Bradford College management and the University and College Union (UCU), today jointly condemned government policies which are jeopardising 124 adult education courses.
Courses at risk include art, Asian dressmaking, cookery, computing, care & beauty, psychology, counselling, plumbing in the home, and car maintenance. Up to 93 teaching staff could be made redundant.
UCU says the cutbacks would have a big impact on the local community, particularly the Asian community. The union has requested a full 'race impact assessment' and is taking up the issue with local MPs.
The college today confirmed that its 2007/08 funding allocation involved a £3.2m cut in cash available for adult and community courses. This is a result of government policy which is reducing funding for what it considers to be non-essential adult and community learning courses, says UCU.
Adult education has recently been 'devastated' according to NIACE (The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education – England and Wales) with a million course places lost in the last two years.
UCU will consider how to respond to the threats to jobs and is fully engaged in a process of consultation to avoid any compulsory redundancies. But the union recognised that the college has been forced into a difficult financial position.