JOBS are to be axed as Sunderland College is forced to make £2.2milllion in savings.
Cuts today forced college bosses to announce the loss of 36 posts, as well as a review of job descriptions for all teaching staff.
In order to secure the college’s long-term future, plans are now under way to introduce pay bands and pay scales in line with other higher education institutions.
Angela O’Donoghue, principal of the college, said; “Regrettably the impact of these cuts has meant that the changes we need to implement will lead to the redundancies.
“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.
“To ensure that we take every step possible to reduce the number of compulsory redundancies, we’ve announced a programme of voluntary redundancies.”
Ms O’Donoghue said the college’s senior management team will now enter into a 90-day formal consultation process with unions representing workers and has also met with every member of staff at risk to ensure they are fully aware of their position.
The principal, who is leaving at the end of this academic year, said: “The college’s vision has always remained the same despite the tough times in which we operate.
“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, 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 the future.
“Our commitment to outstanding teaching and support continues to make the college a first choice destination for study and training.
“That’s why we have been rated number one for student satisfaction for three years running and our students consistently achieve amongst the highest pass rates in the region, we are committed to maintaining these standards now and into the future.”