Ways into work

If you live in Hackney and are looking for a job or an apprenticeship, we can help you. Ways into work is a free recruitment service run by the Council. Whether you're just starting out, haven't worked for years or you want to change careers, we can advise you. We can find you the most suitable training and help you apply for the jobs that you want. 

Our service is open to anyone who meets all of the following criteria:

  • a Hackney resident with recourse to public funds (eligible to claim state benefits)
  • unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week
  • wants to work

Make an application to register

Please complete the following application to register. We will then contact you to arrange an appointment to register.

Apply now

Documents you need to provide at your appointment

You will need to provide the following original documents at your appointment:

  • proof of ID and eligibility to work in the UK eg a valid passport or British birth certificate
  • two proofs of address eg a bank statement, utility bill, council tax bill (at least one within the last three months)
  • proof of national insurance number eg payslip, P45 or P60, letter from Jobcentre Plus, national insurance card


We help you into work through a number of ways. Everyone who registers with us gets an advisor who can meet with you, providing personalised support, flagging up jobs you might want to apply for and helping you with the application. We'll smarten up your CV and help you write cover letters that punch above their weight. Our interview skills workshops will coach you on the common questions in interviews and how to answer them.

In some cases, we can offer training which can give you exposure to the workplace or access to qualifications. By registering with Ways into work, you give yourself access to expert help and advice that can help you secure jobs.

Ways into work - employers

You can use Ways into work just as you would a recruitment agency. Our service is free, and we will fill your vacancies with Hackney residents.

Contact us to find out more.

What does ways into work offer?

Ways into work offers a free and flexible recruitment service, which can include:

  • identifying the skills and experience required for your staff
  • planning a recruitment timeline
  • attracting and screening potential applicants
  • providing bespoke, retail-specific training
  • submitting CVs of suitable candidates to you
  • running assessment and interview sessions
  • providing ongoing in-work support

Why should you work with us?

We provide you with excellent staff, who meet your requirements and are passionate about retail and fashion. We have a client base of over 2,000 residents, many of whom have retail and customer service experience. Also, by hiring locally, you're creating brand awareness with the local community: a large potential market for your goods or services.

A recruitment drive for Aquascutum saw us attracting and pre-screening residents and organising interviews. Martin Connolly,  human resources manager at Aquascutum said:

'The ways into work team were brilliant - we were deeply impressed at the high quality of the candidates they put forward, and indebted for their support throughout the whole process.'

Read about one of our success stories in this Hackney Today article [pdf, 259.18Kb] .


If you are a business interested in running apprenticeships, or are looking to recruit apprentices, let us know - we can help you negotiate the complexities of apprenticeship funding and put you in touch with experts and training providers to ensure that your apprenticeship programme is a success.

The Hackney Employment Support Network (HESN)

The  Hackney Employment Support Network (HESN) is a group of specialist organisations dedicated to employers and employees. They offer free bespoke training and advice services to employers in Hackney on mental health and/or drugs and alcohol issues in the workplace.

European Union European Social Fund logo If you want to find out how they can help your business, email info@hesnetwork.org.uk.


Ways into Work is part funded by the European Union European Social Fund.

The Big Step programme for graduates - 3, 4 and 25 April

Are you an East London graduate still looking to take that 'Big Step' into a graduate level career?

Loughborough University London's free Big Step programme could help get you on the right track.

Page updated: 10/03/2017 17:37:30