A specialist college has confirmed up to 30 jobs may be lost as part of a restructure.

Derwen College in Gobowen is being forced to make the "regrettable" redundancies to ensure its business remains sustainable.

It says the cuts come as fewer students are receiving funding for residential places.

In a statement the leadership team at the college said: "The national picture continues to change for residential colleges like Derwen and despite continued high demand for residential student places fewer students than ever are successfully gaining funding to come to Derwen.

"This trend is set to continue, therefore, it is essential that we adapt and change our business model to ensure we remain sustainable for the future."

Some of the changes already put in place have included the launch of three satellite sites in south Shropshire, Shrewsbury and Wrexham, as well as working closely with local and national employers.

The leadership team continued: "A restructure of resources is now essential to get us in shape to move forward, meet the external challenges ahead and continue to provide the best outcomes for students and trainees attending college.

"We are now in a period of consultation to reshape our current work structures and this will inevitably affect staffing numbers going forward.

"It is with great regret that we will lose staff who are committed to their work here - we have in place a strong support package to help them through this process.

"Our future, streamlined, workforce will provide us with a robust structure to meet the demands of our future provision and to maintain the excellent quality of teaching and care for which we are renowned."

Currently the college has 230 students on residential and day placements, while staff numbers are around 400.

The redundancies will affect a wide range of areas and although exact figures cannot be confirmed it is expected to be a maximum anticipated to be in the region of 30.

The statement added: "We would like to thank our many supporters who help us to raise vital funds through our annual events including our highly successful sponsored walk and upcoming Summer Fete.

"We would also like to thank our loyal customers who come and support the outlets including the café, restaurant, and garden centre."