Full STEAM ahead.

Bridgend College has announced ambitious plans to build a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Academy within the grounds of our Pencoed Campus in a bid to develop further employment and training opportunities in the region, in keeping with Welsh Government’s strategic priorities.

Principal and CEO, Simon Pirotte said ‘We are continually evaluating our curriculum and campuses to ensure that we are preparing our learners for an ever changing job market and we aim to give them the opportunities they so rightly deserve.

‘In certain areas, we know there is a skills shortage and we need to respond to this challenge.  We want our learners to progress to sustainable well paid employment – and that’s good for them, good for our communities and good for Wales. Our Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award win for Transferable Skills demonstrates the commitment to our learners and communities.’

Bridgend has a growing reputation in relation to manufacturing and technology with the area attracting key players such as Sony and CGI. The new build will include cutting edge technology and industry standard equipment.

The College which was judged as ‘double excellent’ in its most recent Estyn inspection and was ranked 28 in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For, sees this as an exciting development for the College and for Bridgend and the region.

This investment is one important piece of the jigsaw that makes up an ambitious strategy to see all partners in Bridgend Borough play an integral part in the regeneration of the area and the economic development of Wales during challenging times.

Alongside the impact this will have on our FE curriculum, this investment will also build on our significant growth in our highly successful Apprenticeship provision. The College has recently won Apprenticeship Provider of the Year (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and has excellent success in the Apprentice of the Year awards. Our innovative Apprenticeship partnership with TATA Steel goes from strength to strength, with TATA Steel winning Apprenticeship Employer of the Year. Many employers and universities are keen to develop further partnerships on the back of this facility and the College’s reputation.

The Academy will be more than just an educational establishment offering many benefits to the local community.