LIFT Jobs, Events and Programmes: Opportunities are exclusively for residents of Camden, Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets.


LIFT Cyber Security Insight Session

Online event | 21 September 12:00-13:00| via Zoom

Man and woman in an office environment looking at a computer screen.Do you like solving problems using data and analytical skills? Are you detail-oriented, imaginative, curious, and creative? Are you a fast learner who is ambitious and open to new ideas? Cyber Security could be the career for you!

There is a skills shortage in Cyber Security as companies and governments need to protect their data and assets from hacks and data leaks.Join our online insight session to hear from professionals working in the field talk about the different pathways into Cyber Security. Guest speakers working in Cyber Security will share their personal journey, and tell you why Cyber Security is the career for you!

When: Wednesday 21 September, 12:00pm – 1pm

Please contact the LIFT team on lift.futures@islington.gov.uk if you have any questions or accessibility requirements.

Register to join our Insight Session here

Decode My Future – Web Development Programme

12-week programme | 18-30 year old LIFT residents | Starts September

Image of a person working on a laptopInterested in web-design, tech and where it can take you but not sure where to start? If so, our 12 week (+6 months of after care) programme may be for YOU! t’s available to anyone aged 18-30 years old and based in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Camden or Islington.

Shapeways have partnered up with some amazing partners, including one of the world’s leading tech-giants, to deliver an exciting, holistic and TOTALLY FREE course, worth £3k per head.

The course is aimed at bringing you up to industry level, so that you are able to work as a Junior Front-End Developer and/or your chosen Creative and Digital Industry (CDI) pathway, including entrepreneurship. We will provide you with fundamental training in web-design. Along with our partners we will also provide mentorship and career development opportunities including paid work-experience. Follow the link below to find out more and register your interest.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with our partner Shapeways by emailing info@shapeways.io

Find out more and sign up here via Shapeways

Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Apprentice

Quinn London and LDN | Level 4 Apprenticeship | Full time – 20 months | £21,500 | Applications close 8 September 

Do you care about the environment? Are you interested into turning sustainability into a career? Are you interested in being part of new developments being built in London?

LDN and Quinn London have a great opportunity to begin your career in becoming an expert consultant and bringing social value into organisations, and getting them to think about how to be better. Quinn London Ltd was founded in 2000 with the aim to deliver quality construction solutions across London and the south of England. Built upon this ethos, Quinn London has excelled through the years to become a leading London-based main contractor.

They are now looking for residents from the London Boroughs of Camden, Hackney, Islington, and Tower Hamlets to become a Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Apprentice and join their team!

What will you do?

To assist with all the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability related activities that the business is organising whilst working towards completion of a Level 4 apprenticeship. Working alongside the Social Value Manager and Sustainability Manager to:

• Help to deliver social value and sustainability projects in partnership with clients to meet social value commitments.• Assist the Social Value Manager with social value reporting.• Coordinate volunteering programme from sourcing through to delivery.• Promote volunteering opportunities internally via email.• Organise fundraising events for our Charity of the Year.• Develop relationships with local schools and colleges.• Represent the business at careers events and job fairs.• Assist the Sustainability Manager with administration of sustainability initiatives • Help deliver internal sustainability training and provide guidance and information to staff on environmental issues.

Entry Requirements

Maths and English GCSE or equivalentTo pass initial Maths & English AssessmentsComplete application formZoom call to talk about why you want to applyCandidates must be from Camden, Hackney, Islington or Tower Hamlets London Boroughs.Level 3 qualification or equivalent A levels preferred but not compulsory*

To apply: email interest to melek.erdal@islington.gov.uk / a link to application form and support will be provided (no CV needed)

Click here to email the LIFT team and apply

Laboratory Facilities Coordinator

Sodexo | £25,000 – £30,000 Full-time | Camden | Apply by 31 August 

Image of person working in a labAre you an organised and responsible individual looking for their next challenge? Do you have experience of following health and safety procedures including COSHH and chemical safety? Do you have strong customer service and communication skills?Are you interested transferring your skills to the thriving Life Sciences sector?

Sodexo is supporting with recruitment for a new role to enable and support the MSD Discovery Science team in their mission to save and improve lives, the Laboratory Facilities Coordinator oversees a well-maintained, safe and reliable working environment in their laboratories. Working within the London-based facilities between London Bioscience Innovation Centre and The Francis Crick Institute.

The role is varied, and requires an organised and responsible person to oversee a range of tasks supporting the lab functions of MSD. The ideal candidate will be responsible for maintaining a tidy and efficient laboratory environment and for ensuring health, safety and compliance standards are met and maintained. They will also be involved in maintenance and Lab Support Activities to support on-site scientists, including monthly inspections of equipment, filter checks, spill kits, leak checks etc.

• Skills, Knowledge and Experience:• Experience of working in a laboratory environment would be an advantage.• Good Understanding of COSHH and chemical safety.• Good customer focus.• Be self-motivated and able to motivate others.• Ability to work on own initiative.• Experience in working to technical procedures (SOPs, Work Instructions) and safety related documents (Risk Assessments).• Computer literate• Good written and oral communication skills.

To apply: email interest to melek.erdal@islington.gov.uk / a link to the job description will be provided, and you will be asked to send over a CV and short cover letter specifying how you meet the criteria for the role.

Click here to read full description and apply


Other local opportunities in tech, creative, sciences and the knowledge economy



Wieden+Kennedy Creative Internship Programme

Internship programme | 5 months full time | Paid LLW £11.05 per hour | Applications close 6 September

Weiden + kennedy staffWieden+Kennedy London are looking for 8 of the finest creative thinkers the next generation has to offer.

You’ll learn the secret rules of the trade at the best agency in the world. You will attend workshops and tutorials while working on briefs that will build a real portfolio of your work getting you ready for a real full-time job as an advertising creative.

The course will run for 5 months from 17th October 2022, in-person at our London office, 9am-6pm, Monday to Friday. You’ll even be paid London Living Wage while we help train you up – literally the opposite to uni.

Are you ready to retrain your brain for creative advertising?

If so, APPLY NOW

This course is meant to remove barriers of entry to the industry, unfortunately we do not accept applicants who have been through ad school or with previous full-time advertising experience.

To be eligible you must be able to: legally work in the UK (read: we do not provide working visas for this program), attend the course in-person at our Shoreditch office, complete ALL THREE of the application questions and be available on Friday 23rd September from 9:30am to 6:00pm to attend an assessment day in our office.

Apply here via Creative Lives in Progress

IT Support Apprentice

QA Apprenticeships and United Trust Bank | £22,000 per annum | Applications close 2 September

United Trust Bank provides award winning savings products to individuals, companies and charities. Established in 1955, it is a highly regarded diverse specialist UK bank offering a range of straightforward and competitive savings and deposit products.

We are now looking for an eager candidate to join us as an apprentice.You will have the opportunity to gain valuable skills, knowledge and experience as you complete a Level 3 IT Azure Cloud Support Specialist Apprenticeship.

The IT Support Technician’s role is to provide technical support to staff of all levels across the Bank, both in person and electronically. This will include the support of all end user PC hardware and related equipment, operating system and application software, telephone/mobile support etc. The role troubleshoots problem areas in a timely and accurate fashion providing end-user assistance as required.

• Ability to use and support MS Office, and Teams• Proven interest in Technology

The entry requirements for this Azure Cloud Support Specialist programme are as follows:

• 3 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grades 4+ (A-C) in any subject• GCSE Maths and English (or equivalents) at grades 3+ (D or above)• Prospective apprentices must not hold an existing qualification at the same or higher level as this apprenticeship is in a similar subject

The deadline to apply is 2 September. Please send an email to lift.futures@islington.gov.uk if you would like support to apply. 

Apply now via QA

Team Assistant at Blink Industries

Blink Industries logo imageFull time role | £20,000 to £30,000 per year | Applications close 14 September

This is an entry-level role and a great first step into a busy development environment. Blink Industries is a BAFTA-nominated development and production studio based in London. We specialise in bringing an inventive, mixed-media approach to our slate of Comedy and Kids & Family broadcast projects and we love developing ideas that look and feel like no other!

We are looking for a team assistant, who is enthusiastic, agile, diligent and highly organised to provide support to our busy in-house team.

Knowledge, skills, experience:

• Keen drive to learn and can do attitude• An excellent communicator with strong organisational skills• Proactive and able to work on your own initiative• Good knowledge of Google Suite• An enthusiasm for Blink Industries’ work

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

For support with your application or to keep up to date with similar opportunities send LIFT an email at lift.futures@islington.gov.uk

Find out more and apply via Creative Access

Creative Mentor Network – Break the Wall

Creative Mentoring Programme | 16-25 year olds 

Break the Wall is perfect for people with any interest in the creative industries, at any stage of your journey. You may need support with a side hustle, job applications, or wondering what’s next after you leave school. All you need is an interest and passion in creativity.

• 16 weeks of one to one mentoring from a creative industry professional • Flexible options for meeting times (including virtual)• A Showcase event to present your work and meet potential employers• Ongoing access to our network of professionals and creative network after the programme has ended

Mentors on this programme come from a variety of creative companies across a range of roles. In previous programmes we’ve had mentors from Film & TV, Advertising, Publishing, Design, Fashion who work at every stage of the process to help guide and support you.

You will be matched with someone who compliments your skills and ambitions. They may not always have the same job you wish to apply to, but will have the knowledge and expertise to help support you over the 16 week programme.

You can apply for this programme if you are aged between 16-25 and Meet our eligibility criteria.

Learn more about the Creative Mentor Network


Courses, events and learning in the Knowledge Economy



Google IT Support Certificate Scholarship

INCO Academy | 18-35 year olds | 16 weeks part time | 14 September

INCO Academy logoAre you curious about building a career in IT? Are you looking for a place to start? The Google IT Support Certificate program will teach you not only the necessary languages and technologies, but how to think like an IT Specialist, too. By the end, you’ll have the well-rounded skills needed to thrive in this in-demand role.

This program supports 18-35 old facing barriers to employment or undergoing professional transition, who are willing to upskill and start a career in IT.

The training encompasses technical and practical training focused on the necessary skills to become “IT Support Technician”, as well as employability training for learners to develop their personal and professional skills.

A reminder that the program is designed for learners between 18-35. The participants must live in the UK and have a status that will allow them to progress into employment (British nationals as well as refugees and anyone with a pre or settled status from the groups they are targeting to support.

Find out more at INCO Academy

Catch22 TikTok Creative Academy

Free programme for 16-24 year olds | Not in education, training or employment

TikTok Creative Academy (formerly known as The Creativity Project) will provide industry insight into the creative sector, along with access to creative professionals who will be sharing their experiences and teaching young people how to get a start in the creative world, including how to build a portfolio, how to create a creative CV and how to interview for those positions.

• A 3-4 week employability course and guidance through technical qualifications and achieving accreditation, as well as online courses.• A career coach who will guide each participant to identify their goals and complete a bespoke action plan to reach them; TikTok employees will provide advice and coaching at peer-led workshopsAccess to opportunities to further build their industry specific skills such as virtual work experience, jobs fairs, mentoring and networking events.Wider support on mental health or housing issues.Access to a bursary which will support participants as they go through the programme, as well as a laptop loan scheme, developed to tackle digital exclusion.

Explore more at Catch22

Contact the LIFT team on lift.futures@islington.gov.uk if you would like to find out more about any opportunity and to get one-to-one support whether you are looking for your first job, career growth, to get back into work or advice on getting into a new sector of work.

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