Job Cuts as Cash Crisis Hits College; Teaching Jobs to Go

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Job Cuts as Cash Crisis Hits College; Teaching Jobs to Go


Byline: Nathan Bevan

CARDIFF'S biggest inner city college faces large-scale redundancies because of a freeze on Welsh Assembly funding.

Staff at Coleg Glan Hafren, the capital's main provider of further education, were shocked to be told by senior management that, despite having just received a glowing teaching inspection report, up to 40 jobs would have to go next month.

They were also stunned that the cut-backs' first casualty would be the axing of the college's sports academies-ahuge attraction for potential students but now dubbed "non-essential".

"We're absolutely devastated by this news," said one lecturer at the college yesterday, who didn't want to be named for fear of reprisals.

"Our funding from the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills has been frozen at 2007-2008 levels.

"This doesn't recognise the pressures of inflation or rises in the cost of living, among other things.

"Now we've been told about pounds 1m will have to be recouped from elsewhere, principally by slashing staff, stopping the academies and cutting back in other areas like the marketing budget."

The source said staff there were angry that the academies, which contribute to recruiting high numbers to Coleg Glan Hafren, were being cut.

"These were set up as a response to the Sports Council and Sports Governing Bodies' push to provide excellence in sport in Wales. As a result of them, many people choose to enrol with us and, most importantly, tostaywith us," the lecturer said.

"They help a lot of youngsters from the inner city to develop core values such as self-discipline, teamwork, health and lifestyle awareness, not to mention the opportunity to represent us at national and regional levels. …

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