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Hackney Online Youth Employment Hub

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Our offices are closed to the public. You can still contact us online or over the phone, though it may take longer to get through. We're prioritising vulnerable people, such as those facing redundancy, and those in key worker roles.

Are you a Hackney young person planning for your future? Here you will find information about a wide range of areas of support including help with planning your next steps, where to find information about training, placements, volunteering, apprenticeships and jobs as well as how to access information about benefits and support around mental health.

This online space is a collaboration between Hackney Council, Jobcentreplus and New City College working with wider partners to bring together youth opportunities for Hackney young people in one place.

Talk to an advisor free support & guidance about training & employment options

Talking to a specialist advisor about your aspirations is a great way to explore your next steps. Help is also available with CV development, job applications and interview preparation. The team can also help you to find suitable training, volunteering, work placements, apprenticeships and job opportunities. Click here to register with Hackney Works to talk to an advisor.

Looking for employment and have concerns relating to your health/mental health or a disability? 

Our Supported Employment Team can help you.

Worried about the impact of Coronavirus on your mental health?

This is a difficult and uncertain time which is having an impact on the mental health of much of the population. There are a number of organisations here to help you, find out about some of them here.

Work experience through paid work placements

Work placements allow you to try out a job, and are a great way to get a feel for types of work you might like while building your experience and network.

“If you are a young person who is confused and unsure on what to do after education as I was, I would say a placement is a good way to gain skills and experience as well as clarify what it is you do and do not want to do in the future.” Danyal, Work Placement Participant

Kickstart scheme

Hackney Council is taking part in the government’s Kickstart scheme. We have created hundreds of paid six-month work placements in 2021 at the Council and To find out more and check if you are eligible, visit our Work Placements page.

Here are some other work placement schemes offered by partners:

  • The STEP programme offers London Living Wage placements across cultural and creative sectors. Open to 18-30 year olds from Hackney, Newham, Waltham Forest, and Tower Hamlets.
  • Homerton NHS Trust offers work placements for 14-17 year olds.
  • Well Grounded offers work placements and training in the specialty coffee industry.

Learn while you earn with apprenticeships

An apprenticeship combines paid work with study towards an accredited qualification. It’s a good option if you want to get started in the working world, as many don’t require you to have any prior experience. 

“My apprenticeship has been nothing short of an amazing learning experience.” Micah, ICT Apprentice, Hackney Council

Apprenticeships are available at the council and with other employers. You can view:

We also recommend looking on:

Boost your skills and experience 

Training and volunteering can help you by:

  • developing and refining new skills
  • letting you experience what it might be like in a certain role or sector
  • enhancing your CV
  • giving you the opportunity to meet new people and network

The Council and New City College offer a range of adult learning and training courses to help you gain new skills in areas like English, maths, and computer skills.

View current adult learning courses

New City College in partnership with the Hackney Council, is pleased to be able to offer a service to the Hackney community and its stakeholders. We will deliver classes locally where applicable, at New City College locations and online where possible. We will work with local stakeholders and employers to ensure Hackney residents have the skills required by industry sectors and the confidence to help drive the local economy forward – now and for the future.

Find short courses & training for jobs with NCC here.

The Skills Toolkit is available to help people improve their digital,  numeracy, finance & business skills. Short courses from a range of providers including employers and universities at different levels. To find out more look here: theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk

We also recommend looking on:

  • BSix for courses in areas like Art & Design, Nursing, Business, ICT, and Sport at Levels 1-3.
  • ELATT for courses in English, Maths, ESOL and digital skills from entry levels to Level 3.
  • Spear Programme for 16-to-24-year-olds, offers remote coaching, training and support, with a focus on the challenges of Covid-19.
  • Barts NHS Trust for pre-apprenticeship training for 16-29 year olds and access to jobs and apprenticeships.
  • Flipside is an industry-led talent development programme in digital product design for unemployed or underemployed people aged 18-25 from Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest.
  • Volunteer Centre Hackney for local Hackney volunteering
  • Do It lists over 1m volunteering opportunities that are posted by volunteer centres, national/local charities and voluntary groups.
  • New City College can offer careers advice to members of the public, aged 19+ contact the National Careers Service for further details .

Workshops to help you prepare and explore

We provide workshops and sessions to help you prepare for job applications, interviews and explore career paths. From working on your CV, preparing for a job interview and advice, there is a workshop for everything.

View current workshops

Find a job

Find local jobs on the Hackney Opportunities page here: here

Use the ‘Find a job’ service

Stay updated on jobcentre plus local opportunities here: twitter.com/JCPinEastLondon

Sign up for Hackney Works job news & updates here: hackney.gov.uk/newsletters

Benefits information

Citizens Advice Help to Claim Service

Residents who need help to make a Universal Credit claim can contact Citizens Advice. Call 0800 144 8 444 or visit their website: here

Universal Credit

The Government has issued advice about coronavirus, claiming benefits and what benefits you may be entitled to claim during these unprecedented times. 

For more information call 0800 144 8 444 or visit the Citizen’s Advice website.

Find out more

Benefits & budgeting calculator

To find out more about benefits and what you may be entitled to, visit the Policy in Practice benefit and budgeting calculator here: betteroffcalculator.co.uk/free 

Page last reviewed: February 9, 2021

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