Apply now to be part of the Hackney 100
Applications are now open for the Hackney 100 programme, a paid work placement scheme for Hackney residents aged 16-19.
The unique initiative, which was piloted in 2014/15, gives 100 young people who live or study in Hackney their first experience of the working world and enables employers to attract and retain future talent.
Creating real opportunities for residents to access work experience, training and jobs in our growing economy is incredibly important to me. So I'm delighted to bring back the Hackney 100 programme to support local young people in realising their ambitions. It is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get their foot on the career ladder, work with local industries and build-up a CV.
Hackney 100 participants will work with high-calibre local employees whilst earning £7.50 per hour for a minimum of 70 hours. Placements are flexible to ensure both businesses and local young people get the most out of the programme, with the specific days worked arranged between the business and the participant.
Hackney Council will be working in partnership with Inspire!, a local organisation that supports the education, training and development of young people, to deliver the programme.
The programme will help to provide young people in Hackney with the skills, confidence and contacts to become successful after they leave education. Previous participants have gone on to secure jobs, complete further work placements with other companies and receive offers from top universities.
There are roles on offer across a number of business sectors, including tech, design, media and fashion as well as positions in hospitality, catering, engineering and finance. Hackney Council will be employing 25 participants in a variety of roles across the Council and many other local businesses including Berkeley Homes, Optimity and Superimpose Studio have also already signed up to the programme.
Jordan Barrett, 18, took part in the Hackney 100 programme pilot working as a research assistant at Broadway Market. He said: “Hackney 100 stood out to me because it was easily integrated into my school life. At the time I was actively in sixth form and it gave me something to do on Saturdays. I wanted to gain some work experience – my C.V. at the time was good but I wanted to make it better.”
Jordan worked at Broadway Market for 11 months and built a strong relationship with the market’s general manager. He explained: “I see it as a 50:50 split between employers and participants in order to build strong and lasting relationships. My general manager was very supportive thought the placement and we’re still in contact now!”
For more information and to apply for the Hackney 100 programme visit hackney.gov.uk/hackney100.