College set to shed 120 jobs

MORE than 120 jobs are to go as part of expected £4m funding cuts at Sheffield’s biggest further education college.

Lecturers and teachers, as well as support staff, will be hit by the Sheffield College plans. A 90-day consultation has begun.

The college teaches around 17,000 full time and part-time students at four main sites – Hillsborough, Norton, Peaks and the newly rebuilt Sheffield City College.

Managers fear 121 full time jobs will have to go by the summer, although final figures on its budget for 2011/12 have yet to be received from the Government.

Jobs at risk include those of lecturers, business support staff who liaise with potential employers and workers in student services. An enhanced voluntary redundancy scheme is to be offered while other employees will be asked to accept voluntary reductions in hours.

Some classes could be scaled back to reflect new national curriculum priorities. A college spokeswoman said: “These courses will be reduced but not scrapped altogether. This may result in larger class sizes and possibly charges for some learners who are currently attending for free.”