This is an exciting opportunity to become a finance apprentice for a dynamic and diverse Local Authority. We will be recruiting two finance apprentices and are looking for people who are passionate about finance, aware of the demands on Local Authorities and who are dedicated to their own learning and development.
Finance plays a key role in local authorities, especially during this era of Covid and austerity. Reductions to public sector funding are providing greater challenges, and the need to ensure we continue to provide high-quality services that demonstrate value for money. As a Finance Apprentice, you will develop effective financial management skills in areas such as budget setting, budget monitoring and closure of accounts.
This fixed-term Finance apprenticeship programme combines work, on and off the job training, and study towards a Professional Diploma in Accounting Level 4 as part of the Association of Accounting Technicians Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard.
You will spend at least 20% of your fixed term contract completing training & learning activities to complete this. You will also have access to the apprenticeship development, networking & progression workshops that we run regularly.
To achieve this Apprenticeship qualification, you will need to already hold both:
- At least a Level 2 or GCSE A*-C / 4-9 in maths and English
- A Level 3 AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting or Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship
You will not be eligible for the apprenticeship if you already hold a finance or accounting related qualification at level 4 or above.
We have additional set criteria for eligibility for our apprenticeship positions.
You must have at least one of the below links to the borough:
- You are a current resident of the London Borough of Hackney
- You are a current student at a Hackney education institution (school, college, university, PRU/alternative provision, Adult Learning provision)
- You are a former student at a Hackney secondary education institution and completed at least one GCSE or equivalent Level 2 qualification there0
- You are a current or former recipient of Hackney leaving care services.
NB - we will ask for proof of your link to the borough
(e.g. proof of address, school/college registration/certificates)
- You must hold a British or EEA passport or have permission from the UK government to live in the UK
- have been resident in the UK or EEA for at least the last three years.
- have the right to work in the UK for the duration of the Apprenticeship.
Please ensure that you have read the eligibility criteria in the Job Description & Person Specification.
You will not be eligible if you cannot provide this evidence.
If you have any questions about this role, please contact
About the Hackney Apprenticeship Programme:
Hackney Council's Apprenticeship Programme is designed to create quality opportunities for Hackney residents and Hackney school leavers. All of our programmes combine work and study towards a mandatory recognised qualification. As an apprentice with us, you will receive a competitive salary, holiday entitlement and a package of support.
We are looking for candidates who demonstrate:
- A commitment to undertake a qualification.
- Passion and enthusiasm.
- Good organisational skills.
- A desire to deliver a high-quality service to Hackney residents.
- The ability to form good working relationships with others.
There are more than 100 apprentices at the Council. To find out more about what it is like to be an apprentice at Hackney Council - check out our Apprentice Blog
Hackney is one of the UK's highest performing local authorities, serving one of London's best places to live and work. We have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud.
There will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience and relate them to the job description. Please take your time and answer these questions as fully as you can. This may make the difference between getting an interview or not.
You do not need to upload a CV.
Closing date for applications: Sunday 27 June 2021
Assessment Session: 13- 15 July 2021
All eligible applicants will be invited to attend an assessment session where you will be asked to participate in group activities. This will allow the team to assess your suitability for the role and decide if you are shortlisted for the next stage.
You must be able to attend this session, to progress to the next stage.
The Council has a dedicated employment support service (Hackney Works), which offers Hackney residents guidance in relation to applying for jobs. If you are thinking about applying for a job, please contact the Hackney Works team to find out what support is available:
We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.
Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under-represented in our workforce.