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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.

School careers programmes will also include events and activities to help pupils find out more about the world of work and provide their pupils with information about out of school resources and events. Your Head of Year will be able to introduce you to the careers staff in your school.

Quality in Careers Standard

The Department for Education recently announced the Quality in Careers Standard for schools offering a high quality holistic careers programme for their pupils. The majority of Hackney secondary schools are working towards this standard and Cardinal Pole Catholic School achieved the award in summer 2017. 

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-8.30pm (drop in)
    Forest Road Youth Hub, 29 Forest Road, E8 3BY
  • Wednesdays 6pm-8.30pm (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 matrix accredited service offers free confidential careers counselling for adults in Hackney over the age of 19 years.

  • Adult and Family Learning in Hackney
  • Accessing college and university higher education, including advice on student funding
  • Careers advice for all professions including teaching and social work
  • Other education and training opportunities
  • Signposting to volunteering opportunities

For more information please contact Naina Kent on 020 8820 7172 / 7047 or via email at naina.kent@learningtrust.co.uk

For Initial Assessment Advice and Guidance for Maths, English and Computing classes contact Sai Wong on 020 8820 7703 or sai.wong@learningtrust.co.uk

Useful contacts

For further support, please contact our community partners:

  • Hackney Works: 020 8356 5700 for employment advice and job search skills
  • Volunteer Centre Hackney: 020 7241 4443
  • Hackney CVS: 020 7923 1962

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. Most of the careers advice they 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.

  • Dalston Job Centre Plus
    Playle House, Tottenham Road, N1 4BY

  • Hackney Job Centre Plus
    271 Mare Street, E8 1EE

  • Hoxton Job Centre Plus
    30 Drysdale Street, N1 6LT

Find out more information about Hackney Job Centres including opening hours and services offered.

Hackney Works 

Hackney Works 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.