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Recruiting failure kills off courses

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COLLEGE bosses in the West Midlands have pulled the plug on plumbing courses because they cannot pay enough to tempt tradespeople to take time off to teach.

Walsall College of Arts and Technology has cancelled its courses for this academic year even though they are hugely oversubscribed.

College leaders said a shortage of qualified lecturers, assessors and internal verifiers meant the courses could not continue, despite the vacant positions being widely advertised.

College spokesman John Beaty said high earnings in the private sector made it difficult for educational establishments to compete for staff.

He said: 'Plumbing was withdrawn from the college for the current academic year due to the difficulty we have experienced with recruiting suitably qualified staff in sufficient number.

'This is despite numerous advertisements in the local, regional and national press, and despite contacting a number of employment agencies.'