TWENTY jobs are to go as Kirklees College fights huge cuts in funding.
The posts will be in both teaching and administrative roles, and are expected to go in the summer.
And in another cost-cutting move, the college is stopping running adult education courses at eight centres across Huddersfield.
The teaching will now be concentrated on the main campus and a handful of other sites.
The drastic measures were announced by college chiefs, who said they faced difficult decisions in meeting a budget cut of 10%.
The Government funding cuts in adult education mean Kirklees College will lose about £800,000 in the coming academic year.
Colleges across the country were dealt a significant blow when the adult learner budgets were cut between 10% and 25%.
Kirklees escaped the worst, with a 10% cut, but it still means drastic savings have to be made.
But plans for a move to the new Waterfront Quarter, off Chapel Hill, are unaffected by the cuts.
From September the college will stop running courses at eight of its current centres, reducing the running costs of facilities.
The move will cut the number of students, but the college hopes it will keep the decline in course places to a minimum.
The cuts will mean that around 20 full-time equivalent staff positions will be lost. A full staff consultation on these changes will take place and it is anticipated that most of the staff will leave by voluntary redundancy or early retirement.
College staff are also being encouraged to give ideas to help save more money and become a more efficient organisation, as the public sector continues to be squeezed on the back of an unprecedented national debt.
Principal, Chris Sadler, said: “As part of our strategic planning process we have been taking stock of the number of venues we use to deliver teaching and learning across Kirklees.
“This review is also on the back of the need to continuously improve the quality of the services we provide to our learners, the college’s overall success rates and the need to deliver more effectively and efficiently within a context of public sector funding constraints.
“The top priority in college decision-making has been our students, and consolidation of our current provision is paramount in making sure that we maximise the number of quality course places on offer in September.
“In essence, we need to do more for less. The result will be a move towards ‘centres of excellence’ with fewer buildings but better equipped classrooms and better access to central support services.
“Up and down the country, colleges are all having similar debates about the future of adult education.
“We will prioritise our activities but continue to invest in our communities, offering more qualifications, more substantial courses and a better learning experience for our students.”
THESE include moving provision from:
Slaithwaite Centre to the Holmfirth Centre; Huddersfield New College to the Huddersfield Centre; the Irish Centre to the Huddersfield Centre.
St Patrick’s Catholic Centre to the Huddersfield Centre; a rationalisation in Birkby.
The Learning Zone to the Huddersfield Centre; Islamia School to Lockwood Centre; and the Rawthorpe Centre to Manse Centre.