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ELATT shortlisted at the TES FE Awards 2019

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The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the FE sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2019 Tes FE Awards.

Elatt has been shortlisted for the Training Provider of the Year award. Elatt have been shortlisted for these awards every year for the last four years. Elatt is based in Haggerston and delivers English, IT and a range of programmes for young people and adults, including refugees and migrants across five London boroughs. Elatt previously won Training Provider of the Year in 2016 as well as awards for Overall FE Provider and Employer Engagement. Last year Elatt won the award for Contribution to the Local Community.

Tes FE editor Stephen Exley said:
“Excellent practice exists right across the further education sector, and those shortlisted for the Tes FE Awards are the cream of the crop. Our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of entries. We had more entries for this year’s categories than ever before, and the standard was higher than ever. To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement.”

Elatt Senior Life Skills Tutor and Project Lead Tammela Platt explains
“It is important to recognise that charities play an important part in further education, too; that's why the Tes Awards are important for us. At Elatt, our range of funding means that we can provide free courses for many learners who would not be eligible, or not have the finances, to study at a college. At Elatt, we offer many different points of entry for our adult learners, which makes us able to place learners in the most suitable setting. The Tes Awards help raise Elatt's profile and thus the profile of other charity training providers.”

Lola, a current ESOL student said
“I like ELATT because I feel confident here. There is more communication between the students in English because people are from many different countries”.

Georgia, a former 16-19 student said
“they support you and they actually want you to succeed. I’ve always been determined, but now, thanks to ELATT, I have a real pride in myself.”

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 22 March 2019

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Sopra Steria Welcomes ELATT

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On Monday 14 January Sopra Steria Graduates will take part in a Tech for Good hackathon for our London charity partner, ELATT. In a day-long hackathon event, our grads will work in teams with Sopra Steria coaches to create solutions to one of ELATT’s critical business challenges. At the end of the day, the best ideas will be selected by the senior team from ELATT, and the charity plans to implement the solution or solutions that best meet their needs.

This event is co-sponsored by the Early Careers, Community, and Digital Innovation teams, and is part of our Tech for Good Programme, which is focused on using our digital, technology and business expertise to create positive impacts in the world.  It is also an important part of our hands-on, impact-focused approach to learning and development in our Graduate Programme.

ELATT is an award-winning digital skills training college offering opportunities for learning and qualifications to under-served people, helping them get the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

Anthony Harmer, CEO of ELATT, said,
‘As an education charity with big ideas but limited resources, this Hackathon provides us with an invaluable opportunity to draw on the insight and expertise in the Sopra Steria team to help us improve our services for our students and turn our ambitions into reality.’

Kaila Yates, Sopra Steria Chief Marketing Officer and board sponsor of our Community Programme said,
‘We know that digital technologies are transforming organisations every day.  We believe that our charitable partners like ELATT will be able to do more with digital, and helping them make a difference for their students and the London communities they serve is an exciting opportunity for us and a great example of our Tech for Good programme.’

For more information, have a look at the original blog on Sopra Steria's website:

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How mentoring can support your learning at ELATT

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“ELATT is a place that motivates you to achieve your goals. The staff are always happy to help you.” 

Sheldon’s experience of helpful tutors and mentoring during his studies shows our dedication to students getting first-rate support; that’s why our tutors are among the only 5% who received Grade 1 (outstanding) at our last Ofsted inspection and are here to support you through your studies. 

Martina also turned to her mentor when a challenge arose, and a solution could be found that allowed her to both work and make it through her course successfully. “I got a job and thought I would have to stop the course as my shift pattern fell on my study day. My advisor said I could continue with the course and arranged for me to have support on my days off to cover the course and class hours.” 

Starting a course or developing your skills is a process of discovery and is, often, a struggle. It may be that mentors lending you a hearing ear or advising you during your studies is just what you need to get support and complete your course successfully.

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“I believe it is important to understand what is going on for our learners, in all aspects of their life, to help them to achieve. This is why our provision is so successful”. Oran is here to mentor students or provide coaching when they need it, and has been doing so for 15 years, 5 of which have been at ELATT. He has qualifications in counselling for both young people and adults, has trained in coaching and mentoring, and is currently training as a SENCO.

Whether you need information on how to improve your practical life circumstances, coaching sessions or solutions for learning challenges, Oran is here for you. He offers one-to-one sessions to find the tailored support you will need to complete your course to the best of your ability.

Although it can be a challenge to find the time to study, if you want to get ahead in your career or change direction, we are here to help you find ways to balance your life commitments.

Ask Janet about your options

Martina’s advice as a student is to “talk to one of the advisors to get out of the negative place you may be in. The services can give you a wider knowledge of all the different resources, help and advice out there.”

Speak to Janet and she can advise on your choice of courses and the support you may need to take that next step. Feel free to set up a one-to-one meeting with her to discuss your options in more detail. 

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Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our graduates:

Fundamentally, our students graduate thinking differently about themselves and their future.

"Instead of saying I was too old, ELATT helped and encouraged me every step of the way..."
Mike, Marketing Strategist

"I don't think I would be where I am today if ELATT hadn't helped me take those first steps..."
Frankie, Game Designer

 "ELATT gave me the confidence and new technical skills that were so valuable to me for my studies and at work..."
Charles, IT Manager

ELATT is a community created by students who take the lead with their future. Let us help you develop your skills and potential that will get you where you want to be.

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Developing employability skills while studying

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Not only can you study towards a qualification with us, but you can also receive personal employment and careers advice to take you to the next level!


“When I first came to the UK, I felt like I was taking my first step in a journey towards my future career. [...] These courses have helped me a lot, gave me more confidence in my skills.”

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Building skills and confidence

We are a learning community that looks after your learning needs as a whole so that you enter the employment world not just with more knowledge, but also with more skills and confidence.

Martina studied our Introduction to Photoshop course and found that “during my short time at ELATT I received a lot of support that has helped immensely.  I was initially given advice and support to revamp my CV, which was far too long. Refreshing my interview technique and preparing for interviews in advance helped and without the practice I wouldn’t have done well.”

Joining ELATT, you could be one of the 88% of our students who felt that they improved their workplace skills when they graduated. Martina reflected that the support helped her “feel so much more confident in my skills and presentation.”


Our students graduate thinking differently about themselves and their future.

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We go the extra mile for your employment

We understand the needs of today’s workplace and have experts and professional industry insiders to guide you through the learning journey and your professional development. We know that it can feel like a big task to prepare yourself for job applications, interviews and skills. That is why, apart from regular classes, we also offer students one-to-one support for job application and interview skills.

Our advisors go the extra mile to connect you with what you need in order to do your best in your search for employment. For example, Martina’s journey benefited from the personalised support we offer. Her ELATT advisor “sent my CV to a GP surgery and I was invited for an interview.  She arranged for me to visit Smart Works to get interview clothing. I got the job and thought I would have to stop the course as my shift pattern fell on my study day. My advisor said I could continue with the course and arranged for me to have support on my days off to cover the course and class hours.” 

This extra support helped Martina and almost 80% of our students progress into new employment or studies last year. If you are looking for both professional training and personal support from tutors and advisors who care, have a look at our courses and ask us your questions today!

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Learning works when you’re in the right place to succeed

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We supported Loredana and Sheldon through their study challenges. They are now employed and here to tell you how we can help you too.

Thinking of developing your job prospects by getting further training is a big step! But it is one that we can help you make smoothly. At ELATT our friendly staff, outstanding teachers and learning community are there to support students through their learning journey. With this support and a little bit of patience, you can be empowered to get ahead.

Students like Loredana and Sheldon have been in the same situation. For them, getting back into that student frame of mind felt less tricky with the support of our helpful tutors. Loredana explains that she herself is “impatient and I get frustrated when I struggle with my work. Luckily, my teacher delivered the class at a pace that wasn’t too fast, going step by step through the coursework. This method of teaching made me enjoy the class much more.”

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Supportive tutors

Our highly-skilled and qualified tutors aim to create an environment where you feel comfortable to learn. “The teacher's style of teaching was great, she made the work easy to understand and explained the work in such a way that everyone understood,” explains Loredana who studied Digital Business Skills with us as part of our Web Design programme. “I liked my teachers, they were very approachable and friendly. The lessons were easy to understand. The teacher’s delivery was clear and coursework was explained in detail. The teacher set us challenging work, which made us feel more confident about our skills and ability.”

If you have difficulties with learning, we can support you through your chosen training or study path. Sheldon, who did our apprenticeship programme and went on to be an IT Support Technician, feels “the staff are always happy to help you – they supported me with my dyslexia to complete the English and Maths qualifications and my Computer Engineering teacher helped me with spelling and reading.”

Mentoring

We also have projects to offer mentoring, help with fees or other support for the challenges that life throws your way. We aim to do the work that will create the ideal learning environment for you to focus on your development. Here you will see our motto in action: “learning works when you're in the right place to succeed.”

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Taking up a new course can feel like a big step at first. We're here to help you through it.

Taking up a new course can feel like a big step at first. We're here to help you through it.

Where to get the support you need

“When I first came to ELATT I was in a dark place. I didn’t realise that there was so much support available to me.”
Although taking up a new course can feel like a big step at first, as Martina suggests, there is support that you can help you get there. It can be a challenge to know where to look for the support you need so that you can take the next step in your education and career. We can help with that. In just one free meeting with our Student Support Coordinator, Janet, you can be guided to identify the various sources of help and support available to you so that you can focus on your development.

Whether you are looking for financial help with traveling to and from your classes with us, need child support, to work around your job Centre check-in times, or if you just need some advice on which course to study, we are here to listen and point out some of the options you have that enable you to start studying.

Call Janet for advice!

Just call and set a personal meeting to talk to Janet about your options and you’re on your way to taking your next step.

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“I wasn’t able to see the skills I had, and through ELATT's support I feel more confident and my future is so much brighter.”
Martina’s study experience with us reflects how a personal difficulty can be turned around to build on your strengths with the right support. At ELATT, you do not only have the opportunity to gain educational qualifications to improve your employability. Our approachable staff, with their own diverse backgrounds and experiences, give you one-to-one mentoring to help you find what you need within the large pool of services offered by different organisations.

Ask Janet!

Martina’s advice as a student is to “talk to one of their advisors to get out of the negative place you may be in. The services can give you a wider knowledge of all the different resources, help and advice out there.”

Worrying about the level of English language, or whether you are eligible to study with us? Not sure if your qualifications allow you to study with us? Wondering how you will pay for your travel to your studies or day care for your children?

Call to set a free, one-to-one meeting with Janet, and she will gladly share some of the solutions that exist in your situation to empower you to take the next step in your career.

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Free ESOL Courses in Bethnal Green!

Free ESOL Courses in Bethnal Green!

ELATT is recruiting students for free ESOL courses in Bethnal Green.

Don't miss this opportunity to improve your English and also take part in community activities. Assessment days will be held at the following days and times:

  • Monday 2nd October from 9:30am-12:30pm at Oxford House (Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, E2 6HG).
  • Wednesday 4th October from 10am-1pm at SimpleGifts (117 Mansford St, Basement Suite, E2 6LX).
  • Monday 2nd through Thursday 5th October from 9:30am-12:30pm at the Montefiore Centre (Hanbury St, E1 5HZ).

To find out more or to apply, please call 0800 0420 184.

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National Writing Day (Celebrated by E3 ICT Learning Champions students)

National Writing Day (Celebrated by E3 ICT Learning Champions students)

21st of June marked National Writing Day, and students from our E3 ICT Learning Champions contributed to this fun and positive occasion.

Len, Adi and Jacqueline all wrote short stories on the themes of busy lives in London and, randomly, working as a prime minster.

Their teacher, Segs, said: "It was great to see the creativity from the students. They felt inspired by National Writing Day and came up with ideas of what their short stories could be about. It's great to see how creative writing can help literacy."

Please read the short stories here:

‘Maria lived in London 2 years ago. She loved to go to the parks, museums and beach. She was happy when visiting these places. She told me that she became unfriendly because her job was stressful. Now Maria lives in Ibiza, she has another job which it less stressful and she lives in front of the beach. She feels more comfortable, relax and happy.’
By Jacqueline

‘Bibi walked in the street and he sees every one busy and stressed. Bibi is unfriendly because he haven't got time to talk with people. He is working as the Prime Minister and he likes his job. He is married to June. He is married 10 years or more and he is happy in his life.’
By Adi

‘Steve lives in London. He lives in Hackney his job is a park cleaner. Some days he is miserable and some days happy. He works in the open. He moans about the weather, I told him today it is 34`c. That made him more miserable. He said laughing and joking to me sling your hook. The last time it was this hot was back in 1976. I told him if you don`t like heat pack up the job and get a job indoors. I laughed and joked with him and said you should get the Prime Ministers’ job.’
By Len

'I saw in the google fly cars that is new technology I like that. For future is very nice because save the time received to the place very fast that is good. The world technology is going very quick let’s see future how money changes come in the world.'
By Sharafat

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Summer Creative Writing Competition

Summer Creative Writing Competition

The theme is New Experiences

Enter either a story, poem or an article. One submission per student.

  1. 1st Prize is a £50 voucher of your choice (one prize awarded per category).
  2. Writing will be judged on it's originality and use of language. 600 word limit.
  3. Attend Learning Champions on Thursdays (from 12.30 at Kingsland Road) for support with your piece.

This is a fantastic opportunity to show off your creative writing skills for a chance to win a £50 voucher but to also have a piece of writing on our website and social media platforms. This is also a great project to have on your CV!

We will also be hosting an awards event to announce the winners of the competition. This will allow the students and tutors to come together to celebrate the pieces you will be creating.

You must keep your work under 600 words and final work must be entered by Monday 12th June. Please attend the Learning Champions workshop on Thursdays if you need support or inspiration.

The competition is open until Monday 12th June so make sure you either hand your entries into Catherine or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Good luck to everyone!

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Tots and Toddlers Book Clubs are family reading programmes consisting of learning and development for children aged 0-4. We aim to help families who want to improve their spoken and written English who may be new to the UK, unemployed and/or living in deprived boroughs. Parents and children get involved through the introduction and exploration of books, song, rhyme and book choosing. We firmly believe learning together as a family can create remarkable results and real community integration.

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