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As one of the largest employers in Bridgend County Borough, we’re always on the lookout for new talent at Bridgend College to educate, inspire, and support our learners to be all that they can be.

Here you will find lots of resources and information about potential opportunities with us in lecturing, learning support, or business support.

Here are some resources you may find helpful:

Join our Talent Pool

We look for motivated and innovative individuals who want to work for an organisation where they are encouraged to be themselves and continuously develop. Our mission is to ‘Be All That You Can Be’ – and we really mean it! If you think you have what it takes to join our award-winning College, submit your CV to our Talent Pool below. We’ll get in touch with you to discuss what roles may be suitable for you.
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    FAQs

    General:

    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.

    You will be automatically enrolled in the pension relative to your type of role.  Lecturers will be automatically enrolled in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, and support staff will be automatically enrolled in the RCT Local Government Pension Scheme.

    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!

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Teaching posts:

    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.

    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).

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Hear from our staff:

    In the latest staff survey, 98% of staff said they are happy to work at the College. View the videos and check out the testimonials below to see why our staff love being part of Bridgend College!

    Scott Morgan
    Digital Lead

    Cerys Rees
    HR Intern

    Jordan Forse
    Student Engagement Lead

    Amy Desmond-Williams
    Curriculum Manager

    Konrad Halabuda
    Digital Developer

    Jon Nottingham
    Active Wellbeing Lead

    Emma Williams
    HR Officer

    Kathryn Adams
    Learning & Development Advisor

    I’ve been employed at Bridgend College as a Project Coordinator since October 2020. I was quite nervous about starting a new job during a pandemic, I’m a social person and I was a bit concerned about how easy it would be for me to get to know my new colleagues and settle in when I couldn’t meet anybody in person. But from the word go, everybody was so welcoming and the induction processes and structures were so supportive so I never felt lonely or concerned about any aspect of the new role.

    In my 15 year career, I have to say that Bridgend College is the best employer I’ve ever had. I’ve never felt so supported and I’ve never felt quite so much as part of a work family. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work here.

    Liz Rees
    Project Coordinator 

    Working at Bridgend College has given me many opportunities, both personally and professionally, to help develop my skills as a Student Engagement Lead and as an hourly paid lecturer in Music. The College is a very staff centred and supportive environment. The College is innovative and enterprising in its approach to education, always finding new ways to engage, motivate and support learners in their journey with us. I really enjoy working at the College, because of its community feel. Staff are friendly, welcoming, and are always encouraging you to push yourself to be the best that you can be.

    Nicole Talmer
    Student Engagement Lead and Music Lecturer

    When I moved back to Wales in 1998, I had a degree and experience as a marketing supervisor, PA to a director, and pub administrator. However, my experiences in the job market were now strongly affected by the fact I’d had a stroke. After applying for a job as a receptionist I was told my degree didn’t count anymore as I was now handicapped. None of my experiences were positive.

    Such was my experience until I applied for a job at Bridgend College. My handicap has never been a disadvantage. In the twenty years that I have worked here, I have felt supported and valued and I’ve also obtained a further two degrees and a masters. My job has changed to maximise the use of my skill set.

    The College has supported me when I’ve needed it, providing counselling, and always listened when I’ve had reasons to be unhappy. The College is passionate not only about its students but its staff too, and I like to think that I’m one of those who has blossomed under this ethos. We don’t get these employment awards for nothing;they are there to demonstrate that we do our best for the people who work with us. If you’re applying for a job, I hope to meet you soon.  

    Karen Henderson
    Learner Journey Assistant 

    My journey at Bridgend College began in 1999 when I enrolled on the PgCE. I secured some teaching hours teaching A Level Law at Maesteg Campus and have been at Bridgend College ever since! Initially I was teaching A Level Law in the evening, then I progressed to being Course Tutor for the Forensic Science course and now I am one of the Programme Leaders for the PgCE.

    A further role I have in the college is as a Teaching and Learning Coach. As a team of Coaches, our role is to ensure that excellent teaching and learning takes place within the College. We do this by supporting and mentoring new and existing members of staff. We offer 1-2-1 support to individuals and teams, and provide bespoke support in areas including digital technology, behaviour management and teaching and learning strategies. This is invaluable to us all, as it ensures that there is always someone there to support and help you in your role.

    Bridgend College is a very special place to work. We all share the same values and ethos – staff and learner wellbeing and support is second to none and is at the core of everything we do. We always talk of the special culture at Bridgend College and it is true; I have never worked anywhere where I feel so supported and valued.

    Bridgend College is truly extraordinary in everything that it does. I am so proud to work for an organisation that lives and breathes its values. I love coming to work everyday and I can’t imagine working anywhere else!

    Sara Davies
    Lecturer, PgCE Programme Leader and Teaching & Learning Coach

    I started at the beginning of April 2020, during the COVID lockdown. During the lockdown, the College has been proactive with arranging wellbeing courses for staff, which has helped greatly.

    Other social activities have included weekly quiz nights through online meeting appointments where I have got to know other colleagues and the areas they work in. I have been attending weekly zoom Yoga classes with a professional tutor from Cardiff University, which has helped too.

    Even in a pandemic, the College has been proactive and very supportive to its staff and students.

    Richard Kadim
    Technician in Robotics and Automation Engineering

    I started a new role as Careers Leader at Bridgend College in 2018. I have had a fantastic journey and have been encouraged to try new approaches and supported to make many changes from an innovative and forward thinking senior management.

    In addition the College is extremely supportive and holds wellbeing as paramount for both staff and learners – this can be witnessed throughout the college culture, through interactions with colleagues, discussions in meetings, and in policies and procedures.There are also many opportunities to learn and develop with a number of designated CPD days which are creatively and carefully planned, as well as individual encouragement to develop through personal CPD.

    I was made to feel welcome from Day 1 and have never really looked back. I have worked in a number of places and have never really experienced the genuine amount of support, kindness, but also positive drive to be the best, as I have at Bridgend College.

    Steve Jones
    Careers Leader

    I joined the College as an Apprentice in the HR team in 2017. I had just completed my degree but I felt “stuck” as I knew I wanted to work in HR but didn’t have much work experience to enable me to start my career.

    I saw the Apprenticeship opportunity online and thought it would be perfect for me to learn ‘on the job’ whilst working towards the recognised HR qualification. Although it was challenging balancing a steady workload in the office and completing assignments and my work-based portfolio at the same time, it gave me everything I needed to kick-start my career.

    Upon completion of the apprenticeship, there was an opportunity to stay in the team as an HR Assistant, and following this, I applied for an HR Officer role within the team and was fortunate enough to be successful. My journey at Bridgend College has been both enjoyable and challenging, and I have a lot to thank Bridgend College for.

    Lucy Webb
    HR Officer