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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Language Labs with Second Home

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ELATT loves its newest Industry Partner Second Home!

Read all about our work together here: 

Second Home's Blog Page

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Apprenticeship Levy Breakfast Seminar

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4th July, 8.30 a.m. at techUK

If you’re having trouble spending your Apprenticeship Levy, you are not alone. Only 8% of the Apprenticeship Levy taken from businesses this year has been spent on apprenticeship training.
The downside is, any funding that remains in your National Apprenticeship Service accounts after 24 months (i.e. after 6 April 2019) will expire.
This is why we’ve put together a FREE breakfast seminar designed for people who are responsible for allocating their company’s Apprenticeship Levy.

Join Our Free Breakfast Seminar

By attending the seminar, you will learn about how other companies have engaged with apprenticeships through case studies and how you can embed an apprenticeship strategy into your company’s existing recruitment and training plans.

The Seminar Includes:
1. Brief Overview of Apprenticeships and the Levy
2. Incentives: Government assistance and added incentives to help you get the most out of your Levy
3. Looking ahead: Writing an Apprenticeship Strategy that can be embedded into your existing recruitment, learning and development strategies. Case Studies of different approaches that other employers have used
4. Diverse Workforce: Using apprenticeships to diversify your workforce
5. Logistics: Step by step guide to the process

Date: 4th July 2018
Time: 8.30am-10.00am
Location: techUK, 10 St Bride St, London, EC4A 4AD

As there are only a limited number of spaces available, it’d be great to know if you’d be interested in attending, but in the meantime please don’t hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like any further information.

More about ELATT

ELATT is an education charity based in Hackney, East London, that has helped disadvantaged Londoners move into technology jobs for more than 30 years.

Watch a brief introduction to ELATT Read our Impact Report

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Capability Workshop Dec 2017

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We had our Capability workshop on Thursday 7th December 2017 at 10am-12pm at Simple Gifts, 117 Mansford St, Basement Suite, London E1 6LX.
We had the opportunity to try out some amazing experiences in activities. The activities included:

  • Massaging Henna
  • Guitar Playing
  • Makeup
  • Hair Styling
  • Sewing
  • Nail Art
  • Mini Facials
  • Language Exchange

That day we enjoyed all available activities .We think the workshop is a very good idea because some people have chance to practise and learn something different ,so for example we learn how to play guitar that was very interesting and finding out how to play on the guitar was very relaxing and also we find the Massaging was very popular so we think all people like to relax.

We learnt something new as well like henna. It was first time we have chance to see how it works.

We think that all activities was very important because all students get some new knowledge and have chance to learn new skills also that excellent time to practice English , speaking with people from the community, making friends and it was very nice to see all have chat and discuss about everything.

We are looking forward for next Capability Workshop.

By Magdalena, Anette and Shugui | E3 HACKNEY EQUAL VOICES 3508


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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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International Women's Day

International Women's Day

On Thursday 10th March 2016 students of the course ESOL E2 Speaking and Listening class and their tutor Debora Sinclair Murray visited the organisation SimpleGifts: Unitarian Centre for Social Action in Bethnal Green.

This organisation runs community programmes from Bethnal Green, East London premises. Her programmes - including After School Club, New Neighbours/Old Neighbours Lunch, and ESOL classes - are all run by a team of dedicated volunteers.

On that day the volunteers organised activities to make this day more special for all women of the E2 class. Some wanted to have make up, some only facial massage, some a manicure and some a Henna painting. Henna has been used for centuries to adorn young women's bodies as part of social and holiday celebrations:

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Capability Workshop

Capability Workshop

FREE EVENT | In celebration of International Women's Day

Relax, meet new people and celebrate the women who make our community work! Please note this is a WOMEN ONLY event.

Time and Date | Thursday 10th March, 1.30-3pm
Location | Simple Gifts 117 Mansford St E2 6LX (Rear entrance)

Activities
Head and facial massage | Manicures | Henna painting | Presentations about inspiring women | English conversation | Free food and crèche

 

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Danish Delegation

Danish Delegation

On 21st of January we had visitors from Denmark. They came here to see the way that we learn English at ELATT and to experience a new way of teaching for themselves. We introduced ourselves. Then some of us interviewed them and asked them for their thoughts about our college and about cultural differences.

By Amran, Anne-Marie and Lingqin

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Connected Careers

Connected Careers

Connected Careers

Connected Careers was an opportunity for employers to deliver workshops that enabled learners to access the job market or to become successful entrepreneurs by teaching industry relevant skills.

Several workshops were delivered throughout the day and we asked employers to give bite sized chunks of wisdom to our learners after they delivered their sessions.

Our video resources can be used to highlight the need for employers to provide advice on the whole person approach to attaining career goals. They can also be used with students to show the importance of personal development alongside improving the academic skills necessary to be successful.

 Read the headline learning from our project here

 Find out more about the event here

 Find out more about Teach Too here

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30th Anniversary Event

30th Anniversary Event

30 Years of ELATT

ELATT first formed in 1984 as Tower Hamlets Advanced Technology Training, and since that time we have helped thousands of people gain the skills they need to flourish in life and work. On 4 October 2014 ELATT celebrated 30 years of transforming lives in East London at the prestigious London's Living Room at the Greater London Assembly.

 Read all about the event, watch the movie and see the stills here!

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