Peter Thompson. Picture by Peter Boam.
COMPULSORY job losses have taken place at the IW College and up to ten staff could be asked to take voluntary redundancy, the County Press can reveal.
The IW College’s assistant principal, Peter Thompson, said he could not say exactly how many staff had been made redundant but when pressed said it was less than a 'handful’ of the college’s 500-plus staff.
This followed a restructuring exercise over the past six months
Mr Thompson said the job losses had occurred in the adult education parts of the college. No jobs at the college’s sixth form were under threat. He said: "We are restructuring all sorts of areas. We have offered people the opportunity for voluntary redundancy as part of this restructuring. Less than a handful have been compulsory redundancies."
He added he hoped the restructuring exercise would be complete by the beginning of the new term in September. He said changes to government funding for adult courses had meant the college needed to restructure.
He said: "We are looking at all areas of the college, the entire organisation, and the way we deliver things. We have tight budgets. There is much less adult funding than there used to be."