Bridgend College host prestigious awards ceremony for learners.

We were extremely proud to hold our biggest event of the year, the 2018 Annual Awards Ceremony, at the Best Western Heronston Hotel in Bridgend at the end of June.

It was an evening to celebrate the achievement of learners from the 2017-2018 academic year and to recognise everyone who has played a role in their success such as parents, guardians, family and of course, the College staff.

In addition to the many award sponsors, the College were delighted that Sony UK Technology Centre, Pencoed was the main event sponsor yet again for 2018, along with being sponsor of the Award for Learner of the Year in Sport.

We welcomed Carwyn Jones, First Minister for Wales and local AM to Bridgend to the Ceremony, who congratulated and praised the learners on their wonderful success.

Of the 23 learners receiving highly regarded departmental awards, 2 learners also achieved additional awards which were announced on the night. Jessica Roach, Learner of the Year in Construction received the award for Commitment to Study whilst Ben Harries, winner of the Art, Design and Media Award received the overall College Learner of the Year Award.

At 26, Jessica is the only female studying on the full time Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing at Bridgend College whilst Ben has come a long way with his studies since leaving school.


Ben commended the College by saying, “The support and motivation I’ve received from the College is what has got me to where I am today and I would like to thank all the staff for this.”

Jessica’s tutor said that she is “one of the highest performing learners on her course and has proved to be an inspiration to her peers at the College.”


This is a terrific achievement for both learners, both being described by their tutors as exceptional students who have achieved so much in the past year. Jessica now hopes to open her own plumbing business in the near future and Ben will begin a degree in Photography and Video at the prestigious Ulster University this September.

Learners from the College’s Performing Arts department opened the event with a song from their summer production of Legally Blonde. They closed the event with a fantastic rendition of‘ This Is Me’ from The Greatest Showman.

Thanks and appreciation was given on the night to the following award sponsors:

  • AllSigns Visual Communications Ltd
  • Best Western Heronston Hotel & Spa
  • Bridge FM Radio
  • Bridgend College Day Nursery
  • Business in Focus
  • Easyway Minibus Hire Ltd
  • Engage Training
  • Full Circle Education
  • Gilmor Hair & Beauty Products
  • Graham Paul Chartered Accountants
  • Halo Leisure
  • Howells Network Systems Ltd
  • JEHU Group
  • Mark Jermin Stage School & Jermin Productions
  • Renishaw
  • University of South Wales
  • Sony UK Technology Centre, Pencoed


We would like to congratulate each learner once again for their achievements and wish to thank Sony UK Technology Centre, Pencoed for being the event sponsor once again.