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 WaltersL111@hwbmail.net or alternatively e-mail Martin Jones from Coleg Y Cymoedd at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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)
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.
Please find a guide on how to access google classroom for any blended learning that will take place.
Virtual Work Experience
Chartered Institute of Maketing – Marketing Virtual Work Experience February 2021 https://www.springpod.co.uk/marketing-virtual-work-experience/
Vodafone – Innovators Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/vodafone-virtual-work-experience/
Law Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/law-virtual-work-experience/
Teaching Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/teaching-virtual-work-experience/
Nestlé – Employability Skills Programme https://www.springpod.co.uk/nestle-employability-skills-programme/
Finance Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/finance-virtual-work-experience/
BT – Insight Day https://www.springpod.co.uk/bt-insight-day/
Journalism Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/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
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 email@example.com
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.
Your Armed Forces of today
Values and Standards of the British Army
STEM – Engineering
Discipline in the Field
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: Thomas.Hicken100@mod.gov.uk
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: https://meet82224173.adobeconnect.com/ewm2dnv51xin/event/event_info.html
The Renishaw virtual work experience application is now open. 120 places available
More information and the application form can be found here:-
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
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.
Local Apprenticeships that are available to apply for now- with start dates of September 2021:
Tonyrefail Sixth Form Open Evening
Please find the attached letter from Tonyrefail School for pupils wishing to attend their sixth form virtual open evening.
Pupils can access the virtual open evening via our website – www.tcs.cymru
It can also be accessed directly by clicking on this link. https://spark.adobe.com/page/JfHWKnAMbcv5x/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com 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