About the Area
Located between Manchester and the beautiful moorland of the southern Pennines, there's more to Rochdale than you think, and it offers the best of urban and rural life.
While its stunning countryside provides breath-taking scenery and unrivalled tranquillity, the borough’s towns and pretty villages celebrate the fact that Rochdale was an early and important engine house of the industrial revolution and of course, where the worldwide Co-operative movement began.
Rochdale is one of the greenest boroughs in Greater Manchester, won gold in the 2018 RHS Britain in Bloom Awards and boasts eight green flag parks. The bold dynamic spirit demonstrated by those original Rochdale Pioneers is evident in our public services today.
The council and its partners is on a journey of serious transformation - delivering major investment schemes, serious economic growth, creating new jobs for its residents and evolving what it does and how it does it.
New major developments are transforming Rochdale town centre. The new Rochdale Riverside leisure and retail complex includes a new cinema, big name stores like Marks & Spencer and Next, quality restaurants, and sits alongside a modern transport system and state-of the-art offices.
This transformational work means increasing numbers of businesses are choosing to locate in the borough and huge numbers of stylish new homes have being built to accommodate the people who are moving here, with more under construction. Beautiful new family homes in great locations with superfast broadband.
Today the energy, ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit that shaped the area, is at the heart of the public sector’s approach to meeting the needs and ambitions of the borough and its residents.
Like other authorities and publicly funded organisations, Rochdale Borough Council is dealing with significant challenges and having to make substantial savings. Despite these pressures, it is making good progress on its programme of change and redefining itself with ambitious people-centred regeneration.
Thanks to strategic assets like Kingsway Business Park, which is one of the most active regeneration projects in the UK, the borough is now an investment hotspot. Major deals have resulted in millions of square feet of business property being taken up across the borough.
Rochdale also enjoys an enviable location and with a Metrolink tram line that connects to the town centre alongside a state-of-the-art Transport Interchange and a fast railway link to central Manchester, it is within easy commuting distance of many places via the M60, M62 and M66 too.
Rochdale’s Sixth Form College is rated outstanding and is one of the top performing colleges in the country. Nearby Hopwood Hall College is the one of the best performing college in Greater Manchester.
Thirteen schools were re-built or refurbished as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme and 85% of the area’s secondary schools are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Employment prospects are looking increasingly promising too, with numbers of young people aged 16-18 not in education, employment or training at an all-time low, and the borough seeing the highest increase in apprenticeships in Greater Manchester.
The council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012, and has since been nationally-recognised by the Ministry of Defence, Royal British Legion and others for introducing pioneering changes to support armed forces personnel and their families back into civilian life.
Like all public organisations, Rochdale is facing increasing financial pressure alongside needing to meet future legislation and challenging targets but we have robust plans in place to meet those challenges and starting to see the results from years of hard work, planning and investment.
That’s why we are looking for people who are passionate, dedicated people who, like us, are determined to make real, positive change to the borough of Rochdale.