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!
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.
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.
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.