Warrington and Vale Royal College formerly known as Mid-Cheshire College, have announced that the majority of the Hartford campus will be closing which as a result means that 56 jobs have been made redundant.
The Hartford campus, opened 37 years ago, offering a range of courses including Art & Design, Performing Arts, Photography and Engineering, will be closing doors from September. However leaving engineering, electrical installation, fabrication and welding courses will continue operating from the Hartford campus.
Warrington and Vale Royal College has announced that the following courses have been moved to Winsford:
- Access & Health Studies
- Adult & Community Learning
- Art & Design
- English & Maths
- Electrical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering
- Foundation Learning
- Gaming, Media & Graphics
- Health & Social Care
- Professional & Education Studies
- Public Services
- Sport L3 (2nd year)
- Travel & Tourism
Some other courses have been moved to the Warrington campus. These subjects include:
- Construction trades; Carpentry & Joinery, Brickwork & Plumbing
- Motor Vehicle
- Performing Arts & Dance
- Sport L2
- Sport L3 (1st year)
A spokesperson from the newly merged college said “Warrington & Vale Royal College is set to re-shape the Vale Royal estate and operational aspects of the organisation as part of exciting plans for an enhanced post 16 offer”
They also stated that the Hartford campus was being ‘seriously under-utilised’.
Weaver Vale’s local Labour MP, Mike Amesbury, said that he was “shocked and hugely concerned” at the decision to close the Hartford college.
Amesbury also added “I would urge the college to reconsider the proposed redundancies and engage in a meaningful discussion with trade union representatives to explore all viable alternatives’.