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Hackney Council works with employers and partners across the borough to create exciting, paid and unpaid work placements for people living in or educated in Hackney.

The Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart scheme offers a paid job with a local employer, for young people (16-24) on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. 

What you’ll get:

  • Six months paid work experience and an up-to-date reference – helping you to demonstrate your employability and reliability to future employers
  • Support and training before and during your kickstart job, and help to plan your next steps and move into an onward job or apprenticeship
  • The chance to work out if a sector is right for you, and to get a feel for what it’s really like. 

We are working with employers in and around Hackney to create kickstart jobs in sectors like  Digital, Creative and Cultural, Health and Social Care, and Administration. We’re also offering a range of kickstart jobs at Hackney Council. Start dates will be available throughout 2021.


  • Enrolled on or willing to enrol on Universal Credit

Read more about Universal Credit here

  • Hackney residents aged 16 – 24
  • Non residents aged 16 – 24 who studied at or are studying at a Hackney school, college or training provider
  • Non residents aged 16-24 who are receiving (or have previously received) Hackney Leaving Care services

How We Can Help

The kickstart scheme is managed by the government through Job Centre Plus (JCP). Hackney Council is working in partnership with JCP, and can help you prepare and apply for the kickstart scheme, and we can support you during and after your kickstart job. 

We’re offering:

  • help to work out if you’re eligible for Universal Credit, and to make a claim
  • advice and training to help you prepare for kickstart
  • in-work support, training, and advice to boost your chances of getting a job or apprenticeship when your kickstart placement ends

Alternatively, if you are already claiming Universal Credit and have a Job Coach, they can discuss the kickstart scheme with you and put you forward for placements.

Information Sessions

To find out more about the types of placement on offer, Universal Credit, and information on the recruitment process sign up for one of our virtual information sessions, available here.

Watch the video below to see examples of some of the work placements we have offered:

Supported Internship

Supported internships are for people aged 16 to 24 with learning difficulties and or autism who need extra help to get a job. It helps young people with SEND (special educational needs and disability) develop real work skills, in a real work environment. It is a unique, business-led, one-year college to work programme that takes place entirely in the workplace.

For more information please visit the ‘Supported Intership’ page. To apply please complete our online application form

If you need any assistance please contact Dalal Al-Jalaby

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Page last reviewed: November 24, 2020

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