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Blackpool college jobs under threat in axe woes

Blackpool and The Fylde College
Blackpool and The Fylde College
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Blackpool and The Fylde College announced redundancies – with 16 jobs under threat.

Three teaching positions are among those being consulted on, a spokesman said.

Michelle Grayrigge, director of human resources, said: “As a community college, B&FC is an exempt charity where our curriculum is aligned to the needs of the economy and the communities which we serve.

“B&FC constantly seeks to meet the needs of its stakeholders which include our students, the local community, schools, employers and the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership.

This approach ensures our students have the best opportunities of securing rewarding and sustainable careers and get the optimum return on their investment.

“We are one of the Fylde Coast’s largest employers, with more than 1,200 employees, and we highly value our professional and dedicated team.

“Recent business planning has identified up to 16 roles which are at risk of redundancy.

A consultation period is underway which will focus on mitigating the need for any compulsory redundancies and consider alternatives such as redeployment, to ensure we retain our highly-talented employees wherever possible.”

Unions are involved, with one Unison rep saying talks were in the earliest stages. He said most of the jobs at risk were in student support and well-being.

Last week, The Gazette revealed how a number of roles at schools across Blackpool were under threat.

The Fylde Coast Academy Trust is cutting three roles between Westminster and Unity Academy’s nursery.

Six people took voluntary redundancy at South Shore Academy.

And six business support staff have been hit by a ‘restructure’ at Highfield Leadership Academy, also in South Shore.