learning centre to close this month amid cash cuts
Somerset Skills and Learning Centre is to close down later this
month as a result of a "massive funding cut" from central
centre, in Princess Street, will shut for the final time before
Christmas, the organisation confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com this
it is trying to keep a large number of its courses running by holding
them in other venues in the town.
Skills & Learning has been left £1 million short of funding
after the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) made huge cuts
in the autumn. The
provider at first faced a 97-per-cent cut in September. However,
following lobbying by MPs including Burnham-On-Sea's James Heappey,
the ESFA scaled back its cuts, and SS&L was given 75 per cent
of its funding.
Ixer, head of marketing and communications at SS&L, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We have had to streamline the business across Somerset following
our recent massive funding cuts we are making redundancies
and are having to close some premises, including Burnham."
added: "We wont fully stop delivering all our training
in Burnham. We hope to run some courses from external venues and
are talking to various facilities about this."
some of our community learning, and leisure and interest courses
in Burnham will be finishing due to the financial cutbacks."
of our adult learning, training for apprentices, childcare and social
care courses will continue to run where possible."
also confirmed there are local redundancies as part of the cost
funding cuts have led to a restructuring of the organisation and
we have tried to retain people where possible."
says the centre is likely to close on or around December 19th, dependent
on setting up offices elsewhere and moving equipment.
formerly known as Somerset Skills and Learning, was given just £111,000
by the government to last from this November until July next year.
Typically, it receives about £3m for the period.