Hackney Council,

Free employment and training support available for young people


Exam results day is always an anxious time of year for final year students. This year, parents and school leavers are more anxious than ever. That is why Hackney Council has committed to offering a one-to-one virtual advice session to help school leavers navigate the options available to them.

The Hackney Works team has dedicated advisors focused on supporting young people and helping them find a further education course or explore employment opportunities. 

As part of a new guaranteed offer, advisors will have a conversation with young people to understand their career hopes and aspirations. They will work with them to develop an action plan that can include access to employability workshops such as CV writing, interview prep and signposting to support from JobCentrePlus, New City College, BSix College, Ingeus (employment & health support) and Hackney CVS.

Hackney Works also has a job brokerage service which will link young people to placements and jobs.

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources
Students across the borough are receiving their A-level results today and GCSE results next week. I recognise the hard work and commitment from young people and their teachers during these challenging times. 

This has been an incredibly difficult and uncertain period for year 11 and year 13 students with many worried about being away from the classroom, their peers, and not being able to sit the exams they have worked hard for.

As a council, we are committed to supporting our young people to access the support and guidance they may need through a guaranteed one-to-one advice session with an employment support worker. Our dedicated advisors will work to advise and signpost young people to the training, education and employment opportunities available to them.

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

The Council is also working with local businesses to secure paid work placements for 16-24 years olds.

The Council’s Young People’s service, Young Hackney is also hosting the annual Summer Careers Festival on Friday 21 August 2020. At this event, young people will be able to access free expert advice and guidance and speak to professional careers advisers from Prospects. 

Local colleges and training providers will also be on hand to talk about the opportunities they are offering. 

With the present coronavirus restrictions, the festival will be a combination of face-to-face and virtual sessions. For more information please contact Jim.Asbury@prospect.co.uk or visit www.younghackney.org/summer-careers-festival/ Age: 16+

Career advice and guidance can also be accessed directly through schools.

Register with Hackney Works here or call: 020 8356 5700.

Apprenticeships frequently updated here: hackneyworks.hackney.gov.uk/apprenticeships

Hackney Works school leavers interview workshop 27th August 2020 book here

Find out where to find careers advice in the borough click here: Get-careers-advice

ELBA runs the Parity Project to connect Black Men aged 18-30 to corporate careers in Canary Wharf and the City. Find out more about the Parity Project here

Short courses from a range of providers including employers and universities at different levels. To find out more look here: theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk