Training opportunities with Bridgend Communities First

Throughout the three cluster areas, Bridgend Communities First promotes family and adult learning, supports young people to do well at school, helps families to be engaged in their children’s education, raises adult career expectations and builds self confidence and self-esteem.


Bridgend Employment and Skills Project (BESP)

BESP address economic inactivity across Bridgend County Borough. It is funded to work with those not in education, employment or training aged 16-24 years, economically inactive adults aged 26-49 and the over 50s.

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Accredited courses and taster sessions

We deliver accredited taster courses to build confidence and support learners to think about progression routes to further learning or employment. A wide variety of courses are held throughout the year including food safety, first aid, child psychology, hair and beauty and lots more which often leads participants to additional learning.

Find out about our current and accredited courses and taster sessions by visiting our what’s on page >>>


Children and families

In the past year, Bridgend Communities First has supported nearly 900 children. Our Family Engagement Officers, Family Support Workers and Basic Skills Tutors work with referred children and their families to address issues such as poor behaviour, lack of parental support and engagement with school. After school clubs helps to engage pupils and their parents whilst improving their literacy and numeracy skills in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.


Working with over 50s

Bridgend Communities First also works with over 50s who are economically inactive members of the community. Our officers undertake initial basic skills assessments and offer support to address often extremely low confidence levels and self-esteem, to enable them to progess into more formal learning.

Find out about our activities and courses >>>


Contact us:

Upper Cluster:
Phil Jones – Lifelong Learning Officer
T: (01656) 642619 / 07792 663645
E: phil.jones@bridgend.gov.uk

Mid Cluster:
Jennifer Roberts – Lifelong Learning Officer
T: (01656) 643693 / 07815 525017
E: Jennifer.Roberts@bridgend.gov.uk

Lower Cluster:
Jessica Jones – Lifelong Learning Officer
T: (01656) 643634
E: Jessica.Jones@bridgend.gov.uk