Worker hits out at Tresham after 100 jobs put at risk

The new Tresham College campus in Corby
The new Tresham College campus in Corby

A disgruntled worker facing redundancy at Tresham College has dismissed its re-structuring plans which have put more than 100 jobs at risk as a cost-cutting exercise.

The college of further education announced last Friday that 106 jobs were under consultation over its three campuses in Corby, Wellingborough and Kettering – but said 93 new posts were being created.

But the member of staff, who works in business support, says her consultation documents say that she cannot apply for a new role in the restructuring as the college is asking for candidates to have at least a Level Four qualification in her department of work.

The worker, who asked not to be identified, said: “It’s all about cost-cutting. I want people to know the truth. I feel like I’m being put on the scrap heap. I’ve been here for 10 years and I feel so undervalued.

“Not many people my age have a Level Four qualification so it feels like we’re being phased out.”

The employee claims that 18 new posts have been created in her department, which currently has 33 members of staff.

Tresham College said it has been reviewing its services since the beginning of the year, and said it is undergoing changes in its structure because of a reduction in funding.

Staff have been put under a six week consultation, but the worker said she believed it would not be until 2013 when the staff that are made redundant actually leave.

If the 93 posts are not filled internally, it is likely that the college will advertise them publicly.

Principal Stuart Wesselby said: “The decision to see 106 staff at risk of redundancy has not been taken lightly and is designed to have minimal impact on our learners.

“The planned changes will ensure a quality educational experience for all of our learners and improve our links with business and college customers to enhance the learner experience.”