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Chorley offers excellent opportunities for businesses looking for highly skilled and experienced people, from apprentices to graduates.

Chorley Council’s Employment Charter helps local businesses recruit the right people.
Building on its growing workforce, Chorley’s schools are consistently ranked among the very best in Lancashire.

Runshaw College, with two sites in Chorley, is the country’s best performing college for A-Level students and also offers vocational courses including engineering, business and media.

With 15 major universities within an hour of Chorley, including Manchester, Lancaster, Leeds, Bradford and Liverpool, there is one of the world’s most attractive graduate talent pools on our doorstep.

Chorley also has one of the region’s highest start up rates and is known for its entrepreneurial spirit, taken from its history in market stalls, and looks set to capitalise on Lancashire’s new Enterprize Zone (EZ) ten miles away.

The Lancashire EZ has been designated on the BAE Systems site, near Chorley, which will attract major interest from aerospace, automotive and nuclear industries, as well as new growth areas such as energy.

New developments on the site will be a boost to Chorley firms and suppliers. This site includes the development of a new National Aerospace Supply Chain Centre that will act as a catalyst for the region’s many suppliers.

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