Wiltshire College to shed staff due to budget cuts

Wiltshire College Wiltshire College has four main campuses, in Salisbury, Chippenham, Trowbridge and Lackham

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Wiltshire College is expecting to lose staff this summer in a bid to cut £2.4m from its budget.

The college, which has bases in Salisbury, Chippenham, Trowbridge and Lackham, is blaming a reduction in public funding allocation.

College principal Di Dale said they were in a "challenging position" and difficult decisions had to be made.

It is not known how many staff will be affected but the college said it would try to keep job losses to a minimum.

'Reduction of funding'

In May last year the college announced it was cutting 86 jobs, including some teaching posts, in an attempt to save £3m.

Ms Dale said: "Protecting our learners and staff is our first priority but in the current economic climate, this is a real challenge.

"As Wiltshire College faces up to the challenges presented by the reduction of funding, it has no intention of compromising on the quality of the curriculum offered at all its campuses or the success of its students."

A consultation is being held with staff about the possible new staffing structures.

The college will also look for other savings and try to attract extra funding from outside sources.

Every year some 3,300 full-time students and 6,000 part-time students attend the college, which was formed 12 years ago.

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