The Hackney 100 programme enables 100 young people aged 16-19 to gain experience of the world of work, equipping them with the skills and confidence needed to succeed in their future careers. Placements will take place on a flexible basis, with hours arranged around their studies or other commitments.
The scheme initially launched in 2014 as a response to a decline in traditional ‘Saturday jobs’, with only 18% of young people combining part-time work with studies in 2014, compared to 42% in 1996. Not only will Hackney 100 participants earn £7.50 per hour, they will also gain a valuable insight into a range of growing sectors in Hackney, from finance, media and design to tech and engineering.
Completing a placement will help young people to build up their CV and stand out on future job and UCAS applications – previous participants have gone on to secure full-time jobs, further placements and top university offers. Building on the success of 2014/15, this year’s scheme aims to bring more local employers on board to support even more ambitious young people across the borough.