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GBP £23,421 23421 - Scale 2
Contract Type
Contract Length
27 months
Contracted Hours
Full Time - 36 hours per week
DBS Required
Chief Executive's
Chief Executive
Closing date

This is an exciting opportunity to become a paralegal apprentice in the law relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).    You will gain valuable experience in this interesting and complex area of law, where practitioners are highly sought after.  You will also gain a qualification as a paralegal.  

Introduction to the service:

You will be based within legal services, but work mainly with the SEND Legal Compliance Lead Officer, who is part of the SEND department within the Council.  You will also work with the education lawyer. SEND is a key function of the Council, working with schools and parents to ensure that Hackney children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities access suitable education that meets their needs.  

Key accountabilities:

You will spend at least 20% of your employed time completing training & learning activities to complete the Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship Standard. 

You will also have access to the apprenticeship development, networking & progression workshops that we run regularly.

Skills and Experience needed / eligibility:

  • – Observant of need for confidentiality and sensitivity in dealing with SEND work.
  • – Good communication skills: adaptable and polite, both in writing and verbally. You will be working with officers at various management levels.
  • – Organised: ability to prioritise effectively in order to manage competing demands and deadlines. Has good time management skills and can deliver work on time with attention to detail.
  • – Resilient: the ability to manage a demanding workload and to deal with a range of stakeholders with competing priorities.
  • – Analytical: the ability to draw conclusions that are sensible given the information available.  Understands graphs and charts.
  • – Ability to consider problems carefully and offer creative solutions.
  • – Good IT skills: experience with Office packages including Word and Excel or G-Suite.
  • – Adaptable and flexible: embraces change and adapts successfully to changing situations and environments.


For this position, the minimum age is 18 and you must already have the following:

GCSEs A-C / 4-9 in Maths and English 

You will not be eligible for the apprenticeship if you already hold an equivalent level paralegal 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 EEA 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.

Other relevant information: This is a fixed-term Apprenticeship of 27 months, with 20% of employed hours allowed for training. 

If you have any questions about this role, please contact apprenticeships@hackney.gov.uk

About the Hackney Apprenticeship Programme:

Hackney Council’s Apprenticeship Programme is designed to create quality opportunities for Hackney residents and Hackney school leavers. All of our programmes combine work and study towards a mandatory recognised qualification. As an apprentice with us, you will receive a competitive salary, holiday entitlement and a package of support. 

We are looking for candidates who demonstrate: 

  • – A commitment to undertake a qualification.
  • – 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.


There are more than 100 apprentices at the Council. To find out more about what it is like to be an apprentice at Hackney Council – check out our Apprentice Blog

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.

Application Information:

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 and relate them to the job description. Please take your time and answer these questions as fully as you can. This may make the difference between getting an interview or not.

You do not need to upload a CV.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 22 May 2022

Assessment Session:

If you have yet to be assessed all eligible applicants will be invited to complete assessment tasks.  This will allow the team to assess your suitability for the role and decide if you are shortlisted for the next stage.

You must be able to attend this session, to progress to the next stage. 

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: Hackneyworksinfo@hackney.gov.uk

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.