Hackney Council celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 2019
Hackney Council celebrated National Apprenticeship Week, with an award ceremony recognising apprentices and managers for the work they do to make the scheme so successful.
National Apprenticeship Week, which ran from 4 to 8 March 2019, is not only an opportunity to highlight the fantastic work that apprentices do but also a chance to show how they benefit individuals, businesses and the economy.As one of the biggest employers in the borough, the Council is playing a leading role in providing apprenticeships for residents, currently employing over 100 apprentices across every service area.
Coinciding with National Apprenticeship Week, the Council’s Apprenticeship team launched the Hackney Apprenticeship Network to support local businesses to employ apprentices. This is achieved by connecting employers with potential candidates and by providing funding and guidance.
There is something extra magical about being an apprentice within Hackney Council and that’s the opportunity to be apart of the apprenticeship community we have created.
Hackney apprentices bring a fresh energy and perspective to the council, they are key to developing a talented workforce and, in the process, they advance the skills they need in a fast changing labour market. The connections they have with the local community is as important for them as it is for residents who many of them get to meet in their day-to-day job. I want business across Hackney to learn from our success, and gain the same benefits we have from having a quality apprenticeship programme.
Nia O'Garro-Simpson is a Communications Apprentice for the Council. Her role involves writing content for the Hackney Wick Award website, uploading posts on social media and writing press releases.
What I like about my apprenticeship is the creative freedom that I get on projects as well as seeing my work online or in the newspaper. I’ve learnt a lot about how to manoeuvre the digital world and I’m excited to see where I can go with it.
Hackney Apprenticeships are open to anyone who lives in the borough, have been educated in Hackney or are care leavers for whom Hackney Council is a ‘corporate parent’.All Council apprentices aged over 18 are paid a starting salary of over £20,000 per year, which is above London Living Wage, and well above the average apprenticeship salary.
Council apprentices are given accredited training from a high-quality provider, a package of support which includes mentoring, and support to progress into a permanent job or a higher apprenticeship qualification.
To learn more about the Hackney Apprentice Network visit: http://investinhackney.org/han