Apprenticeship opportunities – open evenings

Published March 8, 2018 at 12:20

To celebrate Apprenticeship Week 2018 the Council is launching its new programme to start in September.

Information evenings are taking place with our managers showcasing the roles they have on offer. Last year’s events attracted more than 200 people.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has between 40 to 50 Apprentices working at any one time right across the organisation from Children’s Services and HR to Highways, Public Protection and everything in between.

Open evenings are taking place on:

  • Thursday, March 22nd at Witton City Learning Centre from 5.30pm to 8pm
  • Thursday, April 26th at Darwen Library Theatre from 5.30pm to 8pm

Our Chief Executive, Harry Catherall, started his career as a 16 year old Modern Apprentice at Tameside Council, and has since enjoyed a career spanning three decades.

85% of our Apprentices go on to secure further employment within the Council at the end of their training, with the rest taking up external opportunities.

There’s never a dull moment here – the work we do is continually changing as lots of things dictate our priorities and influence what activities we need to focus on, so no two days are ever the same.

Many people don’t realise the range of opportunities that exist within the Council from plumbers to carers to administrators to gardeners.

Harry Catherall said:

We really believe in our apprenticeship programme and we are really proud of all the apprentices at the Council. They have brought in new ideas, new ways of working and really benefitted the organisation.

We want to continue to provide opportunities the borough’s fantastic people and I hope anybody interested will pop in to one of the information sessions and have a chat with us.”


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