RM Education has confirmed that up to 300 jobs will be axed as a direct result of the government education cuts. RM started life in Mill Street, Oxford.
RM, supplier of IT equipment to schools across the country since time immemorial, has announced that it will be making the cuts following an internal review. The Oxford-based firm has previously expressed that the review was a direct result of the controversial ending of the Building Schools for the Future programme.
The scheme was one of the first major education shake-ups brought in by the Conservative government, and brought much criticism from industries affected as a consequence of spending cuts.
Now RM Education has had to act having seen its income take a big hit. The company issued a statement concerning the redundancies:
“As announced in our strategic review and after extensive group consultation, we have advised employees whose jobs are now at risk of redundancy.”
“The next stage is individual consultation with those employees. The number of jobs at risk is in line with the figure given when the strategic review was announced – between 250 and 300. We are doing everything we can to help those affected.”
“Despite these losses, which are an unfortunate but necessary part of RM’s adaptation to tough market conditions, we remain completely focused on the needs of the education market - supporting teachers to teach and learners to learn.”
TechEye contacted the Department for Education, but were told that it would not comment on knock on effects of its policies.