education classes in Burnham put on hold amid cash shortfall
of people across Somerset, including the Burnham-On-Sea area, who
signed up for adult education courses have received letters informing
them their courses have been postponed.
provider Somerset Skills and Learning (SS&L) is facing a funding
gap of nearly £3m following cuts in government money.
organisation, which has a centre in Burnham's Princess Street, employs
about 200 people across Somerset, and provides courses to 10,000
people. It says it is trying to "turn things around".
formerly known as Somerset Skills and Learning, was awarded £111,000
by the government to last from November to July next year. Typically
it receives about £3m for the period, its director of curriculum
and business development, Kathryn Baker said.
part of Somerset County Council, the company became a separate social
enterprise in August 2015. The not-for-profit company was set up
and run by the staff who were part of the council.
website currently offers
252 courses, however a statement has been posted about the cutbacks,
stating: "Due to government funding cuts we are not accepting
enrolments for leisure and interest courses at this time. Our Apprenticeship
& Traineeship programs and GCSE Maths & English are still
running as usual. We hope to open our other courses again soon."
director Kathryn Baker said: "Courses are being postponed while
we try to turn things around."
offers a range of training courses at 10 centres across the county,
including in Burnham-On-Sea, from apprenticeships to adult education
Department for Education has yet to comment.