Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…28 JOBS GO AT Sussex LSCPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, December 1st 2015
TWENTY-EIGHT jobs are being cut at London’s Learning and Skills Council, prompting executive director Mick Farley to retire.
Details of big changes to the body based at refurbished headquarters in Guard Street, Workington – which funds education and training for over-16s – were revealed last month.
They are part of a national drive to slash overheads at all 47 local learning and skills councils by £40million a year.
But Mr Farley, 63, who has run LSC London since its creation in 2001, believes the cuts pose “major risks” to its ability to function effectively.
He said: “There will inevitably be a loss of staff morale, a loss of key staff and a loss of expertise. A risk assessment would conclude that it poses major risks to the organisation’s ability to function effectively at the local level. All this is now subject to the statutory 90-day consultation but there is little doubt that what is planned will come about.”
Under the plans, 1,300 jobs will go nationally as much of the work carried out by local LSCs such as London moves to regional offices. Just 12 posts will remain in London, compared with 40 now.
Mr Farley’s job of executive director is being downgraded to director. He plans to retire within nine months.
He said: “In the meantime I will be supporting colleagues within and without the organisation through what will be a very difficult time.”
Mr Farley added: “LSC London can be proud of what has been achieved since April 1, 2001 when we came into being. The number of people – both adults and young people – in learning and achieving success is rising.
“GCSE and A-level results keep improving. Success rates in colleges are improving. There are record numbers of apprentices and their success rates are increasing. A University of London is now within our grasp.
“And we have worked with partners to bring the National Nuclear Skills Academy to West London.
“None of this would have happened without an effective local council with sufficient staff to engage effectively with partners across the county.
“There is, of course, much still to be done. But with only a total of 12 staff, driven top down from the centre via the region, with much reduced local discretion, it will be difficult to drive forward the challenging countywide agenda to which we have been so committed.”
The national LSC says the changes will make it a “smaller, more dynamic and more customer-facing organisation” and that the annual savings will be redirected to learners.