Stockton Riverside College sheds 40 posts

Forty staff at a Teesside college are to be made redundant because of government funding cuts.

Stockton Riverside College has confirmed it is to cut 30 support staff posts and 10 teaching roles.

College spokesman, Alan Pilkington, said that although the college had increased student numbers, it had to make savings.

Mr Pilkington said that despite the redundancies, the college still wanted to be "first choice" for students.

Mr Pilkington, who is the college's deputy principal for planning and corporate services, said: "Stockton Riverside College has had a sustained period of growth over the past seven years.

"This has including the development of new college facilities and an increasing number of learners.

"Due to a reduction in government funding the college is now in the process of making efficiency savings.

"We aspire to be the college of first choice for learners, employers and communities."

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