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Job losses to hit North West Kent College

PUBLISHED: 12:03 16 May 2013 | UPDATED: 12:03 16 May 2013

David Gleed, principal of North West Kent College

David Gleed, principal of North West Kent College

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North West Kent College could be hit with almost 50 job losses in the next academic year, the principal has announced.

This is due to a cut in government funding, despite the institution being named the 12th best performing in the country in a survey by the Skills Funding Agency.

As many as 48 jobs could go in the Dartford and Gravesend campuses though principal David Gleed said the figure could be as low as 35 to 40.

He said: “Unfortunately, like many organisations within the public sector, North West Kent College is faced with a reduction in government funding leading into the 2013/14 academic year.

“Regrettably, in order to address this issue, we’ve had to make some positions redundant primarily within the support and commercial training areas but at the same time creating a number of new positions.

“These changes will not impact on the delivery of the planned curriculum for 2013/14 as we are looking forward to expanding our range of courses on both sites to meet student demand.

“We’re working closely with staff whose posts are being cut and are encouraging those affected to apply for positions in other parts of the college.

“We are giving all our staff as much help, information and support as possible.”

The college provides further education for around 4,000 students and has campuses in Oakfield Lane, Dartford, and Lower Higham Road, Gravesend.

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