A TOWN Hall is looking for apprentices.

Blackburn with Darwen Council is seeking to recruit 20 new staff for training.

The successful programme has been running since 2011 and has employed more than 140 local apprentices.

They will be deployed across the council's 800 different services including leisure services, public health, education, planning, and licensing.

The apprenticeships are for people of all ages.

Successful applicants will receive a professional qualification.

Blackburn with Darwen Council currently has 52 apprentices.

Most secure further employment within the town hall with the rest finding other jobs.

Denise Park, the borough’s chief executive, said: "We’re incredibly proud of our apprenticeship programme and really looking forward to a new intake joining us.

"We realise that we’re living in incredibly uncertain times, but this scheme could offer a fantastic opportunity for someone to pursue a career they’re really passionate about.

"We have apprentices of all ages – school leavers, college leavers, university graduates and residents who have decided on a change in career later in life.

"They add real value to our teams, bring fresh ideas and often go on to have successful careers in local government."

The closing date is May 30 to start in August or September.