Trade apprenticeships open to candidates - apply today
Want to earn money, learn new skills and gain a good qualification? Then apply for Hackney Council’s trade apprenticeship scheme – now open to candidates.
Hackney’s housing service is currently looking for young people aged between 16 and 18 years old, who live or study in Hackney, to become apprentices in the construction industry, including in carpentry, electrical, gas, multi-trade and plumbing.
Apprentices will be provided with a structured training programme and those aged 18 will be paid the London Living Wage. The programme includes onsite training, working alongside qualified tradespeople, and attending college to gain an industry-recognised qualification. The apprenticeships are between two and four years, depending on the trade.
Lucy Ransom, 18, a first year apprentice electrician for the housing service, said: “The apprentice scheme has really opened doors for me - I get to learn in an interesting hands-on way alongside qualified professionals. I also get a proper wage, which I am saving up to get driving lessons. I feel like I have a lot more opportunities now, I have an education I feel like I can use.
“I really enjoy being part of the apprenticeship scheme: you get to meet people from all walks of life, learn with qualified people and use your skills directly. I would recommend it to other people. If you are not sure about what to do with you future, a trade apprentice is great, especially with the Council, one of the best things it offers is security, security in your job and security in what you’re learning will pay off.”
Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity. Recruits will earn as they learn, and at the end of their course, they will leave equipped with industry-recognised qualifications.
In particular, I would encourage young women to apply as they are currently underrepresented in the construction sector.
This scheme is a great opportunity for young people to not only help build a better future for themselves but for the borough too.
The scheme has been running since 2002, including until recently by Hackney Homes, with apprentices able to gain qualifications in NVQ Levels 2/3 or equivalent in their chosen trade.
In that time, 83 apprentices have been employed by the scheme, with 86 of per cent of those gaining permanent jobs in the Council on completion of their apprenticeship.
Young people who are interested in the apprenticeship scheme should visit here to apply; or call 020 8356 6935
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, 8 July 2016