Brighter prospects on horizon for Rochdale

A new report paints a gloomy picture of job prospects in Rochdale.  The report, published by think-tank Centre for Cities places Rochdale in the bottom 10 of Britain’s 64 largest urban areas on a range of measures including wages, skill levels, job creation and employment rates.

Most of the top 10 cities in the survey are in the south. 
But Greater Manchester’s largest Apprenticeship provider says that the prospects for Rochdale’s young people are far from bleak.  Fiona Mellett, Managing Director of The Skills Company, which provides Apprenticeships and other training across Greater Manchester said:
“Whilst this report does highlight the gap between north and south in terms of employment and skills, there are plenty of opportunities for Rochdale youngsters to gain the skills they need for rewarding careers.  We currently have Apprenticeship vacancies in Rochdale in areas such as engineering, manufacturing, business administration, health and social care, warehousing and food production.”
“We also have a number of Traineeships in Rochdale for young people who need additional support and work experience before they are ready to start an Apprenticeship.  These include opportunities in health and social care, the automotive sector, hairdressing and business administration.”
“And at our Rochdale SkillCentre at Heritage Park on Chichester Street, we provide a range of study programmes to prepare young people for work, training or further education.  Whether they need help with English and maths, employability support or work experience, we can help prepare them for the next step on their journey.”