Benefits and Wellbeing
Gower College Swansea aims to be an employer of choice in the region and as such we have developed a range of excellent staff benefits including:
A generous holiday entitlement
All business support staff will receive 28 days annual leave per year plus bank holidays.
Teaching staff will receive 46 days annual leave per year plus bank holidays.
All staff will also receive an additional five efficiency days to cover the Christmas closure period.
After five years’ service, staff are awarded with four additional annual leave days.
A considerate remuneration package
The College is committed to the aspirational living wage, ensuring all staff are paid a minimum of £9.30 an hour.
All salaries are offered on a salary scale with annual incremental progression. Salary awards are negotiated nationally so staff will receive an annual pay award ensuring our salaries remain competitive.
Career average pension scheme
We enrol all our staff onto one of two pension schemes: the Teacher’s Pension Scheme or the Local Government Pension Scheme. Both schemes are index linked career average schemes with the College making significant contributions. Both schemes have the added advantage of life insurance benefits and ill health retirement benefits.
We run annual pension seminars and mid-career financial planning seminars to help you plan for and get the most out of retirement.
The College takes the wellbeing of its staff extremely seriously and is proud to have achieved Bronze, Silver, and Gold Corporate Health Awards.
Wellbeing events and campaigns are continuously run throughout the year, including On Your Feet Britain, Stop Smoking Event, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Men’s Health Week.
All staff have access to an Employee Assistance Programme which provides a 24/7 counselling service and access to a legal helpline.
We also currently provide a free annual subscription to the Headspace Mindfulness app.
Substantially discounted gym membership
The Sport Centre at Tycoch has a fully equipped conditioning studio boasting tread climbers, treadmills, bicycles, free weights, rowing machines and elliptical trainers.
We have a power room and boxing area a multi-purpose sports hall and squash courts. In addition to this we offer a programme of classes including Spin, Circuits and Pilates at £2.50 a class.
All of this is offered for an extremely competitive annual membership fee of £60 per year.
Employee Assistance Programme
College staff have access to a confidential impartial advice and support service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service is free to staff to access whenever it is needed. The support provided includes legal and wellbeing advice as well as a counselling service.
- Flexible working
- Childcare voucher scheme
- Cycle to work scheme
- Healthcare cash plan
- Discounted study opportunities on College programmes
- Access to holistic and complementary therapy treatments and facilities.