The start of your career

There is 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.

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.

Sophie Turner: apprentice

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

“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 Taylor – Housing Needs Apprentice

Heeba Toheed: HR Systems Apprentice
“I decided to apply for an Apprenticeship at Blackburn with Darwen Council as I didn’t feel that University was for me, and I’m so happy I did.Everyone has been really welcoming and I feel like I’ve learned so much in such a short space of time. At the moment I am working with schools on the roll out of a new system which I really enjoy. I get to work with colleagues from different areas of the Council and I’m currently writing guidance notes to help managers and employees with the new functions of the system. I would say to anyone thinking about an Apprenticeship with Blackburn with Darwen Council to just go for it!”

Heeba Toheed: HR Systems Apprentice

Anthony Oliver: apprentice

Case Study : Anthony Oliver – Business Support Officer, Children’s Services

Anthony joined us in 2015 and completed his Apprenticeship in Summer 2017 and now works as a Business Support Officer in Children’s Services.

He said

“Being an apprentice for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council gave me a fantastic opportunity to develop my skills in the workplace and also develop myself as a person. The work skills I have gained from the apprenticeship have helped me to adapt within a new team and to an unfamiliar environment. I gained a lot of confidence, become more independent and I learned lots of transferrable skills. The support I was given by my team during my apprenticeship was amazing and this has helped me to gain a full time role once my apprenticeship finished.”

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.