Rochdale Training celebrates its 30,000th learner

23rd Aug 2021

Independent training provider Rochdale Training will welcome its 30,000th learner in September, as it celebrates over half a century of helping Rochdale residents into apprenticeships, work-based training programmes and employment.

Rochdale Training works with hundreds of local businesses, helping them to fill apprenticeships and meet their on-the-job training needs. Its training has a 81% success rate, 13% above the national average.

Mark Whittaker, Skills Advisor at Rochdale Training, said: “We will be announcing the 30,000th learner in September and to celebrate the milestone we’re keen to hear from past learners to share good news.

“We’d love to hear from anyone with personal experience of working with Rochdale Training. Are you now managing others, recruiting apprentices or maybe own your own business? If so, we’d love to hear your stories.”

Rochdale Training was founded in 1966 and today is a training provider of charitable status, headquartered in Fishwick Street. It offers a huge range of apprenticeships and courses in subjects as diverse as business administration, customer service, engineering and childcare. Rochdale Training also works closely with the Rochdale Development Agency (RDA) to help identify and meet the training needs of local businesses.

Jill Nagy, CEO of Rochdale Training, said: “Welcoming our 30,000th learner is a huge milestone for the business and we’re very proud that we continue to take such an active role in the economic life of the area.

“The future for apprentices is looking bright, with increased interest from employers locally and new government employer incentives of up to £5,000 for recruiting a young person. We are very proud of our apprentices and adult learners who we know from feedback are valued by employers across Greater Manchester.”

Here are some old photos, you might recognise yourself! If you’d like to share your own memories of working with Rochdale Training, please contact the organisation at

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