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GBP £22,002 to £23,211 22002


Scale 1 - Scale 3


Children, Adults & Community Health


Young Hackney

DBS Required


Contract Type

Apprenticeship - Full Time

Closing date


Young Hackney Apprenticeships: 6 Posts, Level 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 candidates who have passion and enthusiasm, reliability, 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.

Young Hackney are recruiting six apprentices – five Youth Work apprentices and one Play Work apprentice.

Young Hackney is the Council’s service for all young people aged 6 – 19. We aim to help all of Hackney’s young people to enjoy their youth and become independent and successful adults. Young Hackney runs activities for young people across the borough, and offers advice and help support to young people who need it, on subjects like education, employment, housing or health. You can read more on the Young Hackney website.

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 apprenticeship programme website and our apprentice blog.

Youthwork Apprentice – 5 Posts

Youth Work Level 3 Qualification, 14 Months

Based in various venues across the borough – in youth hubs, community settings, and schools – your work will include planning and delivery of various activities and/or group work. You will be based mainly in one team for your apprenticeship – either the School and Youth Sports team, the Participation and Engagement team, or the Universal team. You will be asked to take part in the activities and demonstrate how informal learning can support young peoples’ development. You will learn how to reflect on your work at all times in order to improve your practice, offering ideas to team meetings and feedback sessions. You will demonstrate your listening skills and be able to support young people in decision making processes, and challenge young people when necessary to enhance their knowledge or personal development.

Some work will be regularly delivered outdoors, in all weather and on residential trips throughout the UK.

You will work at times that suit the young people we work with, so that includes two evening sessions every week (up to 9pm) and occasional weekend work.

Playwork Apprentice – 1 Post

Play Work Level 3 Qualification, 18 Months

You will be based mainly with the play team at Shoreditch Adventure Playground. Our Adventure Playgrounds create an environment where children and young people can test boundaries, grow resilience, enjoy freedom and make sense of the world. You will help create and maintain a safe, creative, and stimulating environment for children’s play where every child feels welcome and is considered important. You will contribute to the development and delivery of programmes offered by the playground including after school, weekend and holiday provision in accordance with the Playwork Principles.

This is a physically demanding role, with work predominantly outdoors on the adventure playground. You will be expected to deliver a variety of play activities outdoors all year round and in all weather conditions.

The hours of work for this role are:

School Holidays: Monday to Friday: 9:30am to 5:30pm

Winter term time: Tuesday to Friday: 10:45am to 7:15pm, Saturday:9:30am – 5:30pm

Summer term time:Tuesday to Friday: 11:15am to 7:45pm, Saturday:9:30am – 5:30pm


Please note, an Enhanced DBS check is required for these roles.

There is no upper age limit for our apprenticeships. For the Play Work apprenticeship, you must be 16 by 1 September 2020. For Youth Work apprenticeships, 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.