Fears are growing for the future of a Leeds City College department after bosses revealed it is facing cutbacks.
The college’s electrical installation unit is under threat as part of a review aimed at coping with Government funding cuts.
A source told the YEP that staff had been warned the department could be closed completely – which would cost around 21 employees their jobs.
This claim was denied by a college spokeswoman who said the programme was simply “under review”.
But the spokeswoman added: “As a result, it was likely that there would be a reduction in provision in this area”.
She said: “Nationally the FE sector in general is seeing a reduction in government funding, and as a result Leeds City College is reviewing the educational and financial viability of its programmes.”
Jane Taylor, deputy principal for teaching and learning, said: “A number of areas are currently under review for the 2012/13 academic year – including electrical installation. The college has not yet completed its review and planning for next year.”
She said the review would only affect students looking to start in September 2012 – likely to be around 250.
The college spokeswoman said interviews with those applicants had taken place, but added: “The college will be writing to them to inform them of a number of alternative opportunities if the college is unable to offer the provision itself.”
Of the “very small number” of students on two-year courses due to finish in summer 2013, she said: “The college will honour its commitment to these students”.
There are 664 students on electrical installation courses at the college, most who will finish this summer.
A college source, who did not want to be named, said staff were shellshocked when the potential cuts were announced.
Electrical installation courses are offered at both the Technology Campus and Keighley Campus.
The college was formed in 2009 by the merger of Leeds College of Technology, Leeds Thomas Danby, and Park Lane College Leeds & Keighley