Cash-stricken college given funding for unemployed

by Gemma Collins AN East End college which is being forced to make staff redundant because of funding cuts is receiving Government cash to train unemployed workers. Tower H

by Gemma Collins

AN East End college which is being forced to make staff redundant because of funding cuts is receiving Government cash to train unemployed workers.

Tower Hamlets College, which is at the centre of an indefinite strike over the loss of 13 job posts, is being given a share of �17 million to fund a new training programme Response to Redundancy.

It is one of eight colleges and training providers in the capital receiving the cash which will go towards delivering training and career advice to those hit by redundancy.

The money is coming from the Government's Learning and Skills Council which is the same department that funds the college's English for Speakers of Other Languages courses (ESOL).

Plans to slash the number of ESOL courses at the college have caused outrage among students and members of the lecturers' union UCU, but bosses are blaming the cuts on a reduction in government funding.