Hackney Council is named Britain’s best school leavers employer

Hackney Council has won a national prize for school leaver employment in the public sector.

Based on direct feedback by apprentices employed by the Council, the award was announced at the sixth annual School Leaver Awards 2018,

The achievement was unveiled at the sixth annual School Leaver Awards 2018 and was an added bonus to the Council already being listed as a top 100 employer for the same group.

In the lead up to the award, young people on Hackney’s apprenticeship programme were asked anonymously to complete a survey, giving feedback on every aspect of their working lives, from job satisfaction and career progression, to company culture and work/life balance.

The Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville, and Deputy Mayor Anntoinette Bramble attended the ceremony. They were accompanied by Cerica, a former Tenancy and Leasehold apprentice now working as a Leasehold Services Officer at Hackney Council, along with officers from the employment team who deliver the programme and support apprentices. The Council's attendance at the awards was sponsored by the Centre for Housing and Support (CHS), the council's prime training provider for Housing apprenticeships.

The Council beat six other public sector organisations to clinch the top prize.

The Council, which is playing a leading role in providing opportunities for school leavers, launched Hackney Apprentices last year, and currently has over 100 young people employed through its apprenticeship programme. The next recruitment drive - for over 30 apprentices in areas including ICT, plumbing, electrical, and youth work – will take place in the summer.

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
Winning this award is a testament to our determination to provide a nurturing and successful apprenticeship programme, and I am delighted we have won as it gives the scheme the national recognition it truly deserves. I want Hackney to continue to be ambitious about what we can do to support residents to succeed and we are committed to creating more apprenticeship and training opportunities for local people in the borough.

Our aim is to ensure that our apprentices have the skills, experience and qualifications to flourish in their roles and their careers thereafter. 
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources
This is an incredible achievement for a programme that started just over a year ago. We set out to deliver a quality apprenticeship programme and I couldn't be more pleased that we have the seal of approval from our apprentices.

Many previous apprentices who have completed their qualifications are now employed with the Council - a fantastic outcome for local people who are making a difference to lives of residents every day.
Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources

Hackney Council also runs the Hackney 100 scheme which aims to give 100 young people in the borough access to their first paid work experience role.

The Council would like to thank the  who sponsored its attendance at the awards.

To find out more about Hackney Apprentices visit: www.hackney.gov.uk/apprenticeships or email apprenticeships@hackney.gov.uk.