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Apprenticeships are real jobs and real careers with training. There are many opportunities to earn while you learn. An apprenticeship is a genuine job and under all circumstances you should be employed from day one. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with learning.

As an apprentice, you'll work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, earn a wage and get holiday pay and be given time for study related to your role.

Apprenticeship opportunities

  • Rochdale Borough Council apprenticeships - find information on this page on how to work with us.
  • Local apprenticeships - find both apprenticeships and traineeships in Greater Manchester.
  • National apprenticeships - you don't need an account to search for apprenticeships in England.
  • Not going to university - access latest vacancies from over 1,000 employers, including large organisations such as BT, Barclays and the Royal Air Force (RAF).

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Rochdale Borough Council apprenticeship opportunities

Could you be a future town planner, librarian or social worker? How about the future chief executive of Rochdale Borough Council? There are many excellent careers available in local government and we're looking for our next intake of stars.

Our apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16 – not just school leavers. They're available across the whole of the council.

How to apply for a council apprenticeship

We recruit apprentices during the following months:

  • September and October – for apprentices to start in January.
  • January and February – for apprentices to start in May.
  • May and June – for apprentices to start in September.

We advertise our apprenticeship vacancies on GOV.UK. Each vacancy includes the specific details of the role, for example entry requirements, how long the role will last, what qualification you'll receive and more.

View our current apprenticeship vacancies on GOV.UK

Why do an apprenticeship at Rochdale Borough Council?

Our apprenticeships provide an excellent chance for a bright future by offering you:

  • Work-based skills
  • Excellent work experience
  • A competitive salary
  • Nationally recognised qualifications
  • On and off the job training
  • Advice and guidance to help develop your career after the apprenticeship

Rochdale Borough Council apprentices have enjoyed huge successes including:

  • Georgia Harden (see image below) who won Learner of the Year at the 2018 ACE Staff Awards.
  • Chloe Johnson who won the highly commended award in the Advanced Apprentice of the Year category at the 2019 North West Apprenticeship Awards, a Greater Manchester Rising Star award and the Young Employee of the Year Award at the ACE Staff Awards in 2018.

Georgia Harden at the ACE Staff Awards.

Related pages



The Raising Participation Team
Rochdale Borough Council
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
​Rochdale OL16 1XU​