Mayor and Mayoress make grand visit to Bridgend College.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bridgend County Borough Council visited Bridgend College on Thursday 8th of November.  

Cllr McCarthy met with Bridgend College graduate, Keiron Farr, to extend his congratulations on being awarded the title of ‘Business Student of the Year’ in Bridgend Business Forum’s annual awards in October. Keiron was also the winner of Bridgend College Fairwood Trust Enterprise Bursary in 2018.

The Forum’s awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate the best of the local business community, the winners of which were revealed at a glittering gala dinner and awards ceremony held at the Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel, Bridgend recently.

Over 220 business professionals attended the ceremony, including Carwyn Jones, AM for Bridgend and Patron of Bridgend Business Forum.

Hosted by BBC presenter and broadcaster, Sian Lloyd, Keiron was awarded ‘Business Student of the Year’ and was nominated by Bridgend College’s Enterprise Officer, Ruth Rowe.

Keiron began his journey at the College in 2010, where he studied a Foundation Degree in Performing Arts. After taking a break from this to pursue a Multi Skills Construction course at our Pencoed campus, he decided the field wasn’t for him so returned to Bridgend to re-start his Performing Arts course. Keiron was involved in a car accident and suffered horrific life-changing injuries during this time, which included a shattered skull and broken spine. 

During his recovery, Keiron re-evaluated his educational journey and decided to finish his Performing Arts course at the College. Despite the tough journey, Keiron successfully completed the course and is now studying for a BA Hons degree in Theatre and Drama with the University of South Wales at the Atrium in Cardiff.

Keiron is slowly coming to terms with the physical and mental effects of the accident, which includes managing his epilepsy daily, physical weakness and speech issues. But through a collaboration with Business in Focus in Tondu, Keiron has also been working on a new idea to set up his own business. This idea is focused on working with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people using a drama approach to encourage self-expression and confidence. Keiron believes that drama and music significantly helped in his recovery from his accident and now wants to help others less fortunate than himself.

During December, Keiron will be on placement at Bridgend College’s Independent Learning Support (ILS) department as part of his university course. He’s decided however to stay on at the ILS department voluntarily after his placement ends. Here, Keiron will be part of a media inclusive project which encourages engagement and progression through the form of the performing arts.

Keiron has proved to be an inspiration to his peers and his tenacity to overcome obstacles since his accident and was commended by both the Mayor and Mayoress. Cllr Jones and Mrs McCarthy were treated to coffee and cake at the Enterprise Hub at the College, followed by a tour of the Colleges ‘Cyfleoedd’ hub. 

Bridgend College thank the Mayor and Mayoress of Bridgend for their gracious visit.