York & North Yorkshire

Jobs losses at Yorkshire Coast College in Scarborough

A union has claimed that 74 jobs could be lost at the Yorkshire Coast College in Scarborough.

The Grimsby Institute Group, which runs the college, has announced a "proposal to restructure staff".

The college has blamed a change in funding and a reduction in the number of students applying for places.

The University and College Union (UCU) said it was "shocked at the announcement of the restructuring and the redundancies".

Julie Kelley, regional officer for the UCU, said she recognised that colleges were operating in "a very difficult time with cuts to funding" but that the institution had a commitment to people in the area.

'Range of teaching'

She said: "The college is the main further education college in that region, it covers a large geographical area.

"For provision to be lost, as it will be as a consequence of this, is obviously very disappointing for the region."

In a statement, the college said: "The proposal to restructure staff may affect a range of teaching and non-teaching support areas. These posts are at risk of redundancy.

"However, the proposal would create new jobs in all teaching, support and management areas."

"The college will also be better placed to respond to the changing and future needs of the local and regional community."

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