College group puts hundreds of staff at risk of redundancy

Canterbury College in New Dover Road

More than 300 jobs at the East Kent Colleges group are at risk, it has emerged.

The organisation, which includes Canterbury College in New Dover Road, blames cuts in central government money for its need to restructure.

Graham Razey, group principal and chief executive at the East Kent Colleges Group, said: “We currently face lower funding from Government and its departments, which have reduced, or are static at best.

“Coupled with increasing prices, we now have to consider how we can remain financially sustainable.

“As a consequence we have opened a consultation at each of our colleges, proposing structural changes for the future. This has meant we have had to place 320 staff at risk across the Group.

Graham Razey, chief executive of East Kent Colleges

“However, within that there are 238 posts which staff are able to apply for.

“The proposed structure this would create will enhance the financial resilience at our colleges in Broadstairs, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Sheppey, while ensuring they are able to deliver the right curriculum to meet our communities needs for the future.

“We recognise this is an incredibly difficult time for all of our colleagues and are offering support to those affected through our local colleges.”

Some 320 staff have been placed at risk of redundancy across the campuses in Canterbury, Dover, Shepway, Swale and Thanet.

Affected staff have received letters and a consultation has started. The restructured organisation will be left with more than 1,000 staff and 15,000 students.

Canterbury College formally became part of the East Kent Colleges group in February. The college found itself in dire financial difficulties under its previous principal, Alison Clarke.

It offers a wide choice of academic, technical and vocational qualifications.



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