A Kent based college is set to enter ‘education administration’ under the rarely used insolvency procedures created by the Technical and Further Education Act 2017.
West Kent and Ashford College (WKAC) has filed for administration after the Further Education commissioner recommended that East Kent College group take on the provision of services and facilities.
Bosses at the college agreed. WKAC chair Martin Doel commented
“While finances have been stabilised over recent months, the college is faced with exceptional outstanding liabilities and would be insolvent without external support.”
“Entering education administration would provide the college with an effective means of implementing the recommendations in the Further Education Commissioner’s Options Review, which are aimed at obtaining a long-term sustainable solution for the existing provision offered by the college.”
A spokesperson for the Government’s Department of education has said ““Following a request from West Kent and Ashford College we have applied to the court to place the college in education administration. This is now a matter for the court. This process is designed to specifically ensure that learners’ interests are protected and continue their studies with minimal disruption.”
The college will continue to function as normal with new enrolments being taken for courses starting this September. Staff will also be retained in their current roles but only subject to the application being approved at the time of the report.
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