East Kent College group has placed 320 staff at risk of redundancy

Broadstairs campus

Some 320 staff have been placed at risk of redundancy from the East Kent College group.

Cuts in Government funding and increased costs have been blamed for the restructuring move which is taking place across all of the EKC group’s campuses, including Broadstairs.

The changes will however create 238 new posts which staff facing redundancy can apply for.

In February a merger between East Kent College and Canterbury College was completed and a rebranded EKC Group was launched.

The East Kent Colleges Group covers Canterbury, Dover, Shepway, Swale and Thanet.

The new organisation was said to have a turnover of approximately £55million, more than 1,000 staff and 15,000 students.

Affected staff have received letters and are now in consultation.

Graham Razey

Graham Razey, Group Principal and Chief Executive at EKC Group, said: “We currently face lower funding from Government and its departments, which have reduced, or are static at best. Coupled with increasing prices, we now have to consider how we can remain financially sustainable.

“As a consequence we have opened a consultation at each of our colleges, proposing structural changes for the future. This has meant we have had to place 320 staff at risk across the Group. However, within that there are 238 posts which staff are able to apply for.

“The proposed structure this would create will enhance the financial resilience at our colleges in Broadstairs, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Sheppey, while ensuring they are able to deliver the right curriculum to meet our communities needs for the future.

“We recognise this is an incredibly difficult time for all of our colleagues and are offering support to those affected through our local colleges.”