Best shape yet
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.
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”.
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”.
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.