Jobs and careers

Youth Employment Support

If you are aged between 16 and 24, there are many opportunities to work towards a career you enjoy. But deciding what path to take can be difficult.

There are lots of services available to help young people in Islington plan their futures and get into work.


The Spear Programme helps young people facing disadvantage into work or education by equipping them with confidence, motivation and the vital skills they need to succeed in long-term employment.

Izzy-info is the website for young people, packed with information and advice, details of local youth organisations, plus things to do and places to go.


Apprenticeships are a great way to try a real job, gain experience and work towards a nationally recognised qualification.

The council offers a high quality apprenticeship programme that combines work experience, training and a competitive London Living Wage salary. 

You can also find out about apprenticeships available across the UK:

National  Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides high quality, free and impartial careers advice, information and guidance. The service is available to anyone aged 13+, no matter what stage of the careers journey you’re at.


Our iWork team can help match your skills to local job or help you find the right training and apprenticeships for your career path.

Visit the Islington Working portal or call 020 7527 2706 or email:

LIFT (Leading Inclusive Futures through Technology)

LIFT is a three year programme  across Camden, Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets.

LIFT aims to help residents into good local jobs in the knowledge economy including tech, digital, sciences, and creative production, and to support businesses and start-ups in these sectors.

Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart helps young people to gain work experience through paid work placements — and develop skills such as teamwork, communication and organisational skills.

If you are aged between 16 & 24, and currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, you could be eligible to apply for a Kickstart placement. 

Email to find out more about the scheme and the vacancies available. 

Family Works Programme

The Family Works Programme is a voluntary employment support programme in the borough of Islington.

It has been designed to support local people who are part of a family with complex barriers to gain employment, improving life for the whole family. 

City and Islington College

City and Islington College has a large variety of vocational courses developed specifically for school leavers and young adults

There is also help and support for adults aged 19+, with many free entry-level and short courses available to help students into the workplace or further higher education. 


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