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Careers advice in Hackney

Hackney has lots of places to get advice on careers, education and training.  All the services below can offer advice on improving your CV and interview techniques. Schools, and Hackney Careers Service, offer services for under 19s (up to 25 for those with additional needs). Job Centre Plus and Ways into Work mainly support those aged 18+ but have a limited service for those aged 16-18.  Hackney Learning Trust’s Adult Learning Service offers a range of advice to those over 19.  The National Careers Service offers online, phone and webchat support to those over 12.

Careers advice in schools

All secondary schools provide their pupils with careers advice. Many employ careers advisers who can offer advice about course options, careers and employment, some will have an adviser who visits the school to provide advice.  Schools will also arrange events and activities to help their pupils find out more about the world of work and provide information about out of school resources and events. 

Hackney Careers Service (delivered by Prospects)

The Hackney Careers Service offers an out of school drop-in service for young people aged between 13 and 19 (up to 25 years old if with special educational needs). Careers Advisers can provide advice on what to study and careers or training opportunities.

Both parents/carers can get careers information and advice at the following times and locations:

  • Tuesdays 6pm-9pm via Facebook (search Facebook for Hackney Careers Advice Plus)
  • Tuesdays 1pm-8pm (drop-in)
    Forest Road Youth Hub, 29 Forest Road, E8 3BY
  • Wednesdays 1pm-8pm (drop-in)
    The Edge Youth Hub, 7 Woodberry Grove, N4 1SN
  • Thursdays 1pm-5pm (drop-in)
    Hackney Learning Trust, 2nd Floor, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1CQ
  • Fridays 1pm-5pm (drop-in)
    Hackney Learning Trust, 2nd Floor, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1CQ

Young people not currently in education, employment or training can also book appointments outside of these times by:

If you are over 19 please call 020 8820 7339 for information on available careers advice

Adult Learning Services 

This service offers free and confidential information, advice and guidance for people over the age of 19 in the following areas:

  • Adult and Family Learning in Hackney
  • Other education and training opportunities in Hackney
  • Guidance on CV writing and job search, including advice on filling in application forms and tips on interview techniques
  • Volunteering opportunities in the community
  • Confidence and motivation building

For more information contact Dawna Lee on 020 8820 7278 or via email at dawna.lee@learningtrust.co.uk, or Crystal Butler on 020 8820 7079 or via email at crystal.butler@learningtrust.co.uk

They also offer guidance on:

  • accessing further and higher education, including advice on funding;
  • careers advice for professions including teaching and social work; and
  • redundancy

For more information please contact Naina Kent on 020 8820 7172 or via email at naina.kent@learningtrust.co.uk

Support is also available for ex-offenders. Please contact Alison Kakande on 020 8820 7086 or via email at alison.kakande@learningtrust.co.uk

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service offers online careers information and advice to people over the age of 12. The website contains lots of useful careers related information.

It also offers online real time webchat between 8am and 10pm seven days a week, or free telephone advice on 0800 100 900.  Please note that mobile calls may not be free of charge. If you call from your mobile, tell the adviser your number and they will call you back. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech difficulties you can also call the textphone number 08000 968 336.

The focus of this service is careers and learning, although advisers can suggest suitable alternative sources of information for non-careers issues.  All advisers are trained to offer impartial and confidential careers advice and practical help.

Job Centre Plus

There are three job centres in Hackney, open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am-5pm and Wednesday 10am-5pm.

Most of the careers advice job centres offer is aimed at those over 18 but they can also arrange a careers interview with Prospects staff for those aged 13-19 or provide information about local employment opportunities.

  • Hackney Job Centre Plus
    271 Mare Street, E8 1EE
    Tel:  0345 6043719

    Opening Hours
    Monday - Wednesday 9.00am-5.00pm
    Thursday and Friday 10.00am-5.00pm

  • Hoxton Job Centre Plus
    30 Drysdale Street, N1 6LT
    Tel:  0345 604371

    Opening Hours
    Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.00am-5.00pm
    Tuesday and Thursday 10.00am-5.00pm

  • Dalston Job Centre Plus
    Playle House, Tottenham Road, N1 4BY
    Tel:  0345 6043719

    Opening Hours
    Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.00am-5.00pm
    Tuesday and Thursday 10.00am-5.00pm

Ways into Work 

Ways into Work is the London Borough of Hackney’s employment service. They have information on current and future local vacancies and can also provide advice on how to improve your CV or increase your chances of getting a job at the interview stage.

Useful websites

There is an enormous amount of information available online to help you decide what you want to do with your life; apply to university, an Apprenticeship or a job; plus advising how you might achieve this. Use the dropdown menu on the right of this page to access a selection of sites. Your Careers Officer can also suggest others that you might use.