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Fears for 100 jobs as cash crisis hits college

CUTS in funding have sparked fears that up to 100 jobs at Solihull College could be on the line.

CUTS in funding have sparked fears that up to 100 jobs at Solihull College could be on the line.

This week, a union has warned that plans to reduce the funding of certain adult-education courses could lead to redundancies.

Lecturers and teaching staff, many of them part-time, and some non-teaching staff could be affected by the cuts.

Employees face a tense wait to see if the college wins Solihull Council’s tender for adult community learning courses. This will be completed next week and could mitigate the impact of Learning and Skills Council cuts.

Earlier this week, the college said it was working with unions to minimise the impact of cuts and that it was looking at other sources of funding.

Colleges nationwide have been hit by changes in LSC funding. Mike Bell, LSC regional dir­ector, said: “Funding available for adult learning in the West Midlands is rising overall, with an increase of £17million in 2008/9 on the previous year. But funding is being targeted to provision which supports unemployed people back into work and provides training to secure jobs which contribute to the economic well-being of the region.”

A spokesman for Solihull College said: “This has an impact on the level of funding that can be allocated to learning outside of these priorities, including languages and as a result of this the college is considering its options, for instance opportunities to deliver provision through other funding sources. This has resulted in a modified range of languages being offered this September.”

And students could also suffer. Language courses are among those to have been hit by a shift in LSC priorities.

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