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"40 Hires for 40 Years" – Celebrating Four Decades of Impactful Learning and Employment

To celebrate 40 years of ELATT, help us bring 40 new tech talents into the digital workforce.

As ELATT celebrates its 40th anniversary, we look back not only on our long history of supporting Londoners into the workplace, but also want to pave a way forward. Our mission has always been to empower hidden talent – neurodiverse individuals, refugees, migrants, socio-economically disadvantaged Londoners. These groups face barriers such as limited access to quality education, difficulties in finding a job, social isolation, and a lack of supportive networks. So this year, we are proud to launch the “40 Hires for 40 Years” initiative; we ask for 40 companies to pledge to hire an ELATT student as an apprentice, intern or in a junior role to ensure that 40 new ELATT students can enter the tech/digital sector by December 2024.

This is a testament to our commitment to bridging the gap between talented individuals and the tech industry.

Employment Opportunities and Overcoming Barriers to Thrive

Employment is not just about earning a living; it’s about realising potential, fostering self-development, and contributing to the economy and society. For those from under-served backgrounds, the journey to employment is often fraught with barriers. At ELATT, we believe in breaking down these barriers, one hire at a time.

For many of our students, the journey to a fulfilling career is obstructed by more than just a lack of opportunity. Misconceptions about neurodiversity, language barriers or visa status for migrants create an uneven playing field. However, once given the chance, our students excel, overcoming these challenges to not only improve their personal and professional lives but also to bring new perspectives to the businesses that employ them. This is the ELATT difference – transforming lives through opportunity and support.

The success stories from our 2023 achievements blog resonate with the transformative power of opportunity, showcasing how our students have thrived in their lives.

Engaging Businesses in Social Change

In the spirit of fostering a more inclusive and diverse workforce, we invite businesses to consider the multitude of benefits that come with employing our students. An inclusive workplace is not just a moral imperative; it’s a strategic advantage. ELATT serves as a bridge, connecting untapped talent to industries ripe for innovation. Here’s what Gurdeep Bhabra, Technical Project Manager – Training & Software at Opus 2, has to say:

“Working with the students from ELATT is an absolute pleasure. The dedication they show towards their studies and work placement course is commendable. Their ability to perform at a high level whilst balancing their studies highlights the hard work & commitment they have put into their course.”

Our aim as a charity is to usher this new talent into the tech sector, creating a symbiotic relationship where forward-thinking companies not only diversify their workforce but also foster social change. By offering an opportunity to an ELATT student, you are poised to change a life – and the face of your workforce – for generations to come.

Join Us in Shaping the Future

The “40 Hires for 40 Years” initiative is more than a milestone celebration; it’s a call to action for businesses across London and beyond. By engaging with this programme, you’re not just filling a vacancy; you’re changing a life and, potentially, the face of the tech industry. Your support can help us achieve our goal of integrating 40 ELATT students into the tech and digital sectors by December 2024.

Stay tuned for our upcoming blog post on the “40 Hours for 40 Years” initiative, where we delve into the power of mentorship and professional development in shaping the careers of our students.

Together, we can celebrate ELATT’s 40 years of social impact by paving the way for the next generation of tech talent.

Interested in joining us towards a brighter, more inclusive future?

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