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College to shed staff after budget cut by £1 million

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NORTHBROOK College has confirmed it will be making staffing cuts after Government reductions in funding to colleges.

Cutbacks totalling £1 million are to be made, with a selection process underway to determine which areas the jobs will be lost in.

Principal Sue Dare said the college will see a reduction in students coming to the college next year following the budget reductions, which are hitting schools and colleges across the country.

She said: “There have been national reductions in Government funding for all colleges and schools.

“This has meant fewer pupils coming to college next year.

“Northbrook College will respond to the Government changes while maintaining the high quality of our teaching and learning and our support for students.”

The college, which has campuses in Broadwater, West Durrington and Shoreham Airport, as well as a business development centre in Liverpool Gardens, caters for a range of levels, including 14-19-year-olds and degree courses.

It also provides apprenticeships for numerous young people each year.

Mrs Dare added: “The reduction in funding will not affect our good and outstanding Ofsted grades and our status as fourth in the country and top in Sussex for overall student success rates.”

Head of learner services and marketing, Andrew Stowell, confirmed there would be job losses but there were no decisions as to where the jobs would be cut at the current time.

He said: “The college will be making some reductions in staff numbers.

“As we are currently in a process of selection, we cannot provide any further details until this is complete.”

Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce chief executive Tina Tilley said it was disappointing that the lack of Government funding could potentially affect young people’s education.

She said: “It is unfortunate that any support for education is being cut, as we know the age groups which Northbrook College deals with need as much support as possible in improving their career prospects.

“It will be sad if the Government does not give enough support to the college to help people, especially when jobs are difficult to come by in this current economic climate.”

 

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