Why work for us?
It’s an exciting time to join us here Oldham, as we build a fairer, more inclusive borough that works for everyone.
We’ve got an ambitious strategy which will create new jobs, new homes, and top-quality new public spaces for all our communities to enjoy. At the centre of those proposals is our new-look town centre. We’ve recently purchased the Spindles shopping centre, where we’re working with local businesses to create opportunities for economic growth and innovation, alongside plans for a new public park, a theatre, office space, shopping and leisure opportunities, housing, the UK’s largest urban farm and country park – and much more.
But while we’ve got big plans, we’re dedicated to delivering the very best public services Oldhamers need and deserve. That means getting the basics right – cleaning the streets, collecting waste and looking after our environment – while also ensuring that people get all the help and support they need, particularly the most vulnerable.
By working in partnership with our communities, listening to what they have to say, and taking action, we will keep improving our services to be the very best they can be. We’re committed to reducing inequalities, tackling poverty, and ensuring everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential – whichever of our wards they’re born in.
We also know we won’t succeed in isolation. We work closely with the other nine local authorities in Greater Manchester as part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), driving forward joint ambitions for health, wellbeing, work and jobs, housing, transport, skills, training and economic growth for almost three million residents across our region.
The Corporate Plan sets out how Oldham Council will help to uplift every resident. It’s there to ensure every effort and every penny goes towards improving services to residents, and on the things that matter most to them.
Our priorities as set out in the plan are:
- Healthy, safe and well-supported residents
- A great start and skills for life
- Better jobs and dynamic businesses
- Quality homes for everyone
- A clean and green future
To help us achieve these priorities our council officers will be working to put residents first. Over the course of the next five years, we will be focusing on four areas to make our services as good as possible. These are:
- Residents First – the commitment to making every service a good service and every resident’s experience a good experience.
- Place-based working – aiming to deliver more and more locally, across our five districts.
- Digital – being able to apply for services or solve problems online, while continuing to provide alternative support for those who need it.
- Working with communities to reduce need – taking a community-centred, preventative approach to public services.
You can find the full plan along with a shorter summary below.
Working together to achieve the best for our people and place, we’ll live by five key behaviours:
- Working with a resident focus
- Supporting local leaders
- Being committed to the borough – we’re very proud to work for Oldham and we want you to be too
- Taking ownership and driving change – we need to anticipate the needs of residents, look for improvements in the way we support them and think about how we could do so more effectively.
- Delivering high performance – we set clear targets and look to be efficient in everything we do. We want team members to challenge, look to improve existing ways of working and take responsibility for their personal development.
Our staff play a vital role in making sure we’re delivering the best quality and value for money services. Together, we champion Oldham and make sure we deliver on our collective ambitions.
We strive to be an organisation where employees feel valued, inspired and empowered to provide the best possible services.
Our Workforce Strategy 2020-23 is particularly crucial as we seek to recover and rebuild from the pandemic. This strategy outlines how we’re working to increasingly foster a culture of collaborative leadership and whole system team-working which will support us over the next three years.
As a Living Wage Employer since 2015, we are committed to adopting this across the borough.