Bridgend College is a further education college based in Bridgend, Wales. Founded in 1928 as the Bridgend Mining and Technical Institute, the college today has four campuses in Bridgend, Pencoed, Queens Road and Maesteg.
Bridgend College is a special place to learn and work. We want to create an inclusive environment which enables people to be innovative and passionate about what they do. We want to create inspirational opportunities and make decisions which are people-centred, for every person and in every interaction.
We know that the standards we walk past are the standards we accept, so by being a team player who is committed to our organisational values, we can ensure that everyone is ready to learn and work in an environment where they are respected and feel safe and able to be all that they can be.
SIMON PIROTTE OBE
Simon joined Bridgend College as Principal and CEO in June 2013, moving the college from the worst performing FE college in Wales with bleak financial prospects, to one of the top performing colleges in the UK. In 2019, the college was named the Times Educational Supplement UK College of the Year. The college ranked 24th in the Times Top 100 best not-for-profit companies to work for in 2020, the highest ranked educational organisation in the UK for that category.
Under Simon’s leadership, the college also achieved the rare ‘double excellent’ rating from Her Majesty’s inspectorate Estyn. Inspectors wrote “the principal provides inspiring leadership that has had a significant impact on the transformation of the college” More recently, the college achieved gold for the second consecutive year in the Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index; recognition of the college’s important journey to place people at the heart of every decision and every interaction.
Learning Resource Advisor
I began my journey with Bridgend College in August 2019. After taking an extended period of maternity leave, returning to work was a pretty frightening prospect.
I needed to find a position that worked around school and I also needed somewhere that understood that having a child with Autism would at times require an additional level of understanding and flexibility.
From day one Bridgend College has been nothing short of wonderful for me and my family. I am lucky to be working in the same place as my husband and between us and the college we have a fantastic system in place that allows us to work around our son.
During the lockdown period of the pandemic we were always told that we were to do only what we were able and that family was a priority. I was never pressured while having to homeschool an already confused and anxious child. I was supported by my line manager at all times and she continues to be supportive.
This has all made for a very happy working environment where I feel valued and that I matter.
I relocated to Wales to joined Bridgend College in 2016 and I can honestly say that it was and continues to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. I feel incredibly fortunate to work for an organisation where I feel safe, supported and able to be authentic.
I am proud to be part of our equality, diversity and inclusion steering group, chaired by our CEO. The group are committed to understanding how we can continue to develop into an even more people-centred and inclusive organisation.
One of my proudest moments of working at Bridgend College was joining together with other LGBTQ+ staff and allies to participate in the Pride Cymru parade in the Welsh capital. It was a real sense of unity, belonging and care - Bridgend College is a special place to work.
As an LGBTQ+ senior leader within the organisation, I feel a sense of honour and responsibility to positively role model and support our staff and students to live out our mission statement - to be all that you can be. I want people to feel included and to be recognised for their diverse thinking and insights, which in turn makes Bridgend College such a great place to learn and work.
Gian Thomell Jimenez
Health, Safety and Sustainability Officer
After working in bedside healthcare for many years, I decided to change my career to pursue a profession in the field of health, safety and sustainability. In 2016, after graduating with a degree in Environmental Health, Bridgend College offered me an excellent opportunity as a trainee Health, Safety and Sustainability Officer. I now feel happy whenever I wake up for work each morning, which is mainly due to the team of people I work with at Bridgend College; the supportive environment is such a positive place to work.
Being of Southeast Asian descent and my country of birth is the Philippines, I have unfortunately experienced racism in many of my previous work places. However, I can honestly say that the staff at Bridgend College welcomed me with open arms and I feel truly respected by my colleagues; they are inclusive and supportive. Despite missing my country of origin, Bridgend College is the first work place where I feel ‘at home’ as I don't feel out of place due to the honest and empathetic nature of the working culture.
I take pride in my work at Bridgend College, especially in the field of health, Safety and sustainability, as I feel I am contributing to the success and well being of the staff and learners.
This organisation has helped to build my confidence by empowering me through support and knowledge.