Training 2000 Apprentice in Council ‘Job Swap’

March 17, 2016

2 training 2000 apprentices and 4 people that work for the council. They are all dressed professionally.

A Training 2000 apprentice has taken part in a ‘job swap’ to mark National Apprenticeship Week, As Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Chief Executive Harry Catherall invited Business Admin apprentice Chloe Birch to attend a key meeting at Blackburn Town Hall.

First talking through her experiences as an apprentice, her role at the training provider and what she would like to do in the future, Chloe joined George Morris, Finance apprentice at the council who is studying at Training 2000, in a finance monitoring meeting.

Chloe and George both took part, inputting to the meeting and learning about how the council’s budget is set, and continuously monitored.

Chloe is a member of Training 2000’s Brathay Apprenticeship Challenge team – the search for the apprentice team of the year, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.

She said of the experience: “Experiencing what it was like to take part in an important meeting and how a large organisation like the council functions as a business was really interesting, and great for my development as an apprentice.”

“It was also good to go through what I do in my day-to-day role so Harry could gain an insight into my role at Training 2000.”

Harry Catherall, Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “It was great to learn more about the Brathay Apprenticeship Challenge.  We were pleased Chloe was able to meet one of our apprentices and get an insight into how the Council is run, taking part in one of our regular finance meetings.”

Councillor Mohammed Khan, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council added, “High quality apprenticeships are a fantastic way to start a career and we are committed to offering as many opportunities as possible within Blackburn with Darwen to the borough’s young people.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council has 26 apprentices at different stages of their two year scheme, working across departments such as finance, direct services and adults and children’s social services.  The next intake is now being planned and any up and coming vacancies will be advertised during the summer time. Anyone interested can sign up to the council’s email job alerts at

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