A work experience partnership between Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and ELATT.
"Urgent action is needed to deal with the UK's digital skills crisis, warn MPs, or it risks damaging the country's productivity and competitiveness."
(BBC Business News, 2016)
We know the UK is facing a digital skills crisis. 93% of tech companies find that the digital skills gap affects their commercial operations, and it is estimated that the UK will need 745,000 additional workers with digital skills to meet the rising demands from employers between 2013 and 2017 (House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, 2016). The solution requires collaboration between the industry, educational sector and the government, to open access to training, apprenticeships and employment opportunities to a wider range of groups.
ELATT 100 is a work experience programme between award-winning education charity ELATT and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists to break through that catch and help local people to enter the IT sector.
Following the successful completion of a work experience programme with ELATT, City of London-based technology consulting firm Opus 2 International now hires new staff directly from ELATT, bringing both opportunity to ELATT’s disadvantaged clients, and diversity and talent into the London tech sector. Anna, a single mum who took a 3-month placement at Opus 2 International, said of her experience:
Anna, a single mum who worked with Opus 2 International for 3 months.
Iman Fadaei, the Director of CrowdSkills, which provides work experience opportunities to ELATT's young people, said:
“What impresses me most about the people we place in work from ELATT is their commitment, willingness to learn, and technical knowledge. Their clients have many additional needs and would get lost in the system elsewhere. But at ELATT, which is such a supportive environment, they thrive.”
Take the Self-Screener
Call us on 0800-0420-184
Attend a Planning Meeting
Select your Learning Area
Choose your Trainee
Start your Placement Programme
Firstly we want to know that the ELATT 100 programme is right for your company. We're looking for businesses who will provide:
A dedicated ELATT 100 Advocate
Senior commitment to making the programme a success
A Duty Supervisor willing to help our student
Placements for 2 - 4 students throughout the programme
Choose your curriculum area and tell us about what type of students you are able to support:
Networking, IT security, front-line support, level 1-3 support, systems installation
Social media, marketing, PR, online advertising, newsletters
Office packages, business admin, reception, back off support, clerical
Photography, graphic design, video production, animations
Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds, and this information will help us understand how widely we can recruit amongst our student group.
We're really flexible – knowing this information simply means we can best support your recruitment needs. Tell us what you need and we'll aim to arrange that for you.
We'll discuss your offer with our students.
We'll prepare our students for your offer: CVs, and where possible technical knowledge.
Our students will put themselves forward, and we'll select the appropriate ones and give you a shortlist.
You’ll then interview the shortlisted candidates by phone or face-to-face and choose your candidate.
You can then agree the start date and placement days per week with the individual directly.
The student will complete a log every day that you'll need to sign. The log ensures that the young person consolidates and reflects on their placement each day, and it gives our tutor useful insight into their progress.
You would also need to complete an end of placement review and provide a Reference for the student.
We can help our students with a range of personal, welfare and finance-related issues. Shout out if you need help in getting the best out of your candidate.
We're Investors in People Gold – ask us!
We're Investors in People Gold – ask us!
Please give a reference
If you have internal positions available, please let the student know.
There's no agents fee if you hire them!
You're under no obligation to hire, but if an opening arises, please consider them!
We don't charge agency fees, but if you would like to support the scheme financially, feel free to make a donation as part of our ELATT 100 Appeal. You could also make us your charity partner – tell us if you’d like to know more.
We just need to see your standard health and safety records.
We need to know you have risk assessment procedures in place before the first placement which we will double check annually.
If your trainee is 16-18, or classed as a vulnerable adult (meaning they have additional support needs) a member of staff who will work one-to-one with the student will need to have a DBS check. We can help you organise this.
Find out more about ELATT 100!