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Apprenticeships in Hackney

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Kick start your career with an apprenticeship in Hackney.

In Hackney, we are proud to recruit candidates on their potential, regardless of their background or academic achievements. Our assessment process provides a more rounded approach to recruitment; which means that if you need some additional support, we can provide this for you by offering feedback and signposting to our friendly employability teams.

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.

The types of apprenticeships are vasts across Hackney with apprentices working 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, from Level 2 equivalent to GCSE up to Level 7 equivalent to a Masters degree.

What happens when you express your interest:

  • Once you have expressed your interest using this form you’ll be asked to register with our free Hackney Works service, if you haven’t done so already.
  • A member of the Hackney Works team will contact you to have a discussion about the options available to you.
  • We will invite you to join an assessment session, where we will assess for readiness to undertake an apprenticeship.

Assessment session outputs

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You will enter the pool of candidates, having exclusive access to apprenticeship vacancies within the Council and our Partner employers. We will invite you to apply directly to each vacancy as they arise, and we will not share your personal information with any external partner.We will signpost you back to the Hackney Works teams who can offer advice, guidance and support. When you have received the required support and are ready we will invite you back for another assessment.

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

What we offer

Get the work experience you need, learn new skills and earn a salary at the same time. It doesn’t matter if you are a school, college or university leaver looking for your first role, someone returning to the workforce after a career break or redundancy, or you wish to retrain.

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.

All of our apprenticeship vacancies offer:

  • Pay which will be a minimum of National Living Wage (Currently £8.91 an hour) or equivalent, with many opportunities offering a higher starting salary and good benefits.
  • Quality training provision with highly rated Apprenticeship Training Providers
  • Additional support if needed

Who can apply

To apply for any of the apprenticeship opportunities offered by Hackney Council or our Partner employers, 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. This is a funding requirement, so you may be asked to undertake these assessments even if you hold a degree or other higher qualification.

If you would like to brush up on your Maths and English skills, or you would like to improve your chance of securing an apprenticeship, our Education service has some short courses that may be of interest.

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.

The LIFT Programme

Hackney is a member of a three year programme across Camden, Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets called LIFT that aims to help residents into good local jobs in the knowledge economy including tech, digital, sciences, and creative production, and to support businesses and start-ups in these sectors.

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More information

If you have any questions, you can contact the team at 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.

Page last reviewed: November 10, 2021

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