Apprenticeship and traineeship schemes

An apprenticeship combines work, training and study. Apprentices are employed by an organisation or business - they work alongside experienced staff and are paid a salary.

Apprenticeships are increasingly popular among both small and large employers from the public and private sector. They're seen as a way to attract young talent and they give employers the opportunity to train people in the skills they need in their workforce.

Traditionally, apprenticeships have been associated with crafts and manual trades but this has changed. There are now many different types of apprenticeship available, from fashion to finance, customer service to construction.

Council apprenticeships - now recruiting

£15,597-£23,610 per annum (depending on the role)

We're recruiting apprentices for a wide range of service areas across the Council including including business and administration, youth work, customer services, housing, multi-trade, gas engineering (commercial), electrical, carpentry, revenues and communications. All of our apprenticeships last at least 12 months and combine work, on and off the job training, and study towards a recognised qualification in a relevant subject.

As an apprentice with us, you will receive a competitive salary, holiday entitlement and a package of support. You'll spend at least one day per week working towards your qualification or taking part in training and development activities.

To apply for the apprenticeship programme you must:

  • be aged 16-24
  • live in Hackney, have been educated in Hackney or be a care leaver for whom Hackney Council is your 'corporate parent'

We are looking for candidates with:

  • passion and enthusiasm
  • reliability
  • good organisational skills
  • a demonstrable understanding of the principles of delivering a high quality service to Hackney residents
  • the ability to form good working relationships with others
  • the commitment to undertake a qualification through a structured training programme

We will hold screening days after the closing date, and interviews will follow. When you apply, you'll need to select your top three preferences from the available apprenticeships:

  • housing trade (multi-trade, gas engineering (commercial), electrical, carpentry) (8 posts)
  • revenues assistant (5 posts)
  • customer service (3 posts)
  • public health (2 posts)
  • youth work (2 posts)
  • homelessness and housing advice
  • employment and skills
  • design assistant / artworker
  • resident engagement

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Closing date: Sunday 16 July, 10.59pm

      Who are apprenticeships for?

      • young people, aged 16 to 24, who are not in full time education and do not have a degree
      • young people who are looking for an alternative to university and want to earn while they learn
      • young people who want an opportunity to get started in their career

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      Who can apply?

      To ensure that our apprenticeship programme achieves its aims, we ask that all apprentices are:

      • aged 16-24 (although some of our higher-level apprenticeships will be open to applicants over 25)
      • a Hackney resident, school leaver or young person who has the Council as a corporate parent - for example, a care leaver

      How much will I get paid?

      All Hackney apprentices who are over 18 will be paid at least the London Living Wage of £9.75 per hour.

      Do I need qualifications to apply?

      Many of our apprenticeships do not require any formal entry qualifications. However, we do test candidates to ensure they have a sufficient level of literacy and numeracy to complete the apprenticeship qualification.

      Please note that some of our opportunities may require GCSEs or A levels.

      We will not accept applications from graduates.

      Will I get a permanent job once I complete my apprenticeship?

      A permanent job is not guaranteed at the end of your apprenticeship. However, as you approach the last few months of your programme, your line manager and the Hackney Apprenticeship Manager will provide you with support and guidance to apply for a permanent post within the Council where possible. We can also help you to apply for jobs outside the Council where this is appropriate.

      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 as part of the application and will need to declare any you may have. This does not mean your application will not be looked at and will not stop you from accessing the apprenticeship programme. Applications will be looked at on a case by case basis.

      If the role is working with children and vulnerable adults you would also have to declare any spent convictions as well as unspent convictions and be subject to a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check as with all other applicants. 

      Where can I get more information?

      Please contact us at

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