A Hackney education charity, East London Advanced Technology Training (ELATT), has been recognised as one of the best small businesses to work for in the UK. ELATT not only secured a place in the prestigious Great Place to Work list, but was also the highest ranked charity, amongst a host of private companies. The list, which was unveiled in a glittering ceremony, appeared in The Guardian this week and will be included in The Sunday Telegraph this weekend.
ELATT is dedicated to enhancing education and skills in the local community, to help tackle social and economic inequality by helping people to gain relevant skills for long-term employment. ELATT helps anyone who wants to get on in life and enables people to gain confidence, technical skills, qualifications, experience and work. Students include young people (16-25 years old) and adults looking for work, lone parents, migrants, refugees, ex-offenders and people recovering from addictions such as drug use, debt, gambling or alcohol.
In the 30 years since it was founded, ELATT has transformed hundreds of lives, helping local people into work. One example is single mother Ayse Salih from London Fields in Hackney, who was a stay at home mother for 15 years until she decided the time was right to consider getting a job. By attending ELATT, which is also a Cisco Networking Academy, she was able to start an IT course. This helped her to regain her confidence and develop her skills and re-join the nine-to-five world. Ayse now has a job in front-line technology support at a private equity firm in the City.
Chief Executive of ELATT, Anthony Harmer, said:
"I am thrilled that we have been recognised as being one of the best places to work in the UK.
"At ELATT, our priority is providing excellent teaching and support to students, and we realise that the key to this is making ELATT a great place not just to study, but to work.
"Actions speak louder than words. We hold and promote our values through the way we interact with each other."