Jobs set to go in shake-up at col­leges

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Col­lege bosses have an­nounced 25 jobs are at risk as part of a re­or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Sun­der­land Col­lege, which also runs Hartle­pool Sixth Form Col­lege, has con­firmed it will ‘stream­line’ its man­age­ment struc­tures, af­fect­ing staff at both sites.

It says the re­or­gan­i­sa­tion aims to strengthen the col­lege’s po­si­tion and re­spond to govern­ment fund­ing re­duc­tions.

They claim this will re­sult in fur­ther im­prove­ments to pub­lic money spend­ing and a min­i­mal num­ber of re­dun­dan­cies, less than 3.5% of the to­tal work­force.

Ellen Thin­nesen, prin­ci­pal and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Sun­der­land Col­lege, said: “As al­ways, the fu­ture suc­cess of our stu­dents is at the heart of what we do.

“There­fore, whilst we are in­tend­ing to re­duce man­age­ment costs in some ar­eas, we are also look­ing at re­or­gan­is­ing and in­vest­ing in other ar­eas to fur­ther im­prove our sup­port ser­vices for stu­dents, learn­ing tech­nol­ogy and teach­ing strate­gies.

“We value our tal­ented work­force, how­ever it is in­evitable that we have to make some staffing ef­fi­cien­cies along­side this im­prove­ment plan.

“Our busi­ness, like any other, needs to change with the en­vi­ron­ment in which it op­er­ates.

“We are a pro­gres­sive for­ward-think­ing col­lege and need an or­gan­i­sa­tional struc­ture to rep­re­sent this.

“It is with re­gret that we will lose some of our col­leagues in­side this process, but as we con­tinue to be faced with chal­lenges such as govern­ment fund­ing cuts, we must look at how we can op­er­ate in more ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient ways.

“By tak­ing these mea­sures the col­lege will be in a strong fi­nan­cial po­si­tion from which to grow in the fu­ture.”

The col­lege, which cur­rently em­ploys ap­prox­i­mately 720 staff, has now en­tered into a con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod for the re­or­gan­i­sa­tion, which of­fi­cially be­gan today. It has also con­sulted with trade unions to sup­port the process mov­ing for­ward.

All staff af­fected have been in­formed and a new staffing struc­ture will come into ef­fect from Septem­ber 1.

Jobs at Sun­der­land Col­lege are at risk.

Ellen Thin­nesen, prin­ci­pal and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Sun­der­land Col­lege.

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