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Salary - Grade
GBP £25,776 25776 - Scale 2
Contract Type
Apprenticeship
Contracted Hours
Full Time - 36 hours per week
DBS Required
No
Department
Chief Executive's
Service
Finance & Corporate Resources
Closing date
04/12/2022

This is a Customer Services Apprenticeship within the Customer Service team.

The Council prides itself on offering high levels of customer service to its residents and external services.

This role is a perfect entry position for anyone with an interest in pursuing a career in Customer Service as well as a career within Public Services.  

As a Customer Services Apprentice, you will be the first point of contact for customers. This might be via the phone, face-to-face or over social media.

You will respond to requests in a professional manner that effectively addresses the concern raised. You will also complete such takes as; processing forms, raising orders and applications, re-routing calls and undertaking customer verifications via internal ICT systems. You will support the team to meet corporate targets for first-call resolution and other key metrics.

Hackney Council’s Apprenticeship Programme is designed to create quality opportunities for Hackney residents and school leavers. All of our programmes last at least 14 months and combine work, training, and study towards a recognised qualification in a relevant subject. As an apprentice with us, you will receive a competitive salary, holiday entitlement and a package of support. You will spend at least 6 hours of your working week on your qualification or taking part in training and development activities.

We are looking for candidates with:

– Passion and enthusiasm

– Reliability

– Good organisational skills

– A desire to deliver a high-quality service to Hackney residents

– The ability to form good working relationships with others

– A commitment to undertake a qualification

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

Eligibility for this apprenticeship:

For this position, you will either:**

Already hold at least a Level 1 or GCSE A*-D / 4-9 in Maths and English

OR

Be willing to complete this during your apprenticeship training.

**If you hold an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or a learning difficulty assessment (LDA) these criteria may not apply and you will be assessed individually

You will not be eligible for the apprenticeship if you already hold an equivalent level Customer Service qualification.  

You must also meet at least one of the additional set criteria for eligibility for our apprenticeship positions:

– 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.

To access Apprenticeship training funding you must also:

– Hold a British/EEA passport or have permission from the UK government to live in the UK AND

– Have been resident in the UK or EEA for at least the last three years.  If you are a resident of the EEA, you must have settled or confirmed settled status in the UK.

You must be able to evidence that you meet the eligibility criteria. Please ensure that you have read the eligibility criteria in the Job Description & Person Specification. You will not be eligible if you cannot provide this evidence.

The recruitment process is anonymous. Therefore, we do not accept supporting statements or CVs.

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.

 

Please refer to the Job Description attached for more information on what is required and the role you’re applying for.

This application process replaces a supporting statement.

Closing date for applications: 04 December 2022

Assessments: TBC

Interviews: To be confirmed and scheduled for January 2023

 Vision and equality statement to be added at the end after the closing date

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 underrepresented in our workforce.

The Council has a dedicated employment support service (Hackney Works), which offers Hackney residents guidance in relation to applying for jobs. If you are thinking about applying for a job, please contact the Hackney Works team to find out what support is available: hackneyworksjobs@hackney.gov.uk