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What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a full-time job, with 20% of your regular working hours spent on training to earn a nationally recognised qualification. 

Hackney Council has more than 100 apprentices working in different areas including Finance, Culture, Housing, ICT, Trades, Youth work, and Business administration.

Benefits of an apprenticeship include:

  • A clear entry point to start a new career
  • Earn while you learn
  • Practical training in a job
  •  Learning key skills for your career

What are other benefits of an apprenticeship with Hackney Council?

Our apprentices contribute directly to services that benefit the local community and gain the routes into various careers within the Council and with local employers. 

We have no upper age limit for our apprenticeships, which means that it might be the right step for you if you are a school leaver, want to retrain for a new job, or have had a career break and decided to work in a different sector.  

We look for candidates who have a strong work ethic, share our values and take responsibility for their own learning and development journey. We offer support throughout the apprenticeship to ensure you have the best chances of success.

How do I become a Hackney Council apprentice? 

To apply for an apprenticeship with Hackney Council, you must be eligible to work in the UK, and at least one of the following must apply: 

  • you currently live in Hackney or attend a Hackney education institution
  • you previously went to secondary school or college in Hackney
  • you received Hackney Leaving Care services

Although you will not need experience, there may be some other entry requirements.

  • Many Council apprenticeships are at Level 3 and higher, which will require you to already have Maths and English  GCSEs at Grades 4-9 (A-C) or equivalent Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications
  • There are a small number of Level 2 Apprenticeships offered by the Council. These apprenticeships are entry level so if you do not already hold these qualifications you will be able to study for Maths and English Functional Skills alongside your apprenticeship.

In addition to the above qualifications, some apprenticeships may also have their own entry requirements, which will be listed on the vacancy advert and job description. 

You will not be eligible for the apprenticeship if you already have qualifications in the apprenticeship subject at the same or a higher level.

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Page last reviewed: June 28, 2024

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