Hereford & Worcester

Fifty jobs could go at Worcester College of Technology

Worcester College of Technology
Image caption Catering students could be asked to do more of the cooking at Spires, the college's restaurant

More than 50 people, including canteen staff, could lose their jobs at Worcester College of Technology.

Students from the catering course may be asked to produce more of the food for the college canteen under the plan.

College Principal Stuart Laverick said it would be a good opportunity to help develop students' skills and denied they were replacing staff.

Steve Brown, from the union Unison, described the plans as hasty and said they had not been thought through.

"They don't seem to have given any mileage or given any credit to enabling and maybe re-skilling and re-training the staff that are there to be able to provide that themselves," he said.

"I think there are real negative and long-term consequences for what we see as a rather rushed job in terms of cutting jobs."

A 30-day consultation period has begun into the funding of staff for the canteen and subsidised on-site childcare.

'Learning opportunities'

Peter Robinson, the college's Director of Student Guidance, said: "We're looking at how we can go forward in terms of continuing to provide access to childcare and also improving the educational experience in some of our catering students.

"A lot of our students go on to work in these industries and we want to provide them with working environments where they can develop those skills."

Mr Laverick said: "The primary purpose of a college like Worcester College of Technology is optimised learning opportunities for young people.

"We see this as potential for our students to be getting the skills they need."

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