• BJBF Team

The Better Jobs, Better Futures programme also includes the ‘Futures’ family – a suite of activities providing employability support to Gower College Swansea students

  • The ‘Futures Academy’, which aims to improve employability outcomes for A level students who choose not to progress to Higher Education at the end of their course. The Academy delivers a programme of activities designed to develop an individual employment pathway for each student, with the aim of progressing straight into employment or an apprenticeship on completion of their A level studies.
  • Satellite ‘Futures Hubs’ offering drop-in employability advice and support at the Tycoch and Gorseinon campuses.
  • Bespoke employability support tailored to the needs of individual learning areas, such as ‘Accounting Futures’, Creative Arts Employer Mentoring Scheme, and ‘ABMU Futures’ for ILS students.
  • Development of a full-time pre-employment ‘Futures’ programme designed for young people seeking an immediate transition into employment or an apprenticeship.

The programme also includes specific strands of pilot activity aimed at:

  • Supporting offenders pre and post-release through the Swansea Prison Employability Pilot project.
  • Providing ESOL and Essential Skills learners with enhanced employability support in partnership with local Jobcentre Plus.

Additional targeted activities will be added to the Better Jobs, Better Futures suite over time as and when needs and opportunities arise.

Meet our Futures Team

Futures Hubs

The ‘Futures Hubs’ are part of the ‘Better Jobs, Better Futures’ programme and are exclusively available to Gower College Swansea students. The hubs aim to support students to make a successful transition into employment through a combination of career-focused knowledge and skills, and one-to-one employability advice and support. They can also assist students in finding part-time employment whilst undertaking their studies at the college. Students can access the hubs on a drop-in basis (see details below) or via referral from a tutor.

Support is tailored to the individual student and is predominantly delivered on a one-to-one basis, though group sessions may be offered at times throughout the year. The types of support available include:

Employability skills and work readiness – job search skills, CV preparation, building confidence/motivation, work/life management skills

Work experience and work focus – identifying realistic and rewarding job/career goals, work trials and tasters, and focused work placements

Coaching and mentoring – continuous one-to-one support to engage learners and to identify and address risks/barriers to entering and maintaining employment

Job matching and recruitment brokerage – interview coaching, matching to existing/future job opportunities through intensive recruitment support for learners and employers

Wraparound support – facilitating access to specialist support to overcome practical barriers to accessing and maintaining employment, such as transport, childcare, caring responsibilities.

The hubs are available during term-time and are located in the library at the Tycoch and Gorseinon campuses on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9.30am and 4.00pm. Outside of term-time students can access support at the college’s Kingsway Centre (click here for directions and opening hours) or by contacting 01792 284450 / futureshub@gcs.ac.uk.