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For more information and general enquiries call 07702 970 886 or email

Alternatively contact the Personal Advisor in your region through the details below:

North London

  • Including:
  • Waltham Forest
  • Haringey
  • Enfield
Jennifer Hyatt

North London

  • Including:
  • Hackney
  • Islington
Olivia Ogunbunmi

East London

  • Including:
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Newham
  • Barking & Dagenham
Muhammad Saif

South London

  • Including:
  • Southwark
  • Lambeth
  • Lewisham
Max Davis

West London

  • Including:
  • Westminster
  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • Brent
Davina Mintah


Find answers to some frequently asked questions below. If you still have questions please contact us.

Young Talent

Q. What is HAYN Careers Academy?

The GLA 2Work - HAYN Careers Academy is a recruitment and training agency for untapped young talent. It works with a select portfolio of clients aged 18-24 who are currently not in employment or education and are seeking high quality jobs, careers and training to match and expand their skill-set.

2Work- HAYN Careers Academy is delivered by Peabody in partnership with Team London, the Mayor of London's volunteering programme and co-funded by the European Social Fund and the GLA. The programme is supported by The Housing Associations' Youth Network (HAYN).

Q. How do I sign up for the HAYN Careers Academy service?

Use the register button on the website or send an email to You will be assigned your own Personal Advisor who will meet with you 1-2-1 to sign you up to the programme if you are eligible.

Q. Am I eligible for the HAYN Careers Academy service?

The service could be available to you if you are:

  • 18-24 years old
  • Living in a London Borough
  • Not currently engaged in employment, education or training

Q. Is there a cost to using the service?

The HAYN Careers Academy is totally free of charge to all participants and once enrolled you will be able to access support for travel, lunch and some other expenses.

Q. Do I have to be a customer of the HAYN Careers Academy to apply for jobs on the website or attend events?

Anyone can come to our events to boost your skills and experience and find out more about the HAYN Careers Academy. We secure exclusive job vacancies for registered clients and ensure they are fully prepared to have the best opportunity of securing them.

Q. Will you help me start my own business?

Yes. We have a range of enterprise programmes, access to mentoring, start-up funding and desk space. It's no mean feat but we can support you on the route to starting your business.


Q. Is there a cost to using the HAYN Careers Academy website?

The use of the HAYN Careers Academy website is completely free to employers and young people. Helping young people prepare for work through workplace visits and mentoring is a great way to say "thank you".

Q. How is the HAYN Careers Academy funded?

The HAYN Careers Academy is funded by the European Social Fund and the Greater London Authority. This service is supported by Team London, The Mayor of London and members of the Housing Association Youth Network (HAYN).

Q. What are your candidates like?

The HAYN Careers Academy works with people aged 18-24 that are currently not in employment or training and are committed to accessing bespoke support to progress towards a successful future. Candidates receive ongoing 1-2-1 support to develop a Bespoke Training Plan that supports them to identify and develop their skills, qualities and aspirations. Throughout the programme candidates participate in volunteering, work experience and other bespoke opportunities to develop their professional skills. Recruiting Young Talent through the 2Work HAYN Careers Academy, is a great way to future-proof your workplace. Young diverse talent are shown to bring fresh insight and ideas, and increase overall effectiveness of an organisation.

Q. How can I support young people prepare for work?

Work First Placement - The National Employer Skills survey showed that 55 per cent of employers say school leavers lack the right work experience (1) and 68 per cent of young people feel they are unemployed due to this (2). This tangible experience is the difference between making the short list and not. As well as supporting a young persons development, work experience is a great opportunity for your current employees to develop their line management and coaching skills. HAYN Careers Academy provide resources and qualifications to support high quality work experience.

Career Insight days and Workplace Tours - young people often feel that they can't access, or don't belong in, aspirational companies. Alongside this, they might not be aware of, or understand what is really involved in your sector. Hosting a workplace visit supports a young person's journey to work by providing relatable role models and providing real insight into the world of work.

Workplace visits are a great opportunity for you to engage potential early careers candidates whilst supporting the local community. Staff can utilize volunteering days to support these events.

Interviews for Jobs & Vacancies - getting a foot in the door can be the biggest barrier to employment, particularly for candidates who didn't excel at school. These young people have a lot to offer organisations with strong "soft skills" developed through life experiences and HAYN Careers Academy. Young Talent are often thankful for the opportunity to prove themselves and as a result are more loyal. By guaranteeing an interview for one of our candidates you can kick start a young person's career.

Workshops/Masterclasses - these are an opportunity for you to help Young Talent develop skills and gain insight into different professions. We work with you to design the content for each session and this could range from delivering a workshop in your area of expertise or a talk on routes into your sector, to a presentation on apprenticeship levels or a workshop on interview technique. This is your opportunity to share your expertise with interested young people.

Work/Desk Space - Some of our Young Talent decide to start a business and we support them to do this through Enterprise programmes and ongoing support. During this initial stage, providing desk space can make a big difference, giving someone a working space to get their head down and drive their idea forward. This is a low cost, easy way to make a difference.

Mentoring and Coaching - "has a significant and observable impact on behaviour, attainment and progression" (3). Our structured mentoring programme and accompanying qualification enables you to effectively mentor a young person and support them into work.

  • (1) Changing the Pace: CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2013
  • (2) Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (2012) Scoping Study on Worklessness and Employability
  • (3) Effective Employer Mentoring: Careers & Enterprise Company, 2018

Q. What's in it for me?

As a HAYN Careers Academy partner, you will benefit from:

Online portal - that enables you to promote and manage vacancies, candidate applications and events aimed at Young Talent.

Recruitment support - We can promote your vacancies, shortlist candidates and support the interview process. You will have an assigned Account Manager to support you.

Ongoing support - Our personal advisors will continue to work with Young Talent to support them in their first 6 weeks.

Diverse New talent - direct access to diverse young professionals that have developed the skills, qualities and attitude to succeed. 60% of our customer's ethnicity is Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic and they are from the most deprived areas of London, typically living in social housing.

Apprenticeship vacancy development and Apprenticeship Levy support - advice and guidance on how to set up and manage apprenticeship vacancies and the Levy, and guidance on how to engage and support apprentices.

Skills based volunteering for your employees - volunteering to host workplace visits and work experience will develop staffs communication and leadership skills whilst supporting the local community. Staff can mentor students through a structured programme and gain a level 1 or 2 accreditation in mentoring.

Led by Peabody, the HAYN Careers Academy is delivered in partnership with Clarion Housing Group, Hyde Housing, Optivo and Phoenix Community Housing.