Debt-hit K College to cut 100 jobs

K College
Image caption K College, which has five campuses across Kent, announced debts of £16m at the end of 2011-12

A debt-hit college is to cut 100 jobs in a bid to tackle its multi-million pound deficit.

K College said it had started a 45-day consultation with staff and the UCU union about the loss of the posts, and said it would seek to avoid compulsory redundancies.

Interim principal Steve Hutchinson said the move was regrettable but needed.

The college has been tackling debts of £16m. Mr Hutchinson said the job losses would bring £2m in salary savings.

He said: "It's regrettable that we have to take this step, but this process is needed to secure the future of further education provision in Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Ashford.

"The proposed reductions in staff will ensure the long-term financial solvency of the organisation, ensuring that it can invest in the development and improvement of its provision to students."

K College was formed when West Kent and South Kent college merged in 2009.

It is now being split into separate geographical areas, in a move that will see its Dover and Folkestone campuses transferred to East Kent College, and its Ashford, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells campuses made part of the Hadlow College Group.

About 15,000 people study at its sites.

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