On a tour of City College, Norwich, Parliamentary Candidate Glenn Tingle met with his former tutor, Tony Lomas to talk about how the recession is hitting adult education. Mr Tingle studied for and gained his diploma in site management at the College in the late 1990s but was disturbed to hear of the struggle it now faces to cope with decreased funding and the competition from other educational establishments for the limited monies available for maintenance and modernisation.
After touring the College’s construction techniques workshops, where he tried his hand at some bricklaying, Glenn said: “It is disturbing to see how hard-pressed the College is with the recession really beginning to bite. The teaching staff are not going to get any cost of living increase this year and their general funding is being cut each year. The windows on the main building are in a poor state and need replacing but there is no money to fund the £13 million replacement project.
“What can be more important than providing a decent education for young adults, to help them prepare for their future careers? I find it astonishing that the Government is prepared to pour £40 million per day into the European Union, money that gets spent on building transport infrastructure in Warsaw and highways in Spain, while at the same time starving British colleges and universities of vital funding. With the country mired in debt for decades to come, we need to rethink our financial priorities and put Britain first.”