About Us

About Us

We work with students and employers to enhance careers education, promote work-related opportunities and enable talent pipelines to business.

Cyfleoedd builds upon our wider college mission statement, enabling our students to ‘be all that they can be’ by preparing and supporting them to achieve, progress and gain meaningful paid career opportunities.

We want to ensure that our students have both the aptitude and interpersonal skills to effectively communicate and add value within the workplace.

Partnership opportunities with local and national businesses enable us to expose students to the world of work and ensure they are able to develop and build their personal brand within the open employment market. We are committed to supporting micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

What we can do for you

We want to prepare and support students to achieve, progress and gain meaningful paid career opportunities.

We provide an innovative and collaborative workspace to enable students and employers to connect.

Working with employers, we aim to enhance careers education, promote work-related opportunities and enable talent pipelines to business.

Advice & Guidance

We give free and impartial advice on your next steps after college. We can help with:

  • Preparing you to write your CV
  • Preparing for a job interview
  • Gaining work experience
  • Choosing subjects or courses for your next step
  • Meeting employers you might like to work with in the future
  • Finding job/apprenticeship opportunities
  • Starting your own business by gaining enterprise skills

The Team

Steve Jones

As Careers Leader in the College, I manage the careers team and lead on the careers programme. I work with a range of businesses in relation to recruitment, skills gaps and industry needs, as well as ensuring students have access to the best local opportunities to engage with employers.

I have experience of advising education providers with their careers programme and I have supported many students and adults into successful career paths.

Abigail Bassie

My background sits within professional coaching and teaching which stemmed from the completion of my PCET and a strong passion for guiding individuals. As a BA graduate, I have studied and worked within the creative industry my whole life, which has enabled a fresh spin on all things employability!

My aim is to inspire young people to realise their full potential and use their transferable skills, whilst enhancing their opportunities for education and employment.

I want my students to feel supported throughout the whole employability process, by adapting tools and techniques to fit each learning need, whilst nurturing a feeling of optimism when talking ‘next steps’.

Stefanie Cunningham

I have worked at Bridgend College for 7 years. After beginning work as our Receptionist, and progressing to Student Services, I’m thrilled to now be a Careers & Employment Coach.

I am a fluent Welsh speaker and passionate about giving our students opportunities in both Welsh and English. I have a strong passion for guiding individuals to be the best they can be and am currently working towards my Level 4 Advice and Guidance qualification.

Ruth Rowe

I am passionate about supporting learners to develop their enterprise skills and fulfil their entrepreneurial aspirations.

I work with learners on a one-to-one basis to ensure they have all the support they need to succeed throughout their business journey. My qualifications include an M.A. in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education and I am an I.E.E.P. fellow. I was a business adviser for seven years before joining Bridgend College as the Entrepreneurship Officer.

Louise John

After completing my history degree at Swansea University, I began my career as a Recruitment and Training Consultant, working with various professional industries and the local community.

I then joined Sony UK Technology Centre, where I worked as their Visits Co-ordinator for the schools programme, which entailed organising and delivering visits and school events. I also worked at The Royal Mint Experience as a Tour Guide.

All of my past experiences have led me to my role as a Careers and Employment Coach within the Cyfleoedd team and I am delighted to be helping students on their career path and to support and encourage them wherever possible.

Debra Watkins

I am delighted to be working within Cyfleoedd as Careers and Employment Coach, following nearly a year in the Engineering Department as Work Placement Officer.

With nearly twenty years experience within the education sector, I am passionate in helping students achieve their goals. I am really looking forward to the new challenge and working with such a great team.

Bethan Howells

I am so excited to join the Cyfleoedd Team as a Careers and Employment Coach.

I am currently studying for my BA hons degree in Youth and Education studies and I am a mum of 3 beautiful children. Life skills and experience has definitely helped me to pursue my ambition of working within Careers.

My background has been Coaching and Training individuals to be the best that they can be within their job role. The skills and experience that I have gained over the last 20 years have helped me to get to this point in my career. I feel that I can support and encourage students along their career journey and I can’t wait to see them all progress and reach their goals!

Ffion Lewis

I joined the college three years ago after graduating from my MSc and have had a number of different roles here already, most notably being a lecturer in Animal Care and Agriculture.  I have recently joined the Cyfleoedd team as a Careers and Employment Coach and am loving the new challenges it brings.

Although my background is in animal health, welfare and behaviour, it was during my PGCE I found that my passion lay in encouraging the students to fulfill their potential – whether that is through helping engage them in the classroom or supporting them to pursue their career goals.

Rhian Duke

I joined the Cyfleoedd team in August and I am absolutely loving the experience.

My background is in Beauty Therapy. I have worked in various roles and have been self employed whilst also raising my two children.

I am currently working towards my PcET teaching qualification and I teach part time for the college.
As a Careers Coach I get the chance to work with individuals and help them reach their full potential. The advice and guidance we offer can make a huge difference for the futures of so many people.

Jonathan Powell

I joined the Cyfleoedd team in November as an Admin Assistant as part of the Kickstart Scheme and I am thrilled to join the team.

My background is in ICT after completing a Level 1 course and Creative Media as I studied Media Level 1 and Level 2 at Bridgend College prior to my employment which covered a range of areas including video/audio editing, graphic design and photography.

I’m very passinate about being creative and I look forward to the new experiences and challenges in my new role.

Employers we work with:

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Contact Us

We aim to help you explore career opportunities to achieve, progress and gain meaningful paid employment.

Have any questions or need more information?

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01656 302 302