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SS&L offers programs to 10,000 individuals throughout the county

Tons of of people that signed up for grownup schooling programs in Somerset have acquired letters informing them their programs have been postponed.

Course supplier SS&L is dealing with a funding hole of practically £3m following cuts in authorities cash.

The organisation, which employs about 200 individuals, and offers programs to 10,000 individuals, stated it was attempting to “flip issues round”.

The Division for Training has but to remark.

SS&L, previously often called Somerset Expertise and Studying, was awarded £111,000 by the federal government to final from November to July subsequent yr.

Usually it receives about £3m for the interval, its director of curriculum and enterprise improvement, Kathryn Baker stated.

‘Alarm bells’

Beforehand a part of Somerset County Council, the corporate grew to become a separate social enterprise in August 2015. The not-for-profit firm was arrange and run by the workers who have been a part of the council.

It provides a spread of coaching programs at 10 centres throughout the county, from apprenticeships to grownup schooling programs.

Its web site at present provides 252 programs, from GCSEs to night lessons in jewelry making.

One course member, who wished to stay nameless, stated: “I used to be informed by the one that answered the telephone that the federal government had cancelled their grant.

“I used to be informed no refunds have been being made – that is when alarm bells began to ring for me.”

Jobs danger

SS&L director Kathryn Baker stated: “Programs are being postponed whereas we attempt to flip issues round.

“We now have a telephone name scheduled with the funding authority right now (Tues) to attempt to discover out extra particulars”

A member of workers, who additionally needs to stay nameless, informed the BBC they and their colleagues had been informed they might all lose their jobs.