Jobs of 100 City of Bristol College staff under threat
STAFF at City of Bristol College have been warned to brace themselves for possible job losses.
The college, which has nine centres across the city and more than 30,000 students, plans to simplify its management structure after funding cuts.
It is understood that just over 100 employees, of the 2,000 people employed at the college, will be affected by the management restructure consultation process.
A spokeswoman for the college said the changes would predominantly affect senior and middle managers.
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In a statement, the spokeswoman said: “City of Bristol College, like many other organisations, is feeling the financial pressure of the reduction in funding and is currently undertaking a staff consultation exercise as part of plans to simplify our management structure and invest in teaching and learning.
“As a result of the consultation exercise there is likely to be a reduction in the number of posts the college currently has but we are working with staff and stakeholders to ensure that job losses are kept to a minimum.
“The changes substantially affect senior and middle managers and the college is working to minimize the impact on teaching staff.
“This review will ensure that we are able to continue to build on our high standards of teaching and learning for all students who come to the college.”
Nova Gresham, regional official for the University and College Union (UCU) in the south west, said further education colleges were being badly hit by Government funding cutbacks.
She said: “Further education is suffering very badly at the moment - there isn’t one college in the whole of the South West which isn’t suffering.
“It makes sense for the college to put its focus on teaching and learning at the bottom end. It will be quite an upheaval for the college, which is the biggest in the south west.
“Further education colleges are going through a difficult time because funding is being cut year on year. From September, those aged 24 or over wanting to study a Level 3 course will have to take out a loan to do it. For 16 to 19 year olds, the educational allowance has been cut.
“There is some very damaging policy, which is cutting investment in education and training at a time when we need it most.”