Gloucestershire College cuts see up to 90 jobs axed

Artist's impression of proposed college site in Cinderford Image copyright Gloucestershire College
Image caption The proposed college site in the Forest of Dean is due to open in 2015.

Gloucestershire College could axe up to 90 jobs because of higher education spending cuts, the college has said.

The college said it had been trying make savings by renting out space at Kingsditch Campus and a jobs freeze after its budget was cut by 20%.

Principal Matthew Burgess said: "The magnitude of the cuts facing the further education sector has unfortunately led us to this point."

Managers and unions have begun talks over what options staff have.

The college has four sites in Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean and employs 1,200 staff.

As part of its long-term savings plans, the college is also expanding its Forest of Dean site at a cost of £14m and reducing the size of its other sites.

This is expected to save £650,000 a year once it opens in 2015.

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