A leading city college is planning to axe nearly 60 jobs in a bid to have millions of pounds off it’s budget deficit.
Bosses at Preston’s College in Fulwood have been restructuring following government cuts to the further education budget.
As part of a plan to make the institution more efficient, the college has already slashed its projected £3m deficit by two thirds but still needs to find another £1m.
Part of this will come from internal cutbacks but the bulk, around £900,000, from axing 57 jobs from its 770-strong workforce.
A spokesman said: “Last year the college responded to a reduced budget allocation and a projected budget deficit of £3m for 2013/14 and 2014/15 as a result of continued government cuts to funding for FE.
“As part of the college’s on-going plan to meet this requirement it was confirmed last year that further reviews of financial and staffing implications would occur in 2013/14.
“This would include reviews related to the curriculum support, corporate services and administration functions of the college.
“As part of this process the college has been committed to ensuring that the effectiveness of its structures and delivery take precedence over simply seeking efficiencies alone so that the college is able to achieve its vision as an enterprising college.”
University and College Union regional official Martyn Moss said: “Colleges have been hit hard by funding cuts and we believe the government needs a long-term strategy for funding further education properly.
“In the meantime, colleges need to avoid making knee-jerk cuts and must work with us to talk through with any issues.
“We expect to be fully engaged in the consultation process and oppose the use of compulsory redundancies.”