Scheme to help young Hackney people kickstart their careers

Young woman stands with mask on and overalls.

A scheme in Hackney will offer hundreds of young people six-month work placements over the coming months. - Credit: Kickstart

A scheme in Hackney will see hundreds of young people offered work placements over the next few months. 

Hackney Council has just been approved by the government to act as a "gateway" organisation for the Kickstart Scheme, which aims to help 16- to 24-year-olds who are out of work to get on the job ladder. 

Hundreds of six-month work placements will be offered, with 48 applicants employed directly by Hackney Council. 

Cllr Carole Williams, employment chief for the local authority, said: “The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been hard on young people in Hackney, leaving many anxious about what to do next in terms of education and employment. 

“As a council it is crucial that we harness the extraordinary talent of our young people in this borough to ensure that a generation isn’t left behind by these economically challenging times."

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To join this scheme, applicants must be on Universal Credit or be willing to apply for Universal Credit.

Those interested can complete the form at to apply.

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