Northern Ireland

College staff told to expect 'devastating' job losses

Staff at the North West Regional College are bracing themselves for "devastating" job losses.

At a recent general meeting college management announced that, in light of looming public service funding cuts, redundancies should be expected.

The exact number of jobs under threat at the college is not yet known.

Sinn Fein Councillor Maeve McLaughlin said she understood that about 30 full-time teaching staff could be facing redundancy.

The North West Regional College delivers courses at nine locations throughout Strabane, Limavady and Londonderry.

In a statement a spokesperson for the college said the job losses would have "a huge impact" on the region and that staff and management would "do everything in their power to minimise redundancies".

Councillor McLaughlin said the news was "extremely concerning".

She said: "to lose so many teaching staff would be a devastating blow to the college and the staff involved. It would also have a huge impact on the region as a whole, taking a significant amount of disposable income out of the local economy."

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