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GBP £19,804 to £23,014 19804


ENGIN 18, PLUM 18, BDVC 18, Scale 2


Neighbourhoods & Housing



DBS Required


Contract Type

Apprenticeship - Full Time

Closing date


Construction-Related Apprenticeships: 6 Posts, Levels 2 & 3

Hackney Council’s award-winning apprenticeship programme has been designed to create quality opportunities for Hackney residents and school leavers. All of our apprenticeships last at least 13 months and combine paid work, training, and study towards a recognised qualification in a relevant subject. As an apprentice with us, you will earn at least the London Living Wage, and get a package of support including additional learning and development, and help to progress into a job or further apprenticeship. Over two thirds of our apprentices stay with Hackney Council.

We are looking for practically-minded candidates who have passion and enthusiasm, are reliable, have good organisation skills, a desire to deliver a high quality service for Hackney residents, the ability to form good working relationships with others and a commitment to undertaking a qualification.

There are a number of construction related apprenticeship opportunities in Housing Repairs (DLO), ranging from Gas Engineering to Painting. You will train to become a fully qualified operative in your chosen trade. You will be learning key skills to repair, maintain and improve the housing stock of Hackney Council. 

We also have an apprenticeship to train as a Surveyor within our Building Control Team. In this apprenticeship, you’ll learn to ensure that building regulations and other legislative requirements are followed when buildings are designed and constructed.

Construction is one of the fastest growing sectors in London and more generally across the country. The skills and qualifications you will gain from these apprenticeships will provide you with the first step towards a great career.

You will spend 20% of your time working towards your qualification or taking part in training and development activities, with the remaining time spent gaining work-based experience.

To find out more about what it is like to be an apprentice at Hackney Council – check out our website and our apprentice blog.

Apprentice Gas Engineer (Domestic)

Gas Engineering Operative Level 3 for Two Years

Grade ENGIN 18 (starting salary £19,804)

Gas engineering involves the safe installation, commission, decommission and ongoing service and repair of gas appliances. On a daily basis, you will be visiting Hackney Council properties to carry out general repairs and adaptations. You will learn to work on central heating boilers, gas fires, space heaters, cookers, gas meters and unvented hot water systems. You will also learn how to install gas appliances and how they work, along with energy efficiency regulations.

Apprentice Plumber

Plumbing & Domestic Heating Technician Level 3 for Four Years

Grade PLUM 18 (starting salary £19,804)

The apprentice in this role will learn how to provide an effective plumbing repairs/maintenance service to Hackney Council properties including public buildings across the borough. You will learn to install and repair baths, sinks, toilets, wash hand basins, complete sink base units and clear blockages.

Apprentice Carpenter

Carpentry & Joinery Level 2 for Two Years

Grade BDVC 18 (starting salary £19,804)

You will be visiting Hackney Council properties to carry out general repairs and maintenance work. You will be learning how to install joinery items such as doors, windows, wall and floor units, skirting, panels and complete sink base units etc.

Apprentice Painter

Painter & Decorator Level 2 for Three Years

Grade BDVC 18 (starting salary £19,804)

The apprentice in this role will be carrying out painting and decorating work in tenanted/void properties and public buildings around the borough. You will learn how to undertake different types of painting and redecoration works including preparing surfaces, hanging wallpaper and painting.

Multi-Trade Apprentice

Property Maintenance Operative Level 2 for Two Years

Grade BDVC 18 (starting salary £19,804)

You will visit Hackney Council properties to carry out a range of repairs and maintenance work. You will learn skills in various trades such as plumbing, carpentry, plastering and painting and decorating to enable you to repair and renew items in Hackney Council residential properties and public buildings around the borough.

Building Control Apprentice

Surveying Technician Level 3 for Two Years

Grade Scale 2 (starting salary £22,398)

This is an apprenticeship within the Council’s Building Control team which is part of the Planning service. The team’s main purpose is to set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health for people in or about those buildings. You’ll learn to ensure that building regulations and other legislative requirements are followed when buildings are designed and constructed.


There is no upper age limit for our apprenticeships. For all of the apprenticeships above, you must be 16 by 1 September 2020, except for the Building Control Apprenticeship, for which you must be 18 by 1 September 2020.

For all apprenticeships in the UK you must meet both of the following conditions:

– You must hold a British or European Economic Area (EEA) passport or have permission from the UK government to live in the UK

– Have been ordinarily resident in the UK or an EEA country for at least the last three years

To be eligible for a Hackney Council apprenticeship, you must be able to prove that at least one of the following criteria apply to you:

– You are a current resident of the London Borough of Hackney

– You are a current student at a Hackney education institution (school, college, university, PRU/alternative provision, Adult Learning provision)

– You are a former student at a Hackney secondary education institution and completed at least one GCSE or equivalent Level 2 qualification there

– You are a current or former recipient of Hackney leaving care services.

These apprenticeships do not require any prior qualifications. You will be required to take a short English and Maths assessment to ensure you are able to complete functional skills at the required level by the end of the apprenticeship (if you don’t already hold an equivalent level of qualification e.g. GCSE A*-C, Functional Skills Level 2). If you have special educational needs, you will be eligible for the apprenticeship if you are able to achieve English and Maths at Entry Level 3 by the end of the apprenticeship.

Please carefully read the job descriptions for detailed eligibility criteria.

Recruitment Process:

When completing the application form, please make sure you tell us which of the apprenticeships detailed above is your preference and why.

All eligible applicants will be invited to attend an assessment session where you will be asked to participate in group activities. Due to the Coronavirus situation, it may be that we assess candidates in smaller groups or remotely if necessary.

If you are a Hackney resident and would like support to complete your application form, or receive interview support, please register with Hackney Works.

Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. We have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud.

If you want to work in a place where you can represent our values so we achieve the best for our residents, please click on the apply button below.

When applying, there will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience. You are not required to submit a supporting statement or CV.

Closing date for applications: 14 June 2020 (22:59)

Assessments and interviews: July 2020 and August 2020

Expected start date: September 2020

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.