90 jobs to go at Sunderland College

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CITY of Sunderland College is to axe up to 90 jobs.

Bosses at the college say Government spending cuts have forced them into making the redundancies.

Staff were today being told about the move, which will see the axe fall in two main areas of the college; Train to Gain, which focuses on training for employees, and the tutorial/enrichment programme.

Angela O’Donoghue, principal, said the college is being forced to take action to deliver further budget savings and is hoping to find some staff other jobs in the college.

She said of the 90 jobs at risk the college had agreed 25 voluntary redundancies.

For the remaining 65 employees at risk there will be about 35 other positions made available in the college, hopefully reducing total redundancies to between 30 and 35.

Mrs O’Donoghue, said: “Regrettably due to further cuts in Government funding we have been forced to place 90 jobs at risk. Following a meeting with staff this morning to explain the situation we have released a Section 188 notice which will launch the 30-day formal consultation process while we work extensively with unions.

“This is a difficult decision and one that is not taken lightly as we know every member of staff works hard to make our college an inspirational and dynamic place for our learners.

“The college’s vision has always remained the same despite the tough times in which we operated. We are a forward thinking education and training provider, dedicated to offering the very best for our learners to ensure they achieve outstanding results.

“I would like to reassure our students and customers that our service will not change, nor will they be affected in any way as a result of this activity, thanks wholly to the dedication and commitment of our professional staff and the strategic plans we have in place to continually improve the college in future.”

The principal said the college’s senior management team will be meeting with every member of staff at risk on a one-to-one basis to ensure they are fully aware of their position and will continue to work with unions at every step of the way.