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What is the annual leave entitlement?
Full-time lecturers have a holiday entitlement of 46 days per annum, and this would be on a pro-rata basis for fractional Lecturers based on working pattern. Hourly paid lecturers are given an annual leave entitlement payment on top of their hourly teaching rate for each hour of work undertaken.
Business support staff have a holiday entitlement of 28 days, which increases to 32 days after five years’ service, and this would be on a pro-rata basis for part-time support staff. Term time only staff have an annual leave entitlement payment included in their salary. Casual staff are given an annual leave entitlement payment on top of their hourly rate for each hour of work undertaken.
Management annual leave entitlement is 37 days.
What is the Talent Pool?
At Bridgend College, we are always on the lookout for fresh new talent. If you join our Talent Pool, we will get in touch with you to discuss your CV, including your industry and/or teaching experience, potential opportunities to join our team, and in what capacity. This could be the start of your journey with Bridgend College!
Do you offer flexible working options?
We value flexibility and we like to assist with a work-life balance as much as possible. With regards to lecturing positions, the working pattern will be dependent on the fixed timetables, so from this aspect, flexibility is more limited. Hourly paid lecturing positions are flexible as you do not have to accept any hours that are offered to you if the hours aren’t convenient, and so can be worked around other commitments.
In light of current events, due to the challenges and risks associated with Coronavirus COVID-19, all face-to-face delivery in the College was paused in March and moved online. Going forward into the next academic year, there may be a requirement for a mixture of classroom-based and online delivery.
Will there be any learning and development / CPD opportunities?
We are committed to continuing professional development and ensuring we can facilitate you to ‘be the best that you can be’. We recognise the importance of learning to the success of the College and the investment in your development. We believe that our students deserve a service from you that includes being competent and appropriately trained to do your job effectively.
We all take responsibility for our own personal development, we want you to be appropriately equipped to do the very best job you possibly can. Learning new skills will be a key part of your role and you’ll be supported by the HR Learning and Development Team, as well as your manager.
We have an online portal that can be accessed at all times, with many different courses, tutorials, and webinars on a wide range of topics. We also encourage staff to attend courses that will enhance their knowledge and competence in their role. We hold regular CPD days throughout the academic year, each with a different focus. These CPD days consist of varied sessions with external and internal speakers and specialists, which you can choose from depending on what you feel would be most beneficial for you.
What are the values and culture at Bridgend College?
We provide a very welcoming and highly inclusive environment where staff and students from all backgrounds feel safe and well supported.
Our mission statement is: Be all that you can be.
Our values are defined as the following: People-Centered. Inspirational. Passionate. Innovative. Inclusive. Team player.
Our students and staff are part of a dynamic, diverse, and creative community that embraces our learning values, which are to: Be Ready. Be Respectful. Be Safe.
Bridgend College is an inspiring place and we are looking for inspirational people to join our talented team. We are no longer happy with being excellent; we are now on a journey to become extraordinary.
Is there any support for employee wellbeing?
We all have a vital role to play in making the College a success, and supporting staff to maintain their health and wellbeing is important to us. We want the College to be a place where you can thrive and prosper.
There is a lot of support available at the College regarding health and wellbeing, and we recently achieved the Gold Award status in the Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index 2020, which recognises our commitment to workplace wellbeing.
Bridgend College uses the Employee Assistance Programme ‘Care First’ that can be accessed by all staff 24/7 for information, advice, counselling and support over the phone or online on a variety of topics. We also have a counselling referral service and a Staff Wellbeing Officer within the HR Team.
We also hold Wellbeing CPD days and events for all staff, with local partners, to make a more positive impact on their own health and wellbeing, both mental and physical.
Bridgend College was recently placed 24th in the Sunday Times Best Companies List in the Top 100 Best Not For Profit Organisations to Work for – the highest-ranked educational establishment in the category listing. This is a positive jump from 28th position in 2017, proving that we at Bridgend College have made significant improvements to workplace engagement and that we really are striving to be all that we can be.
Equality and Diversity
Our values, generated by our people, include being a team player, being inclusive, and being people-centered. Bridgend College is committed to improving representation from all sections of the community within its workforce.
Bridgend College is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity and to diversity in everything it does. Bridgend College embraces diversity and will seek to promote the benefits of diversity in all of our activities.
We ensure that recruitment and selection decisions are based on merit alone and applicants who are appointed are suitably qualified and skilled.
We are also a Disability Confident Leader employer and part of this means a commitment to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities. We also strive to ensure reasonable adjustments can be put in place to enable staff with disabilities to be all that they can be in work.
In addition, annual reporting of the Gender Pay Gap is undertaken to recognise and assess equality in the workplace, female and male participation, and how effectively talent is being maximised.
Do I need a PgCE to teach at Bridgend College?
No, you do not need a PgCE to begin teaching within colleges. We ask that you would be willing to complete a PgCE if you join us as a lecturer, but we would provide support for you to complete the qualification. Under the Further Education Teachers’ Qualifications (Wales) regulations, if you do not already hold a FENTO endorsed teaching qualification, you will be expected to achieve one within a specified time period. You will be required to achieve Stage 1 of the CERT Ed or PgCE within one year of the first available course after the appointment date.
What support is available for lecturers
Teaching and learning is at the heart of Bridgend College. Whether you are new to lecturing or not, there is a wide variety of support available for teaching staff. This includes a group of teaching and learning coaches who can provide 1-2-1 support to individuals/teams, provide bespoke support to a learning area, undertake informal peer observations, and deliver short “how-to” sessions. We also have teaching triangles, and mentorship and guidance from the Curriculum Team(s).
What would the salary for a lecturer be?
The salaries for lecturers within FE colleges in Wales are determined by a salary assessment based on the nationally agreed pay scales, which is conducted in line with the FE National Agreement for Starting Salaries in Wales and the FE Lecturer Salary Scales, to ensure that salaries are fair and consistent. This agreement allows consideration for qualifications, industry experience and teaching experience. You can find more information about FE pay scales here and the national contract agreement here.
What would the salary for a technician or other support staff be?
This is dependent on the role in question, however, all roles within the College for technicians and support staff are based on the APT&C salary scale. All roles have a salary scale attached to them which would also have a range of points. The point on the scale for any individual will be determined by experience and qualifications.
What is an hourly paid lecturer?
Hourly paid contracts are casual contracts whereby hours are offered on an ad hoc basis to fit the needs of the service and curriculum delivery and therefore may vary. Although a set amount of hours cannot be guaranteed from the offset, these contracts allow for flexibility and to also build up teaching experience. Hourly paid lecturers are paid an hourly rate for each hour of work undertaken inclusive of an uplift for preparation and marking, as well as an annual leave payment entitlement. The hourly rate is based on the full-time equivalent salary.
For hourly paid lecturers, we strive to give advance notice of hours that become available for teaching as soon as possible. However, there may be occasions when you will be contacted at short notice e.g. to cover lessons due to absence.
Which subjects are delivered at Bridgend College?
Head over to our main website to view a full list of the courses delivered at Bridgend College to see if any fit with your area of interest and expertise.