Entries by Bridgend College

WESTON HOUSE @ Bridgend College

At Weston House it is our intention to help make the young people who stay with us “All that they can be” by putting our students at the centre of everything we do. Purpose-built in 1978, within the grounds of Bridgend College, Weston House offers 35 individual bedrooms for young people between 16 and 25 […]

We’re happy to announce that 3 of our Hospitality learners are down to the last 24 out of 50 competitors in the Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or competition.

Jack Farmer, Jamie Davies and Katie Mainwaring will respresent the college, and we’re proud to say that we’re the only college in Wales in the competition. In the final round they will receive masterclasses and then they’ll prepare a 3 course meal for 10 people! We’d like to wish them good luck in the final!

We’re very proud to be the only Further Education College to be named in the recent Wales Online article, after Estyn gave us a rare double excellent award in our latest report.

This is a reflection of the dedication, innovation and passion from our learners, staff, governors and partners. We are extremely pleased that the high quality of our performance has been recognised in the judgements awarded to the College. We are very excited about the future!


This is a day to look forward to in January after Christmas !! An easy way to raise money for the Urdd Eisteddfod Bridgend, Bridgend, Taff and Ela-AI 2017. Everyone to dress in red, white and green on the 27th of January 2017 on the day of Love @ yrUrdd.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 – Save the date

Bridgend County Borough Council will be marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 with a public event to remember the victims of the Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides. In partnership with Bridgend College, the annual commemoration will be held in the Sony Theatre on Friday 20 January at 10.30am, and will remember the millions who have been […]

Bridgend College secures national award for excellence

Bridgend College is celebrating after winning an Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for the Development of Transferable Skills, sponsored by exam awarding body AQA. The college, which works with young people from a very deprived area, received its award for its ‘Be all that you can be’ programme. Staff and students work with businesses […]

Around Dydd Dewi Sant, I often think back to a time when I was involved in a trip taking some students to Chongqing in China to support celebrations for “Wales in China Week.” Our Welsh students were to perform Under Milk Wood with Chinese students.

I like to remind myself of this project, especially when I read the xenophobic hysteria in some of our popular press and on social media at the moment. I hope you enjoy reading this account of a special project that had a profound impact on me and all those involved. Ten students from further education […]

Apprenticeships. Where do I start? The subject of much debate at present!

The last election saw the machismo of numbers- who could come up with the biggest number of pledged apprenticeships. 1 million? 2 million? Eventually, we hit the 3 million figure! As Wales debates its approach to Apprenticeships, here is an extract from a speech I delivered at the Public Forum for Wales event on Apprenticeships […]

Bridgend College’s hospitality team of three at the Nestle Toque D’or

Bridgend college’s hospitality team of three at the Nestle Toque D’or. The regional heats Westminster College London. The only college in Wales to get through to the last 36.

Bridgend College at the Spring Festival

Bridgend College had a great time at the Royal Welsh Spring Festival this weekend. Our fab staff were showcasing a numerous amount of land-based ans construction courses we have available here on our Pencoed Campus- see here for more information. The Sping Festival is a celebration of rural life. The two-day festival is an action-packed […]

Reaching for the stars

The 2015 ‘Stars of the Future’ Plant Mechanic Apprentice Awards will take place on Thursday 4th June at Plantworx Construction Equipment exhibition at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire. This annual award scheme, devised by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA), recognises talented youngsters on plant mechanic apprentice schemes in colleges across the UK. Bridgend College is putting forward 6 Plant Maintenance apprentices, […]

College celebrates ‘Stars of our Future’ success

Bridgend College are celebrating the recent success of two entrants in The Construction Plant Hire Association (CPA) ‘Stars of the Future’ awards 2015. Level 2 entrant Joel Tompkins of Powys County Council, and Level 3 entrant Nathan Cowell of Hire One were regional winners. The two apprentices from our Plant Maintenance department (Engineering) attended the CPA ceremony […]

Faculty Awards Event

Congratulations to all Learners who received certificates this week in the Faculty Awards Event. Categories for the event were – Most Improved Learner Curriculum Area Learner of the Year Outstanding Contribution Faculty Learner Learner of the Year Faculty Learner of the Year Well done all those involved and those who came to support the event.

Approved Farming Connect Training Provider

Engage Training is delighted to be confirmed as an approved training provider for the Farming Connect Lifelong Learning and Development Programme. Engage is able to offer a wide range of training & assessment across 3 categories: Transformation, Technical and Machinery & Equipment Use with full course information found on our website. This means that eligible […]

Deputy Minister Skills and Technology Julie James AM visit Bridgend College

‘Spread the word of apprenticeships’ Deputy Minister of Skills and Technology tells Bridgend College apprentices. Thursday (21st Jan) saw the welcomed visit of Deputy Minister of Skills and Technology, Julie James AM who took time out of her busy schedule to visit current and former apprentices from Bridgend College. At the College’s Pencoed Campus, where a […]