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Hackney 100 participant Amera in front of desk

100 young Hackney residents get set for work

Hackney 100 participant Amera sits at desk

Inspire! has been appointed to deliver a unique paid work placement scheme for local young people, in partnership with Hackney Council. Drawing on our connections with local schools, colleges and youth centres, we will be responsible for recruiting and preparing young people to take part in the programme.

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.

Read more about the scheme in a recent feature in Hackney Today, or find out how to apply here.

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