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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