Development & Training
Throughout your time with us, you will be supported, developed and directed by good leaders, ensuring you have the necessary skills to deliver quality services to local people. You will also have access to a range of professional support, such as on-the-job training, postgraduate study and professional accreditation.
There is extensive experience within the team, from residential care to frontline social care, and our quality training programmes are continuously refreshed to ensure they are fit for purpose.
Life in Blackpool
Famous for its Tower, Promenade and seven miles of golden beaches, our town is a warm and friendly place. Located within an hour’s drive of the Lake District and surrounded by beautiful seaside towns, such as the charming Lytham St. Annes, Blackpool is a sought after location for professionals from across the UK.
Also within reach are the cities of Lancaster, Preston and Manchester, as well as the Intu Trafford Centre – the largest indoor shopping centre in the North West.
And with a direct route along the M55/M6, along with Blackpool North rail station and secure, modern parking directly opposite our town centre offices, commuting is straightforward. Many of our existing employees are already commuting from in and around Manchester and Liverpool.
To demonstrate that you meet the exacting standards of being a social work professional and to differentiate yourself from non-regulated health and care professionals, you need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We will cover the cost of HCPC registration. The HCPC logo is a symbol of your proficiency.
New initiatives in Blackpool
Improving the lives of local families, and the journey of children who are in our care, are our main priorities. We are working on several key initiatives that support this:
- Better Start – a 10 year, £215m Big Lottery funded scheme helping 0-3 year olds in Blackpool
- HeadStart – in 2016, the Big Lottery Fund awarded us £10m to support 10-16 year olds over 5 years
- Dartington Social Research Unit – we’re working with this independent charity to take new, innovative approaches to social care
- The Pause Project – this enables us to work more closely with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat removals of children from their care
“I am constantly trying to encourage people to come and work in Blackpool as a Local Authority. I believe that how Blackpool employees represent themselves and their work is the best advert for working in Blackpool, surpassing any recruitment drive. If you come and work in Blackpool you will never be bored, consistently entertained by the variety and work among some lovely people. If people are your business, there is no better place to be.”