Becoming an apprentice is even easier thanks to changes to Council's recruitment process


Are you interested in becoming an apprentice in Hackney? The Council has changed the way it recruits so it can offer a wider range of opportunities within the Council and its partner employers - in time for National Apprenticeship Week, next week. 

Rather than apply for a particular post, candidates need now only express an interest in becoming an apprentice. Successful candidates will be added to the Council's applicant pool and invited to apply for all relevant apprenticeships at the Council and with employers as they arise.

The Council recruits candidates on potential, regardless of background or academic achievements and experience.

An apprenticeship is a full-time or part-time job with at least 20 per cent of the apprentice's time spent studying. Apprentices work in lots of different areas, including housing, ICT, trades, business administration, youth work, and finance. Apprenticeships gain ‘levels’ that are equivalent to educational qualifications, from Level 2 equivalent to GCSE up to Level 7 equivalent to a Master’s degree.

Next week is National Apprenticeship Week. To mark this, the Council is hosting two virtual events for residents of any age to find out more about apprenticeships. 

  • Apprenticeship information session

Monday, 7 February 


Find out all about the Council's award-winning apprenticeship scheme and hear from past and current apprentices.

Sign up 

  • Digital sector apprenticeships

Tuesday, 8 February 


Find out about apprenticeships and careers in the digital and tech sector. 

Sign up 

There are more than 100 apprentices at the Council and since the launch of the apprenticeship programme in 2016 we have recruited over 270 apprentices.  The Council attracts more applicants than it can directly employ, that’s why it supports the local business community by offering its services to help bring together the incredible wealth of talented Hackney people with local apprenticeship opportunities.

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources

This year’s National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of Hackney Council’s apprenticeship scheme since it was first launched in 2016. It’s also an time to outline what we set out to achieve as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This highly successful programme will continue to help young people enter the joba market for the first time while also helping older residents gain new qualifications and skills to find quality employment.

Changes to the programme will empower residents struggling financially in a challenging labour market to make the most of job and training opportunities that can change their lives.

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources

To find out more, visit our website, or sign up for the expression of interest / apprenticeship network to be the first to hear when we have apprenticeship opportunities.

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