Redundancy threat at Filton college

Published on: 18 Jun 2013

Nearly 100 staff at Filton's South Gloucestershire and Stroud College are facing the threat of redundancy, the college said today.

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) has officially notified Trade Unions at the College of the proposal to place some posts at risk of redundancy.

The college said the reasons for the proposed redundancies are the future reductions in funding. Up to 94 staff will be affected by this action although it is expected that some staff will be redeployed. This figure includes 12 staff placed at risk in May and previously reported.

A spokesperson said: "The driver for this action is the reduction in funding in 13/14 and 14/15 across the sector and it will impact on all Colleges to various degrees. The impact on SGS over two years is expected to be about £4m."

Kevin Hamblin, Principal of SGS said “Public spending is being reduced in almost all Government Departments. The Further Education Sector is not immune to these cuts and every College will need to respond to the reduction in funding, whilst continuing to improve the quality of what we do!

"At a time when we are seeing record recruitment at 16-18 and our success rates are the best in the area, we need to cut our costs in proportion to the funding we receive. That said, this reduction in funding was anticipated and was a key driver for the merger of Filton College and Stroud College, which created SGS. A larger College allows us to rationalise costs and provide the efficiency of scale which will mean we can maintain our range of full time programmes and learner support functions so students will not be affected by these actions.”

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