Investing in our staff

The College believes in recruiting and investing in top quality staff to provide the best services and learning opportunities to its students.

Therefore, once appointed, we want you to be able to realise your potential by providing a supportive environment in which you are encouraged to develop your skills and abilities.

Investor in people, staff development and professional memberships

The College is an Investor in People organisation which demonstrates our commitment to developing and training our staff, supporting them to achieve career goals and preparing them for new responsibilities. We currently spend more than £200,000 a year on an extensive staff development programme, including external and internal courses, workshops and conferences. All staff are encouraged to participate in staff development activties, which may include workplace seminars run by experienced and knowledgeable specialist staff and facilitated workshops. Staff are also encouraged to achieve literacy and numeracy qualifications at Level 2, and teacher training qualifications. All teaching, training and instructing staff are required to register with the Institute for Learning (lfL) within six months of commencing work in the FE sector. Full details will be provided on appointment (where appropriate).

Induction Programme

When you start work at Bridgwater College, you will be invited to attend an induction programme. This will be invaluable for learning about the College, its structure, the facilities available to staff, where to go for help and, above all, for meeting other staff. Along with support from your line manager, you will also be allocated a mentor who will assist you in settling into the College and be there for you to ask questions as often as you feel necessary.

Progress and Performance

Your first six months of employment form an induction period during which your performance will be closely monitored by your manager. Formal review meetings will take place at three months and six months and these will provide an opportunity to discuss your progress and performance and to agree any development needs. Staff are encouraged to discuss any concerns or problems with their line manager at the earliest opportunity to ensure assistance and solutions can be identified. After the induction period you will also participate in an annual appraisal process, which is designed to identify and agree work objectives which support the College's mission along with any further training or support required.