Redundancies threaten tech training standards

Written By: James Douglas
Published: March 17, 2018 Last modified: March 17, 2018

Hundreds of planned redundancies at further education college will threaten the UK’s ability to deliver a world-class skills and technical training for thousands.

Hull College is seeking the equivalent of 231 full-time redundancies out of 1,044 staff spread across three campuses. Kirklees College, based in Dewsbury and Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, announced plans to cut 67 jobs with a formal 90-day notice period.

Bury College in Greater Manchester is in talks with UNISON and lecturers’ union UCU about proposed voluntary redundancies among both teaching and support staff. And Nottingham College announced plans to make the equivalent of 62 full-time jobs redundant.

UNISON national officer Ruth Levin noted that the latest redundancy announcements come just a month after the Northern Powerhouse Project business group, chaired by former Chancellor George Osborne, called for more investment in education and skills training across the region and for funding to be devolved.