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Ready for Industry: ELATT's work experience campaign for 2019/2020

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Can you help us close the opportunity gap in London?

Our vision is a London where everyone can flourish in their lives, no matter their age, background or circumstances.  When it comes to learning, we’ve got it covered, but our students tell us that the missing link to help them progress is work experience.

A former student Georgia explained the value of doing a work placement:

‘During my time at ELATT I secured two work placements where I learnt extensive skills in the business administration sector and also how to be part of a working environment, which I lacked experience in until now. I also achieved multiple qualifications as well as gaining experience that will help me in the future.’

Ready for Industry

Our students are so passionate about gaining these opportunities that they have created a campaign with Citizens UK to raise this need amongst businesses in East London.  Here they are campaigning for work experience opportunities in the Olympic Park, Stratford.

We want to help our students find opportunities in tech, corporate, education and a range of other environments to enable them to develop their practical skills and apply what they are learning in class.

The ELATT learning community is made up of a diverse range of students including young people with autism and learning difficulties, refugees and migrants and adults returning to work. Our students study Business, IT, Web design, Media, English and Maths and take part in a wide variety of extra-curricular and community activities.

Hear from Freddie

The young people at ELATT have diverse and often complex needs. We also know that we do not yet have the skills and confidence to navigate the system and access the support that we need. While the urgency to work becomes ever greater in an environment of high youth unemployment in East London...We want a mentor to support us.’

In this video our Digital Media Production student Freddie tells you about his current studies, his hopes for the future, and why mentoring and experience will make all the difference to him.

How you can help:

We know that the first step towards employment is the hardest: with no recent work experience, only 30% of our students get into work.  But once they have experience, 80% of our students move into employment.  Be part of this change: our Industry Partners support us by offering mentoring, work experience and work placements to our talented and dedicated students. Work experience could be for 1 or 2 weeks or for 1 day a week over 3 months – this can be tailored to what suits your company.

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you think you can help or to suggest other organisations you know who may be able to offer work experience of any duration to our students.

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International Women’s Day Celebration

International Women’s Day Celebration

Skills-sharing Workshop and Networking Event hosted by LexisNexis

During early March, our students were lucky enough to hold our International Women's Day Celebration at our corporate partner LexisNexis' offices in the City of London. This gave our students a totally new experience of London and the inspirational LexisNexis staff! 

The day commenced with a series of pop-up workshops covering exciting areas such as beauty therapy, language exchange, well-being, poetry and a display of stimulating student work. 

The event showcased ELATT's ‘Equal Voices’ project and celebrated the skills that our students can teach each other and others – and much more than that!

After lunch, students interacted with Lexis Nexis specialists and discussed opportunities in fields such as marketing, IT and coding, law, and editorial and content writing.

The opportunity to mix with staff meant that students were exposed to new perspectives and views, creating a memorable day of learning and sharing. The place was buzzing and you could see that everyone involved felt really positive and energised by the atmosphere.  

A special thank you to Amy for her enthusiasm and energy throughout the planning process, helping us turn what would otherwise have been a smaller event into something really special and memorable. 

Our students told us:

‘I really liked this event, I was very happy when I met everyone and I enjoyed it.’

‘I really loved our event. It was amazing and inspiring. Students met together and did lots of interesting things. It was very good for us.’

‘It was an excellent experience for me. I did speak and learn other words from other languages. Good people, nice event!’

We hope to continue to work closely with the team and bring more popups to LexisNexis very soon!  

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What I Love about London

What I Love about London

By Rukshana | Conversation Club Student

I have been living in London for 11 years. I came here to join my husband. Most of my family is in Bangladesh, but I have a few cousins here.

The thing that surprised me about London is that there are so many people here from different countries and backgrounds. I have met so many different people. Here in London people queue very politely and wait a long time, in other countries people are not so polite.

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London Fields Park

London Fields Park

I am writing about London Fields Park.

I visited this place many times. I like this area because you can see so many things. This place is near the Broadway market.

I came with my family in this park. We're enjoying the park, my little daughter loves playing football with my son. I love watching my children having fun.

Last time, I went there two months ago.

Shuma Begum

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My Church

My Church

The name of the church is Our Lady and Joseph.
The place is Balls Pond Road.
I go to church every evening Mass 6 pm. 
It is very peaceful l don't have words to say. I can't explain why.
I am very happy. My problem even go my mind.

By Zewditu

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Hyde Park

Hyde Park

Where can we be more social then in a crowded place like Hyde Park? Here we find noisy children, weirdly dressed teenagers, overly affectionate adults and grumpy old men, not to mention the barking dogs. Of course, as you imagine, I have exaggerated the picture just to put a little humour in this trip that I would like to suggest to you: one hour in Hyde Park. This walk may be quite a nice guide to someone who want to spend just a short time in an open and wild place.

Let's see what we discover in this beautiful place!

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London Aquarium

London Aquarium

We went to the London Aquarium on the 04/02/2016. This was a one of the most fantastic trips in our class.

There were so many kinds of fishes. I was very excited. There was the biggest turtle I have ever seen.

Some people think about the white shark is massive and is the most dangerous in the sea, but although white shark has a big mouth and sharp teeth, it looks quite gentle.

The cute clownfish and starfishes were playing hide and seek. They were so colourful. You had to look carefully then could find them.

The fragile seahorses lay on the seaweed or swam in the sea. They looked like they really enjoyed the life.

By Linqin

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Soho Square

Soho Square

There are different places where we can be relaxed and calm. Being surrounded by nature can help to reach this sense of serenity, but it's not enough. Some months ago, it was a Friday afternoon, I met up with my boyfriend after work. He was really stressed for some deadlines and I was really dejected because I felt alone in a big city that doesn't belong to me! We decided to go to a park to relax, but it was quite far and we were tired... so we decided to go to drink something in Soho. That moment we had a great idea, we took something to eat, something to drink and we went to Soho Square! I think there isn't anything better than to stay on the lawn to drink wine and eat a good pizza. We forgot all our problems! So now every time we are tired or stressed we take a pizza, a bottle of wine and we sit on the grass! I know Soho Square is not a real relaxing place to spend time for someone, it's confusing and noisy but in this babble of voices we have our piece of lawn to relax and to be happy!

By Elisabetta

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Regent's Park

Regent's Park

I visit a lot of good community spaces in London. My friends and I take the kids to play football in Hackney Marches and canoeing. Sometime we go fishing. I go swimming. When I was in Morocco my husband took my kids to the sea for fishing every day. They caught a lot of fish. In London they went fishing but they did not catch anything.

My little daughter loves playing with dolls but my son loves playing football. I love watching my children have fun. On Eid me and my family and friends all go to Regent's Park. Older people give presents to younger children. We all go to the park and play a family game. It is very fun and everyone goes home very happy.

By Bouchra

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