The start of your career

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

We have over 200 different kinds of roles and are the most diverse employer in the Borough. Many people don’t realise the range of opportunities that exist within the Council; including plumbers, carers, administrators and gardeners.

We are proud and committed to our apprenticeship programme and genuinely believe in it. We want to continue to provide opportunities to recruit young people from our very own borough. This ensures we keep encouraging new and fresh ideas, giving local opportunities to local people to do the best for our borough and help support our future.

Here is what our current apprentices say about working for us:

Sophie Turner: apprentice

Sophie Taylor: Community Care Grant Coordinator

“I’m really enjoying myself in Housing Needs, it’s such a big area and I feel like I’m learning loads. My team are great they’ve got such a good sense of humour and have been really supportive. If I’m struggling with something they take time to help me and I am now confident dealing with more complex cases. I love college too and have made loads of friends there.”

Sophie’s career has since progressed within Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and she has now been offered a permanent position as a Community Care Grant Coordinator.

Jude Strahan: apprentice

Jude Strahan: Electrical Apprentice

‘I really enjoy working for BWDBC as an apprentice Electrician. There is a real wide variety of work, which means that the job is always interesting.

I work with a good group of Electricians, who all work together as part of a team to get the jobs completed to the best standards’.

Samantha Riley: apprentice

Samantha Riley: Public Health & Wellbeing Apprentice

“I am really enjoying my time at the council, as I have been able to gain new skills and experience, from both my college work and my office-based work. All the people that I work with are really friendly and approachable and I know that if I ever had any questions, they would be more than willing to answer.”

Did you know

  • We have between 40-50 apprentices working for the Council at any one time
  • Our apprentices work all across the organisation from Children’s Services and HR to Highways, Public Protection and everything in between
  • 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.

How to apply

Our apprenticeship vacancies are advertised annually, so keep checking back for the latest opportunities