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Kick start your career with an apprenticeship at Hackney Council.

Get the work experience you need, learn new skills and earn a salary at the same time.

An apprenticeship is a full time/part time job with at least 20% of your time spent studying. Apprenticeships last from one to four years, depending on the qualification you’re taking.

There are more than 100 apprentices at the council. They work in lots of different areas, for example Housing, ICT, Trades, Business Administration, Youth Work, and Finance.

Apprenticeships have levels that are equivalent to educational levels. Our apprenticeships are mainly at:

  • Level 2 – equivalent to GCSE
  • Level 3 – equivalent to A level
  • Level 4 – equivalent to foundation degree and above

We recruit three times a year and we have our main recruitment campaign in the summer.

What we offer

  • A starting salary of up to £22,000
  • High quality training
  • Activities with apprentices across the council
  • Support to find a job once your training ends

Why Hackney Apprentices?

Check out our apprenticeship blog to hear from our apprentices in their own words.

We were named the Top Public Sector Employer in the UK for apprentices at the 2018 and 2019 School Leaver Awards. This was based on the direct feedback from our apprentices about their experience on our programme. We were also named Large Employer of the Year for the London region at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2019, as well as receiving the Recruitment Excellence award.

Who can apply

To apply for our apprenticeships, at least one of the following must apply to you:

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

You must also hold a UK or EEA passport or have permission from the UK government to live in the UK. You must also have been resident in the UK or another EEA country for at least the last three years.

We have no upper age limit for our programme. All apprenticeships require you to be 16 when you start, and some require you to be 18.

You may not be able to undertake an apprenticeship in a subject and level that you have already completed.

For many of our apprenticeships, you do not need any formal qualifications to apply. We may ask you to take a short English and Maths assessment to make sure you are at the right level for the apprenticeship qualification.

What happens if I have a criminal record? 

At Hackney we support the rehabilitation of offenders and will not unfairly discriminate against any person with a conviction. If you do have a current or unspent criminal conviction you will be asked to declare this as part of your application. This will not stop you from being able to access the apprenticeship programme, however applications will be looked at on a case by case basis to assess suitability for job role.

If the role involves working with children or vulnerable adults you will also have to declare any spent and unspent convictions and be subject to a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

Nacro offer further information and support about how to disclose.

Want some support to find and apply for apprenticeships?

Our free Hackney Works service can help you with CV writing, interview technique and applications. We also give you exclusive access to apprenticeship opportunities with local employers.

Please note, this service is for people who live in Hackney.

Read our guidance for applicants for more information on the recruitment process.

More information

If you have any questions, you can contact the team at apprenticeships@hackney.gov.uk or use the links below.

For advice and guidance about apprenticeships, see:
National Apprenticeship Service
All about school leavers

For apprenticeships across England, use the find an apprenticeship service.

Information for employers

Find out more about how your business can get involved.

The Hackney Apprenticeship Network is run by Hackney Council to support employers to create high quality apprenticeships.

Page last reviewed: November 9, 2020

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