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Welcome to Bolton!

We’re a friendly place, with lots of great history, heritage and culture, ideally located to provide access to the rest of the UK.

Working in Bolton offers a great place to live and play - from history and heritage to breath-taking countryside, Bolton's got the lot.  Museums jam-packed with ancient artefacts, fantastic countryside, award-winning attractions, town centre cinemas and theatres, fast-paced sport, shopping centres, eateries and everything else in between, you’ll be sure to find something for you and your family to do.

World-class Events

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Our town hosts an impressive events programme each year, bringing people together from a diverse range of backgrounds.  The multi award-winning Bolton Food and Drink Festival has been running for a staggering 18 years and is recognised as one of the biggest events of it’s kind in Europe.  Last year, the Festival saw over 500,000 people attend, attracting people from around the world. 

Famous Faces, Famous Places

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They say we like a laugh in Bolton and its no wonder as we have a rich comedy history including Peter Kay & Paddy McGuiness, Sophie Nuttall & Diane Morgan.  We’ve got stars of stage and screen such as Maxine Peake, McFly singer Danny Jones and radio and TV presenters Vernon Kay, Sara Cox and Mark Radcliffe all born here.  We’re a filming hotspot with everything from Peaky Blinders, to It’s a Sin, Cobra and A Gentleman in Moscow filmed here.

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Heritage plays an important part in our town too and not just as a great backdrop for TV crews!  Samuel Crompton the spinning pioneer was born here in 1753 and went on to revolutionise the industry in the North.  The late Fred Dibnah, steeplejack, steam engine buff and TV personality, is another Bolton son, whose statue looks proudly out from Newport Street.   

Bolton Wanderers were one of the founders of the Football League in 1888 and with multiple Olympic medallists hailing from the town, its not just the stars of screen and stage that call Bolton home.  

The unique setting of the town gives us a place steeped in history, heritage, sporting achievement and forward-thinking innovation. 

Bolton - Born to Perform !

Which department is for me?
The Council is split into 5 main departments, in addition to our schools. Every department has administrative functions and other support services but for more detail on what each one covers read on below. With other 500 job roles, you’re sure to find something for you!
Chief Executive’s Department

The Chief Executives Directorate is our Corporate Resources and the business hub of the Council, providing a wide range of services including Human Resources, Organisation Development, Health and Safety, Welfare Rights, Finance, Audit and Risk, Technology, Corporate Property, Marketing, Events and Communications, Democratic Services, Elections, Legal, Libraries, Museums and Archives and Revenue, Benefits and Customer Services. The Chief Executive’s Directorate also plays a key role in co-ordinating activity and initiatives across the council, working with our partner organisations and providing support to elected members and the Chief Executive.  If you are interested in any aspect of business support services or have an interest in politics, policy or projects this could be the area for you and offers huge potential for development and cross-working across the Directorate. 

Department of Place

This Directorate is responsible for the delivery of key frontline operational services across the Borough including highways maintenance, network management, strategic transport planning, parking services, waste and recycling and street cleansing. We maintain parks, woodlands and green spaces, provide cemetery and crematorium services and operate Bolton’s award-winning market alongside the provision of school catering and cleaning services. We also have responsibility for delivering the Council’s strategic planning and housing functions, economic development of the Borough (including supporting skills development and pathways into employment) and enabling the regeneration of our Town and District Centres – a significant priority within the context of the Bolton 2030 Vision.  If you like manual work or are interested in regeneration and making Bolton a great place to live and work, this could be an option for you. 

Department of Adults’ Services/Integrated Care Partnership

The Directorate is responsible for Adult Social Care, Housing and Intermediate Care.  It covers all aspects of adults’ social work and works really closely with partners in the NHS and our Public Health department too. But did you know that this also covers Community Safety, Homeless support, occupational therapy and disability adaptations? So there are huge opportunities for joint working with healthcare and charity providers in the Borough and loads of exciting health initiatives funded through Greater Manchester partnerships that allow us to make a real difference to the lives of our communities.   Note that for roles in social care and residential care, you will need an enhanced DBS check before starting. 

Department of Public Health

Working closely with social care and NHS colleagues, this department works on all aspects of public wellbeing, from smoking cessation and weight loss, to community champions networks and onto sports and fitness promotion.  We were at the forefront of the pandemic support of course and continue to work closely with housing and other internal teams to deliver good health outcomes.  If projects and data are your thing, this is a great department for you to hone those skills as we love data-driven insights to support our delivery. 

Department of Children’s Services

The Directorate provides a variety of services to children in Bolton including social care, education, early years including family hubs, family time and family support, early help and targeted early help, school governors’ services, youth services including youth participation, careers advice, school improvement services, Early Intervention, Special Educational Needs and educational psychology, schools transport, schools admissions, music service, residential social work and youth justice, our Regional Adoption Agency, childcare commissioning, schools IT support and the schools' estates team.   So, if you want to work directly with children, or are more interested in a support role, there are opportunities across a broad range of roles.  Note that many of these are working directly with children and young people or are based in an educational setting so an enhanced DBS will be required. 

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