Virtual Jobs Fair

As one of the largest employers in Bridgend County Borough, we’re always on the lookout for new talent at Bridgend College.

We were pleased to host our very first Virtual Jobs Fair on 10 August to give an insight into working at the College.

If you missed the event, the information and resources are still available here for you, or please contact us: jobs@bridgend.ac.uk

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

Jordan Forse
Student Engagement Lead

Konrad Halabuda
Digital Developer

Emma Williams
HR Officer

Kathryn Adams
Learning & Development Advisor

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 calculated 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 5 years’ service, and this would be calculated 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 into the pension relative to your type of role. Lecturers will be automatically enrolled into the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, and Support Staff will be automatically enrolled into 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, how you could 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 which 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 and 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 will be supported by the HR Learning and Development team, as well as your manager.

We have an online portal which 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 which 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 Gold Award status in the Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index 2020, which recognises our commitment to workplace wellbeing.

With regards to supporting your wellbeing, Bridgend College uses the Employee Assistance Programme ‘Care First’ which 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 who works with individuals and managers to support people to stay well in work and support people back to work, with plans to meet individual needs.

The College holds 5 professional development days each year which are themed across various strands of its strategic plan. One strand is Wellbeing and, in 2019, we delivered a full day wellbeing conference for all staff and local partners to give them the skills and knowledge to make a more positive impact on their own health and wellbeing, both mental and physical.

We are a Disability Confident 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.

Bridgend College was recently placed 24th in the Sunday Times 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, at Bridgend College, we have made significant improvements to workplace engagement and that we really are striving to be all that we can be.

Teaching posts:

No, you do not need a PgCE to begin teaching within Colleges. We provide a lot of support to enable you to deliver to our students including Teaching and Learning Coaches. 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.

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, eg 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.

Here are some resources you may find helpful:

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