Tresham to cut 78 jobs

Stuart Wesselby
Stuart Wesselby

Tresham College is planning to shed 15 per cent of its staff, including teachers, across Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough, after Government funding was slashed.

The college of further education, which employs a total of 503 staff across four campuses, is proposing to make 78 roles redundant after the Government ‘significantly’ reduced its funding.

Its skills for life department, which teaches adults basic literacy and numeracy, is hardest hit after its funding was completely withdrawn.

Business support roles are being scrapped as well as teaching positions.

Stuart Wesselby, who took over as principal in January, said: “As a result of a review of the college’s provision, unfortunately we have had no choice but to secure the ongoing financial sustainability of the college through efficiency savings to maintain high-quality provision for our learners.

“We are working tirelessly to ensure that there is minimal impact on staff and learners.

“However, with significantly reduced Government funding the college has had to make this difficult decision to commence consultation with the individuals affected regarding proposed changes.”

Affected staff were told the bad news on Friday, just before the bank holiday. It has started a 90-day consultation with staff over job losses.

The college will stop offering its free pre-GCSE level maths and English classes, which were funded by Government grants.

Its English as a second language courses will continue, but students will have to pay for classes.

The college declined to give a breakdown of the job losses by campus or department.