BOURNVILLE College, which opened its £66million state-of-the-art campus in Longbridge three years ago, is facing financial difficulties, it has been revealed.
In a statement to The Standard, a spokesperson confirmed it had ended four admin agency worker’s temporary contracts and invited staff to apply for voluntary redundancy.
But, the spokesperson said, the voluntary severance applications were something the college did every year and, responding to what has been written in another media report, she denied the establishment was ‘facing a crisis’.
“The college is responding to the financial challenges in the sector by reviewing resources and expenditure,” she added.
The spokesperson also confirmed Norman Cave, the college’s principal, was temporary unavailable – due to personal reasons – and said the finance director Michael Hill had been appointed as acting principal.
Northfield MP Richard Burden said he was very concerned to hear about the cuts being faced by Bournville College.
“Bournville is not only hugely important to expanding apprenticeships and providing young people with the skills and opportunities they deserve.
“It is also a cornerstone of the regeneration of the Longbridge area.”
He has now called for an urgent meeting with the chair of governors and the acting principal.
“I will also be raising the matter with Ministers who must face up to what their policies are doing to further education and the life chances of young people.” he said.