Local businesses encouraged to join the Hackney 100 scheme
Hackney Council is running its innovative Hackney 100 programme this year and is calling for local businesses to sign-up to the scheme and support young people to achieve their ambitions.
Following a successful programme in 2017/18, the Council is continuing its paid work placement scheme for Hackney residents aged 16 - 24*.
The programme aims to give 100 young people who live or study in Hackney their first experience of the working world while enabling employers to attract and retain future talent.
The Hackney 100 programme has seen many young residents take up placements across a whole host of industries. We want to make this year even better by increasing the number of local businesses partnering with the council to support young people across the borough, offering them quality work experience placements.
Some of Hackney’s key growth sectors can feel inaccessible to many young people from Hackney. Laying the foundations so they can experience meaningful, paid experience with insights into these careers is a vital first step.
Hackney 100 offers businesses a great chance to work with the Council to maximise opportunities for residents while also developing committed and competitive employees who can bring a unique set of invaluable skills to their company.
The Council is leading by example by employing 25 Hackney 100 participants across various departments.
Many other local businesses including well known global brands such as Amazon, and local businesses like Diversity Films, Second Home and Harvard Knight have already signed up to the programme.
Amazon UK also took part in last year’s Hackney 100 programme and is an advocate of the scheme.
We thoroughly enjoyed having young people from the local area working in the business.
They brought diverse perspectives to the work we do every day and gave employees the opportunity to mentor young people on their future careers. There is a wealth of talent in the local community, and employees will get as much out of the programme as the young people going through it.
The roles secured will give young people an insight into future careers and the variety of opportunities available in Hackney as well as providing relevant experience and skills to make them more employable when they leave school, college or university.
Hackney 100 has prepared me for my future in the world of work. Due to the right training and support, I was able to secure a place with Nexus Productions. The opportunity has helped me boost my confidence and I am so thankful to all those that have been involved.
There are roles on offer across a number of business sectors, including tech, design and media as well as positions in hospitality, catering, construction, engineering and finance.
If your business would like to be involved in the Hackney 100 programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information visit: hackney.gov.uk/hackney100
*No upper age limit applies for those with a disability or health condition.