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Blackburn with Darwen’s 3rd Biggest Employer

With nearly 1,000 people employed in a vast range of roles, Blackburn College feels more like a community than a workplace. The sense of community is just one of the benefits of working here. We strive to make our employee community a welcoming, caring and enthusiastic one, fuelling ambition with opportunities and support to help us all achieve our personal and professional goals.

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Disability Confident Employer


Our diverse job opportunities all include a top benefits package that includes many features that are hard to find in the private sector.

Rated "Good" by Ofsted in all areas
As of January 2022, Blackburn College is rated “Good” by Ofsted in all areas of the inspection.

Generous Holidays

Starting at 28 days annual leave up to the full-time equivalent of 35 days annual leave (dependent upon grade and length of service) PLUS bank holidays and College closure days.

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Generous Pensions

All staff have the option to join a defined benefit pension scheme, dependent upon their role, in either the Local Government Pension Scheme or Teacher Pension scheme. In addition to employee contributions, the College contributes a further 14-17% of salary to the pension scheme for each member of staff.

Free Employee Assistance Programme

Available for all staff members providing 24/7 telephone support and out of hours help.

Sports Facilities

Discounted deal at Blackburn Sports and Leisure - Staff can choose either; £15 per month for unlimited gym & swim access at Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre. Or a standard corporate deal of £23 per month for gym, classes, sauna, steam, PT sessions at all BWDBC leisure facilities plus use of the active network leisure centres around the County.

CPD Opportunities

Staff Development. A range of in-house and external training qualification opportunities - subject to approval. *Some qualifications may be self or partially-self funded.

Flexible Working

Opportunity for staff to apply for flexible working and benefits.

Generous work-life balance

Should you have family/caring responsibilities, we have a whole package of family-friendly policies that provide for flexible working, additional paid maternity and paternity leave, and leave for family emergencies.

Generous Sick Pay Scheme

Reflective of length of service.

Discount off Hair & Beauty Treatments

Salons are open to all staff for an extensive range of Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy treatments.

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Spiritual needs

For your spiritual needs we provide on-campus prayer facilities, including Islamic prayer rooms and a chaplaincy.

Discount at Scholars Restaurant

Discount available with Staff ID.

On-Site Town Centre Car Parking

For just £100 per year which is 27 pence per day - subject to availability.

Car Share Scheme

Staff can register with LiftShare and share car journeys and experience the benefits of making roads cleaner, safer and traffic free and hopefully saving money too.

On-Site Catering Facilities

Across campus food cafes offering freshly cooked quality food that offers excellent value for money. Plus Starbucks in three cafes.

Family First

Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Policy.

Cycle to Work Scheme

Staff can save 25 - 39% on a new bike for work and spread the cost.

College Awards

Annual Staff Awards and Long Service Awards.

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The Health Cash Plan is available for staff to join. Medicash offer low cost health cash plans giving staff access to a wide range of healthcare.

College Courses

Opportunities to attend various professional courses, for example, hair and beauty courses with possible staff discounts - subject to approval.