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Work placements

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

We have recently reopened all of our offices including the Redmond Centre (Woodberry Down), Gascoyne II Community Hall (Homerton), and Opportunity Hub (Hoxton). We are also able to see residents in the Hackney Service Centre (Hackney Central). Advisors are available by appointment via Tel: 020 8356 5700 or Email:

Find high-quality work experience

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.

If you are an employer who would like to offer a Kickstart placement, please visit our Information For Employers Page

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

Supported Internship Programmes

In Hackney

Supported internships are for people aged 16 to 24 with learning disabilities and/or autism who need extra help to gain employment. It supports ONLY young people with SEND (special educational needs and disability) to develop real work skills, in a real work environment.

An insight into Hackney Council’s Supported Internship placements

We have 2 placements where YOU can gain experience.

Homerton University Hospital various roles such as,

  • Front of house in the hospital restaurant
  • Outpatients reception staff
  • Human resources
  • Maternity ward
  • Diabetic eye screening department
  • Children’s ward
  • Ward hostess
  • Porter in A&E and other departments
  • Many other clinical roles

Hackney Town Hall placement

  • Maintenance department
  • Facilities department
  • Human resources
  • Hackney Museum
  • Hackney Education department
  • Multiple IT roles
  • Postal room with the Elections teams
  • Communications team/event planning
  • Many other opportunities

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 Internships Page.

To apply please complete our online application form

If you need any assistance please contact us at:

Telephone: 020 8356 5700


Volunteer to develop your skills and experience

Experience your chosen sector first-hand by volunteering for a local organisation. Whether you want to mentor young people or develop administration and social media skills, there is a volunteering role in Hackney for you.

To browse current volunteering opportunities or for support finding the right one for you, contact Volunteer Centre Hackney.

Are you an employer?

Find out more about how your business can get involved.

Page last reviewed: April 29, 2022

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