Jobs to go at Mansfield’s West Notts College?

MANSFIELD’S West Notts College says up to 38 administration and learning support posts could go to help it meet the ‘challenges of the future’.

The college - which employs more than 1,100 staff - insists ‘all efforts’ are being made to avoid compulsory redundancies and is working with unions to ‘minimise’ the impact of the proposals.

Bosses say the majority of those most at risk will be from the college’s support services.

But they stress courses will not be affected, while no tutors are thought to be at threat of losing their jobs.

Principal Asha Khemka said the restructure would provide better services for students.

“This will deliver an improved learner engagement and student support service while improving the effectiveness of our business support functions,” she said.

“Crucially, it will enable the college to continue to offer the levels and volumes of high-quality education and training currently provided.

“We are working with our trade unions to minimise the impact of our proposals, which may result in a reduction of approximately 38 posts.

“All efforts will be made to minimise compulsory redundancies. We understand how unsettling this is for all staff and we are working hard to support those affected.

“These changes will ensure we remain a top-performing college that improves the lives of our current and future learners, serves the communities of Mansfield and Ashfield and responds to the needs of businesses locally, regionally and nationally.”

The college says it has received a ‘better than anticipated’ financial package from the Government for next year, but is uncertain as to what it will receive after that.

West Notts announced in April that it wants to transform the appearance of its dated Derby Road site as part of a £24m new build project - and is currently pushing ahead with plans to build a multi-million pound creative arts centre.