Kickstart your career with Hackney Opportunities Fortnight


A fortnight of free workshops and events, designed to get Hackney’s under-24s into employment or training, will launch on 5 March.

Hackney Opportunities Fortnight is a packed programme of free events, activities and workshops that will help Hackney’s young people explore their future careers. They will be able to hear from those in-the-know and find out about educational courses or training to help make a dream career become a reality.

Young residents will be spoilt for choice with 16 different events, promoted in a leaflet free to pick-up across Hackney’s Youth Hubs and Libraries while also available online, that will cover a wide range of employment topics, from getting career aspirations off the starting line, to how to get back into work, training or education and how volunteering can help to get that first job.

There are also creative events to help young people illustrate their career ambitions with art and sculpture; the launch of the Saturday Sewing Project for burgeoning fashion designers and an introduction to Bootstrap creative space in Dalston which includes a Q&A with the self-employed and small businesses that work there and an event that will feature inspirational women form various professions discussing their career stories with young women.

Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney
"Hackney is a borough with a huge variety of opportunities across all industries, from retail and hospitality to tech and fashion, amongst many others. However, despite this huge local economic growth, some of our young people may be finding it difficult to start a chosen profession; might not know what career is right for them; or would simply like to hear directly from those that have built careers, how they managed to do it.

“That’s where Hackney Opportunities Fortnight comes in. We’ve teamed-up with a host of partners to arrange a great line-up of events that will give Hackney’s young people an opportunity to explore their ambitions, get the know-how from Hackney businesses, while also finding out what training, further education or volunteering roles may help to start a career or get back into employment. I would encourage all Hackney’s young people considering their future career options to attend these free events, to help make the most of the opportunities Hackney has to offer."
Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney

Hackney Council has teamed up with the Hackney Learning Trust, universities, colleges and businesses to arrange Hackney Opportunities Fortnight.

Details on all Hackney Opportunities Fortnight events can be seen via the Young Hackney website, leaflets free to pick-up across Hackney Council locations.