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 are 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.

Register your interest

To register your interest in apprenticeships at the Council or with our partner organisations, please email the following information to

  • name
  • address
  • school or College attended
  • contact number
  • email
  • type(s) of apprenticeship you are looking for / areas of interest

Who are apprenticeships for?

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

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Apprenticeships at the Council

Our apprenticeship scheme is designed to create quality job opportunities in the Council for Hackney residents and school leavers aged 16 to 24.

All of our programmes last at least 12 months and combine work, on and off the job training, and study towards a recognised qualification.

As an apprentice with us, you will receive a competitive salary, holiday entitlement and benefits package.

As part of the drive to improve apprenticeship provision at the Council, we are aiming to deliver around 100 apprenticeship vacancies per year by 2018. 

Types of apprenticeship

The Council is responsible for delivering a wide variety of services, from maintaining parks and roads, providing leisure facilities and libraries, looking after vulnerable residents and delivering and maintaining Council housing stock. Our apprenticeship opportunities reflect this diversity. Vacancies come up throughout the year and may include:

  • accountancy
  • adult social care
  • business administration
  • communications
  • digital / tech
  • engineering
  • housing management
  • ICT support services
  • landscaping and grounds maintenance
  • local taxation and benefits
  • manual trades - including gas and electric, plumbing and multi trade.
  • planning and building control
  • waste collection and street cleaning
  • youth work

All of our programmes include high quality training packages and strong pastoral and professional support to help you succeed and improve your career prospects for the future. Whatever your area of interest, an apprenticeship with us can provide you with the experience, training and transferable skills to pursue a career in the public sector or beyond.

See FAQs for more information.

We are also using our relationships with suppliers, local employers and housing developers to secure apprenticeship opportunities for its residents. These may include:

  • construction operation
  • manual trades
  • social care


Who can apply?

To ensure that our apprenticeship programme achieves its aims, we ask that all apprentices meet the following criteria.

You will be:

  • aged 16-24
  • a Hackney resident, school leaver or young person for whom the Council is a corporate parent, for example care leavers

For apprenticeships at levels 2 and 3:

  •  we will not accept applications from candidates with a degree

For apprenticeships at level 4 and above:

  • graduates will only be considered in exceptional cases and only where there is a clear rationale to vary the recruitment criteria

How much will I get paid?

All Hackney apprentices who are over 18 will be paid at least the London Living Wage of £9.40 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 higher level 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 Coordinator 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.

Where can I get more information?

Please contact us at

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