after applying for help from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (EFSA).

College principal Marie Gilluley said: “Kirklees College is working on a recovery plan in response to recommendations from the FE Commissioner with regards to the organisation’s finances.

“In November, the college was issued with a financial notice to improve from the EFSA.

“Details of the recovery plan have been shared with staff and union members. The college will look to make savings in pay costs through efficiency measures and restructuring.

“Changes to staffing numbers in the last year have already resulted in current year pay savings.

“However, the college will ensure quality of curriculum delivery and minimise impact on learner experience by limiting reductions in teaching and front-line staff. 

“For us it is essential that students continue to receive the high-quality teaching provision that we offer.

“Voluntary redundancy will be offered where appropriate. Consultation with staff is now underway. The FE Commissioner will visit the college to check progress in a couple of months.

“The building of Dewsbury Learning Quarter is not affected by this – we are on track to open our Springfield Sixth Form Centre this September and are making progress on the Pioneer Centre.”

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