24 May 2012
Commenting on a recent restructuring process, Association of Colleges’ Chief Executive, Martin Doel, said:
“As part of a restructuring process in response to the difficult financial climate, AoC has sought a small number of voluntary redundancies, which will help us to continue to serve our members efficiently and effectively.
“The reality is that AoC is not immune to the financial pressures faced by the public sector and this is, in part, a response to a downturn in public sector projects. The commercial wing of the organisation has, as a result, seen some difficult market circumstances.
“As part of this process six members of staff have had their application for voluntary redundancy accepted. We will, of course, be offering every assistance to them through this difficult transition as valued members of the team.
“Unfortunately we didn’t receive all of the cost savings we needed to as part of the process and have had to identify three additional posts as being at risk of redundancy through a compulsory process. Consultation with those individual members of staff is now underway.
“It goes without saying that every member of AoC staff is highly skilled, experienced and provides, without fail, a first class service to members.
“This has been a difficult and upsetting time for all staff but we have tried to deal with it as fairly as possible and can assure member colleges they will continue to get the highest standards of service. In order to ensure continued strong representation AoC will be recruiting to key positions in line with the new shape of the organisation.”
Pleas note - AoC directly employs over 100 staff and our three sister organisations representing AoC in separate regions employ over 30 staff.