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On 24 September 2013 The Independent reported that Christine Braddock would step down as principal and chief executive of Birmingham Metropolitan College [BMet] at the end of the academic year, after being forced into a U-turn on female Muslim students wearing the veil.

Andrew Cleaves

Andrew Cleaves

In March 2014, Ms Braddock said she was “delighted to be handing over the college in its best shape yet” to former Tube Lines and National Express executive Andrew Cleaves.

But it has now emerged that BMet is closing two of its sites, and has been told by government chiefs its “next few months will be critical”.

 'Cash-strapped Birmingham Metropolitan College closes two of its sites', Emma McKinney, Birmingham Mail, 4 Nov 2015

In addition, the government has “launched a review into colleges and sixth form centres in Birmingham and Solihull as part of a drive to slash funding for post-16 education institutions”.

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Birmingham HS2 College (cgi for illustrative purposes only)

At the same time the government is looking to ‘slash funding’ for further education in Birmingham, they are pressing ahead with a scheme to build a new ‘HS2 College’ in the city. HS2 College is a pet project of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, whose ‘lead for transport’ is none other than Andrew Cleaves.

[Hundreds of jobs could go if Birmingham and Solihull colleges merge, Emma McKinney, Birmingham Post, 5 Nov 2015]

A review has been launched into seven colleges in Birmingham and Solihull amid fears they could be combined – potentially meaning hundreds of job losses.

Academics told the Birmingham Post they were worried one big “super college” could be created in the Midlands – forcing some existing institutions to close in a move that would impact thousands of students and apprentices.

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Written by beleben

November 6, 2015 at 12:51 pm

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