Coleg y Cymoedd

Enrolment for College is now open. Please visit the College website to look at courses and to complete an application form.

If you need any support regarding your application, please e-mail Mrs L Walters at or alternatively e-mail Martin Jones from Coleg Y Cymoedd at

For Information on joining Coleg y Cymoedd, please click the link below.

Information from 6th Forms will be updated here as soon as we receive it from our Post 16 schools.

Please see the link above for anyone that missed Coleg y Cymoedd live event.

The next open event is on the 25th of March 2021 between 4.30pm and 6.30pm

Principal’s letter 9th March 2021

Careers Wales

Careers Wales Information Booklet

The link below goes to the 16+ options section on the Careers Wales website.

Gives a general overview of the options/pathways available, after Year 11

This has recently been added. It links school subjects directly to possible careers with that subject.

 In addition to Coleg Y Cymoedd, here is a link to Bridgend College also – Particularly as courses such as Animal Care are offered at Pencoed;

Upcoming Employer Events – Upcoming Employer Events (Jan 21)


During 9, 10 and 11 March, Careers Wales is hosting a series of digital events across Wales, to help young people make decisions about their future.

Careers Wales is pleased to invite you and your pupils to the Choose Your Future South digital event.  This free, careers event is aimed at pupils in years 9 and above and will focus on priority sectors across south Wales, including:-

·       Advanced materials and manufacturing

·       Compound semi-conductors

·       Construction

·       Creative

·       Digital technology

·       Foundation health and social care

This will be a great opportunity for pupils to hear from industry experts, find out more about the world of work and take part in live Q&As with local employers.

The event will be available through Microsoft Teams.  All you have to do is click on the link to join the live session on the day. You may have to download the Teams app to watch the sessions on your phone or tablet.

You can attend this or any of the other events taking place across Wales.  Check out what’s happening and save the dates in your diary.

Choose Your Future South Check out the sessions running in South Wales.
Choose Your Future West  Check out the sessions running in West Wales.
Choose Your Future North Check out the sessions running in North Wales.
Choose Your Future Powys and Ceredigion  Check out the sessions running in Powys and Ceredigion.

For more information head over to

Are you ready for Your Future Festival?

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has left us all concerned and vulnerable, and you may be wondering about what your options are. But, we understand that employment opportunities, education and training is important to you, even more so now than ever. So, we’re working with former BBC Radio 1 DJ, Huw Stephens, and the Welsh Government to bring a virtual open day to you.

Your Future Festival is an opportunity to understand your options after school, whether that’s sixth form, college, university, or the world of work.

You may know what you want to do next, but want some guidance on how to get there, or you might just need to hear all the options

available to you, before making those all-important decisions.

So, if you need a helping hand deciding on your next steps in education, or simply want to understand more about your options, and how you make those dreams happen, book your ticket to Your Future Festival today.

To find out how you can book your ticket for Your Future Festival, head

over to, follow Working Wales on Facebook and @WorkingWales on Twitter or call Working Wales on 0800 028 4844.


On Wednesday the 10th of February between 10am – 5pm, RCTCBC’s Employment, Education and Training Team will be hosting our very first Virtual Careers Fair.

The event coincides with National Apprenticeship Week and will include over 30 organisation with live general, apprenticeship and graduate vacancies on the day.

The Careers Fair is hosted on the VFairs platform which offers a unique and interactive experience for attendees. There will also be a catalogue of pre-recorded webinars on topics such as application and interview skills, further and higher education, and many more.

The event is free to access and will be available for 30 days afterwards too. To sign up and access the event visit;-

We’re hosting a Parent/Guardian Information Session next Thursday (04/03/2021) at 5.00pm via Microsoft Teams Live Events. The session is open to parents of pupils of all ages and will focus on pathways and careers but with particular relevance to GCSE Options, The New Curriculum and Labour Market Information. The session will be live to allow for questions & answers but will also be recorded and available for 30 days following the event. I would really appreciate it if you could share this with parents/guardians.

Please note, Live Events works best through Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers.

I have also attached joining instructions for laptops/PCs and mobile devices.




Google Classroom

Please find a guide on how to access google classroom for any blended learning that will take place.

Google Classroom – Pupil Guide PDF

Virtual Work Experience

VWE Schedule

VWE Sign Up Instructions

VWE Extension Notice

Chartered Institute of Maketing – Marketing Virtual Work Experience February 2021

Vodafone – Innovators Virtual Work Experience

Law Virtual Work Experience

Teaching Virtual Work Experience

Nestlé – Employability Skills Programme

Finance Virtual Work Experience

BT – Insight Day

Journalism Virtual Work Experience

All of these opportunities are completely free to students (and always will be) – they can use any of the links above to create their free account and apply.

Options Support from Careers Wales

Year 9 Options Information-Careers Wales

Greetings from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Do you have a passion, a talent, or both in the arts. By that, we mean the performing arts naturally but also you might be studying subjects that lend themselves to careers in the production side of the arts, in theatre, television and film.  

We offer courses in music, drama, design, set design, costume design, model and puppetry craft, scenic construction, and stage management. 

We would like to raise awareness about the opportunities highlighted below.  Drama, Music but also Art and Design, and Design and Technology.  We have new courses starting in BA (Hons) Musical Theatre and a Foundation Degree, at pre-degree level, in Scenic Construction, and would love to hear from you. Please contact us at

Armed Forces Virtual Workshops

The Regional Engagement Team (Wales), are delivering Virtual Microsoft Teams Military School based session on Wednesday mornings starting from 9 am – 10 am. Please find attached flyer with all the details required for you to join us.


Subject examples

Your Armed Forces of today
Values and Standards of the British Army
STEM – Engineering
Discipline in the Field
Core Values
Information Technology

Virtual Work Experience

Join our virtual work experience event for your chance to experience first-hand what it’s like to be in the Army.  We’ll demonstrate Army fitness standards, talk to you about the science behind rations, show you how to pack a Bergen and share with you many other Military lessons during the session!  You’ll also have the chance to speak to serving soldiers about Army life and the many roles available.

Register now for our live Adobe Connect event.

Tuesday 16th February 13:00 – 16:00

Ever thought about joining the Army? Or are you an organisation that is supporting someone who would benefit from experiencing what a career in the Army has to offer?  Hear from serving soldiers about what it’s like to learn skills, take on initiative tests, watch demonstrations and take part in military lessons. Explore the latest Army kit and equipment. Ask questions about travelling the world, having everyday adventures, and pushing yourself to do things you never thought possible.

Get in touch with your local Movement to Work point of contact and they will provide you with more information. Alternatively get in touch with us directly for details about the event and to secure your work experience place:

This is your chance to speak to serving soldiers about life in the Army. They’ve travelled the world, trained among the strongest in the country and have experienced first-hand the benefits of becoming a soldier in the British Army.

Visit our work experience page for more information and find out how to build a successful career in the Army:

The Renishaw virtual work experience application is now open. 120 places available

More information and the application form can be found here:-

Work experience weeks (

Please see below another opportunity for work experience placements that may be of interest to you:

HSBC UK Work Experience Programme

The UK Work Experience Programme is for students looking for a work experience placement with a leading global bank. The programme provides opportunities to gain some hands-on experience, develop your knowledge of banking and financial services, and explore the careers available at HSBC in the UK. Students should note that this is an unpaid work experience programme.

For: Full-time secondary school or college students
Duration: One week
Areas: Commercial Banking, Compliance, Digital, Global Banking & Markets, Human Resources, Marketing, Procurement, Wealth and Personal Banking


South Wales

All the locations available for the HSBC Work Experience Programme within the South Wales region are listed below.

Cardiff, Cwmbran, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Swansea

Applications open: Applications are currently open
Applications close: 31 January 2021

Who can apply?

This programme is aimed at those in the later years of full-time secondary, sixth form or college education who are keen to get an introduction to what a career in financial services may be like.

The Work Experience opportunities will be available through June to August 2021. Specific details regarding each opportunity are available when you apply.

To be considered for the programme, you will:

Be in full-time education either at secondary school, sixth form or college at the time of the work experience commencing
Be keen and motivated to find out more about HSBC and to be prepared to complete the application process, which will include some online questions and if successful, a telephone interview

Welsh Apprenticeship Alliance

In partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Welsh Government, we help young people gain professional careers in civil engineering starting at either BTEC Level 3 (with NVQ Level 3) straight after GCSE’s or at HNC Level 4 (with NVQ Level 4) after A Levels.  As part of the alliance, the apprentices will work full-time with either private or public sector organisations (fully funded) and work towards their degree.  Due to working so closely with the ICE, the apprentices gain their professional development also, and will eventually if they choose, become a chartered engineer. 

We have attached a flyer for you with some information on.

Apprenticeship Flyer_WAA 2021_updated

Local Apprenticeships that are available to apply for now- with start dates of September 2021:–6876

RCT Resources

Adnoddau Covid19 Resources – Dec 2020

Tonyrefail Sixth Form Open Evening

Please find the attached letter from Tonyrefail School for pupils wishing to attend their sixth form virtual open evening.

TCS Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening Information 2021

Pupils can access the virtual open evening via our website –

It can also be accessed directly by clicking on this link.

The deadline for submitting an application to join Tonyrefail Community School Sixth Form is 12.30pm on Friday, 5th March 2021.

Should you have any queries, pupils can email

Tonyrefail Community School are offering Q&A sessions for any prospective student to TCS for Year 12. This will run every Tuesday between 10.30-11 until half term. These are taking place through google meet. It is for students only.

If any students would like to speak to us this Tuesday 2nd February, they just need to click this link.

Please use your hwb e-mail to log in.

Update – Please find attached an important update from Tonyrefail Community School for those considering attending sixth form there


They have extended the application closing date to 12 noon, Friday 12th March.

They have also set up advertisement through a Facebook and Instagram page. These are below.

Y Pant 6th Form Open Evening

Y Pant 6th Form Open Evening – Porth

Please find attached two documents which will help you to make the most of our 6th form open evening on Wednesday 3rd February.



Use the Planning Your 6th Form Application document to help you organise your time on the night and decide which subjects to visit in each time slot.

The Y Pant 6th Form Open Evening Programme contains all the links you need; to the live Teams meetings, the video welcomes from staff and more detailed subject descriptions.

Please do not join any live meetings before 3:30pm on Wednesday.

All the information you need is contained within these two documents and the links to the school website, the application form and our YouTube channel.

We welcome questions at but please check the documents first.

We look forward to meeting you online!

Ms L Bunce

Assistant Headteacher – Y Pant


Treorchy Open event for Year 11 pupils

Treorchy are holding a virtual event, taking place on 11th February between 3pm and 5pm and pupils will have to the opportunity to attend sessions with subject and sixth form staff through live Teams meetings.  There will be opportunities to ask questions and to find out about all of our Level 2 and 3 provision.

Please see the attached flyer for details


RCT Careers Fair

Rhondda Cynon Taf online Careers Fair is on the 10th February and will  allow pupils to have encounters with employers.

Please see below link for details

RCT apprenticeships

UK university and apprenticeship search virtual fair

Following the success and popularity of our online events we are pleased to announce our next UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair will take place on Wednesday 16th June between 12 and 6pm (students can login anytime which suits).

The event for students in Years 13, 12, 11 and 10, will feature a multitude of university exhibitors and an updated range of vital webinars, including UCAS Personal Statement, Clearing, Choosing a Course, Degree Apprenticeships, Student Finance and Teacher/Parent support.

Register at:

Finally, we are happy to say that our Face to Face events will now be returning in the autumn. During September, October and November events will take place in Cardiff, Liverpool (date TBC) and Bristol. Please see our website for further details and let me know if you would like to book places or receive our information PDF.


Clarissa Ducie

Student Liaison Manager

UK University & Apprenticeship Search

Career Opportunities at HSBC

Insights Evening (for parents) – Opportunities & Diversity at HSBC 2nd June 18:30-19:30


Insights Day (for young people) – Opportunities & Diversity at HSBC 3rd June 12:00 – 16:00


Not all banks are the same. At HSBC, our people span many cultures, communities and continents. We are committed to facilitating their growth and enabling them to thrive both inside and outside of the organisation.


In the modern world, Diversity & Inclusion is such an important topic which, for many of you, will be a core driver in your early career decisions. We want to spotlight these themes, alongside detailing what opportunities are on offer at HSBC to help you think about your careers.


For parents & guardians, we would also like to get you involved as you will be influential in your child’s decision making.

Find Out More

Both of these events focus on Opportunities at HSBC and Diversity & Inclusion; providing a real insight into the people who make up our workforce, and why HSBC believes everyone can find a “perfect fit” irrespective of background.


Join us to hear from a series of panellists ranging from our own Careers team, ex-Apprentices, current Graduates and different D&I champions within HSBC


To Register


To register, please click the links below:


Parents event 2nd June


Students event 3rd June


Big Ideas Wales

Calling all young social entrepreneurs

BIW Start Something Good Social Enterprise Challenge Poster (1)

Careers in Property Development and Construction

On Wednesday 12th May we’re hosting an Insight to Careers in Property Development with FTSE 100 company Berkeley St Edward. Throughout the evening they will be taking us through the main components of their business: Property Development, Construction, Architecture, Interior Design.

Berkeley Group are a publicly-owned FTSE 100 company listed on the London Stock Exchange. They build beautiful, successful places, blending homes, parks and public realm with great facilities to create fantastic communities. They have built more than 19,200 homes in the last five years, across London, Birmingham and the South of England and have a very strong presence all across the UK.


Insight to Property Development:

·         Wednesday 12th May, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

·         Talks from leaders of the property development / construction / Architecture / Interior Design

·         An insight into a huge UK-based property developer, their different departments and areas of work

·         Get your questions answered by leading property development professionals

·         Open to all students Y10/ S3, Y11 / S4, Y12 / S5, Y13 / S5 & Y14 + University students


Application Link: