Working for the Council

There is so much about our Borough which makes us unique.

Blackburn and Darwen: two different towns one unique vision

Blackburn and Darwen are vibrant towns surrounded by beautiful countryside and within easy reach of Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Preston, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.

Working here you can make a difference to the lives of our residents that we are proud to serve. We would like you to share that pride we have in our heritage and the excitement we have about our future.

Our borough

Local population

We have over 140,000 people living in the borough and are very proud to have a rich and diverse mix of people from all backgrounds including British, Asian, Irish and Polish heritage. We are also one of the youngest populations in the country, with over a third of our residents aged under 19. Find out more about the population of the borough on the Blackburn with Darwen Council website.

Investment

It’s an exciting time to live and work here. Millions of pounds of investment has flowed and continues to flow into the borough to regenerate our town centres, refurbish buildings, improve roads and provide new facilities and opportunities for local people.

Transport

Blackburn and Darwen are at the heart of the motorway network. The M65 links to nearby towns and the M6 for the Lake District or the Midlands while the M61 and M66 motorways provide easy access to Manchester and the M62 for Yorkshire. Manchester, Blackpool and John Lennon (Liverpool) airports are all close by and London three hours away by train.

Facilities

Over £66m has been invested in expanding and improving shopping in Blackburn Town Centre. Darwen’s public realm has recently undergone major redevelopment work to provide a bespoke and unique shopping experience where live outdoor events have proven popular.

You can go skating at Blackburn Arena which is close to the Vue cinema, the Bowlplex bowling arena and restaurant complex or enjoy our many other restaurants, parks and open spaces

Education and childcare

The borough has a good mix of state and independent schools and superb schools for children with special needs. Our two colleges provide a wide range of professional, vocational and degree qualifications up to MBA level.

Housing and accommodation

From Victorian villas and traditional terraces in the town to historic country cottages, modern new homes or converted barns on the edge of the moors, you’ll find a wide range of affordably priced housing to suit all tastes across the borough.

Benefits of working for us

Top performing and ambitious

The Council is officially rated as one of the top councils in the country and were proud to receive an award for this in 2018.

We provide more than 800 different services to people who live, work and study in the borough. We are the second largest employer in our Borough with 2300 employees across a range of very diverse services.

Our priorities

We have six priorities and every person we employ contributes directly to one or more of them:

  1. Creating more jobs and supporting business growth
  2. Improving housing quality and building more houses
  3. Improving health and well-being
  4. Improving outcomes for our young people – education and skills
  5. Supporting and helping the most vulnerable people
  6. Making your money go further – supporting households in difficult financial times
  7. through efficient and effective use of council tax

Benefits to our employees

Employees are at the heart of our organisation. We know we cannot deliver our services and achieve the results we do without hard working, enthusiastic and happy employees. That is why we strive to ensure everyone is treated fairly, equally and have the same opportunities regardless of personal circumstances

Flexitime / agile working

In most cases, flexible working hours will make it possible to vary start and finish times to balance work and home life. The commitment of our teams is always to get the job done!

The council has responded proactively to the challenge of Covid-19 and fully embraced new ways of working to meet the needs of individuals and the service

Childcare support

You can find childcare support options on the HMRC website

Local Government Pension Scheme

The Council operates a pension scheme, known as the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

You will automatically be admitted into the scheme upon appointment and will start making contributions to the scheme unless you don’t earn over the statutory amount, are aged under 22 or you positively elect to opt out. Pension deductions will be based on the full time equivalent salary

Professional Fees

You may be entitled for your annual membership subscription to one professional institute or body provided that membership is a requirement for your job. You are required to demonstrate continuing professional development.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council values our Social Workers highly and continues to pay professional fees for their registration with Social Work England.

Modern working

We are proud to support new and innovative ways of working in the Council, promoting agile working and digital support and communication for now and into the future.

Our Modern Working Plan supports the Council’s Vision of Leading a skilled and modern workforce, with a positive workplace culture, equipped with the right technology and new ways of working to deliver better services.

Modern Working Plan (PDF)