Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke-on-Trent College 'to cut about 100 jobs'

Up to 100 staff are to lose their jobs at Stoke-on-Trent college.

It said it had been allocated 24% less in funding for adult training provision from August 2015 compared to last year.

College chief executive Sarah Robinson said it was a "huge blow" but apprenticeships and courses for those aged 16 to 18 would not be affected.

TUC regional secretary Lee Barron said people losing their jobs faced the problem of finding another one. A 45-day consultation period is under way.

'Huge sadness'

The college confirmed teaching would be reduced and it was likely that cuts would affect those on low incomes or receiving benefits, who want new skills to get into employment.

Ms Robinson said: "We simply cannot deliver the adult education provision we desire to, despite this being a key priority in Stoke-on-Trent.

"It is therefore with huge sadness and reluctance that this latest government statement has forced us to have to make the very difficult announcement."

The Department of Business has previously commented on the allocation of funding to colleges, saying: "We fully recognise the important role further education plays in getting people the skills they need to get on.

"That's why we've committed more than £3.9bn in 2015-16 to adult learning and further education, including £770m of apprenticeship funding.

"While total funding has been reduced, priority has been given to the areas where the most impact can be made - apprenticeships, traineeships and support with English and maths."

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