All you need to know about ELATT's latest awards and accolades!

ELATT win the coveted Tes FE Award for Training Provider of the Year a second time!


ELATT have triumphed in the Tes FE Awards for the second time, adding Training Provider of the Year 2021 to our plethora of awards and nominations. We’ve been shortlisted and won several awards over the past 7 years. In 2016 we took home the employer engagement and training provider of the year awards, as well as the overall FE provider of the year title- the first time a training provider had won the title since the awards started. We also won the award for ‘Contribution to the local community’ award at the annual Tes FE Awards 2018.

Tes judges were particularly impressed with our pandemic response, including the ‘no learner left behind’ mentality, where students were supplied with internet access, devices including smartphones and laptops, and even printed learning packs where needed - 300 of these were delivered during the first few months of the lockdown.

Despite often having special educational needs (SEND) and/or challenging circumstances, ELATT students continued to achieve exceptional success rates above national averages, with a 93.7% pass rate and ELATT achieving 96.8 per cent student retention

Tes FE Awards 2021 lead judge Jane Hickie said: “ELATT has excelled during the pandemic by further extending its reach into communities in London with its mix of full- and part-time or evening classes, which are delivered online or in small classes. ELATT has an almost unrivalled reputation for an inclusive approach to learning and its focus on employment goals has never been more needed.”

ELATT CEO Anthony Harmer said: “We’re delighted to have won Training Provider of the Year, our response to the pandemic was rapid and focussed on our students and the training and support they need, and it’s brilliant to have that recognised by such a prestigious organisation as Tes. This award is dedicated to our hardworking staff, volunteers and students alike.”

Partner organisations said,
“ELATT’s commitment to improving the skills and lives of people living in our local community is a journey that we at UBS have been proud to be a part of. The confidence workshops and presentations skills sessions we run together have been hugely rewarding to UBS employee volunteers and valuable for our beneficiaries. ELATT plays a fundamental role in the positive impact we achieve through our Community Affairs programme.” - Sarah Payne, Executive Director, UBS

“We really do love partnering with ELATT to offer young people a platform through our creative programmes. ELATT’s learning environment is truly unique in the way it supports its learners’ mental health, social wellbeing and confidence in their own ability to progress in their studies and in their life. The learners themselves are keen on voicing their enthusiasm when talking about the positive difference the college has made to their life in a way we seldom heard from students in other educational institutions.” - Emilia Teglia, Artistic Director, Odd Eyes Theatre

“ELATT provides an incredibly important service to the local migrant community as they offer free ESOL classes to many residents who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access formal learning provision. Their inclusive ethos of welcoming learners of every background, regardless of immigration status, and of meeting the often-complex needs of our students has had a very positive impact on the most vulnerable residents in Waltham Forest.” - Michela Pomati, Senior Programme Manager, Community Participation ESOL, London Borough of Waltham Forest 

Students and volunteers said,
"ELATT really deserve this award. They helped me overcome my technophobia and learn to use a computer. I was really nervous about learning and joining online classes on Zoom, but my tutor was so welcoming, kind and helpful. ELATT is such a supportive environment, I am not afraid to ask questions or for additional help when I need it. I was so delighted when I passed my Level 1 Assessment. I have felt my confidence grow week by week, and I can’t believe I am now completing Level 2! - Inger, adult learner studying IT for the Office

“ELATT helped me a lot, I’m really thankful that I can speak English now a little bit and she give me equipment that I can use at home with my learning that can be easy for me. It was very helpful so I can study and see people in lockdown time” - Manjit – ESOL learner with ELATT’s Digital Communities project – March 2021

I have been studying at ELATT since September 2019 and I couldn't be happier! The teachers are friendly towards SEN students like me and are always a pleasure to have around! Thanks to the skills I’ve learned at ELATT, I’d like to become a computer technician and open my own shop one day. Recently, I've had the opportunity to take part in projects including Headliners #Unfiltered project where we get to go on trips and take photos, and Wild London's Keeping it Wild project. These projects get us out of the classroom and learn lots of different things with a new perspective. I am really proud of my stunning photos that have been included on websites like Headliners. - Alfie, Sixth form student

I’m so pleased ELATT have been celebrated by Tes FE awards again. I started volunteering with ELATT after I found myself jobless during the pandemic in 2020. The team are so flexible and accommodating, and the training is great. My time volunteering with ELATT opened so many doors and given me the confidence to pursue a new career in Speech and Language Therapy. It has been an absolute game changer for me! Robyn, volunteer ESOL TA in 2020

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ELATT shortlisted at the Tes FE Awards 2021  

ELATT shortlisted at the Tes FE Awards 2021  


ELATT have been recognized again in the shortlist for the coveted Tes FE awards, in the categories ‘Outstanding use of Technology in Delivering Online Teaching and Learning’ and ‘Training Provider of the Year’. ELATT has a long and successful history at the Tes Awards, having become the first independent training provider to win the top prize for ‘Training Provider of the Year’ in 2016, as well as the award for Contribution to the Local Community in 2018, and awards for Overall FE Provider and Employer Engagement.

ELATT CEO Anthony Harmer said, “We are extremely proud to be shortlisted for these awards, especially in such an unprecedented and unpredictable year. The new category recognising online delivery is of particular importance to us because we quickly adopted a 'new-normal' business as usual attitude and have ensured teaching and learning continued online, with live lessons delivered by our dedicated tutors. Being shortlisted for these awards is a very fitting testament to our hard-working staff and students alike.”

Tes head of FE Julia Belgutay said: “Further education providers have excelled in what has been a truly challenging year, and the amazing individuals, teams and institutions on our Tes FE Awards shortlist showcase that. Our judges were highly impressed with the calibre of entries and I want to congratulate everyone who has made the shortlist – it is a brilliant achievement"

Sixth form student Adnan said, "It's been a lifesaver learning online with ELATT during the lockdowns”. Former student Maryam said, "when I was lost and confused, ELATT guided me step by step in the right direction. They are a friendly team that will support you wholeheartedly to make your dreams come true"

Winners will be announced at the online awards ceremony on Friday 28th May, which promises to be the year’s biggest celebration of FE and skills, bringing together exceptional teachers, leaders, providers and behind-the-scenes teams.

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ELATT shortlisted at the TES FE Awards 2019


The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the FE sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2019 Tes FE Awards.

Elatt has been shortlisted for the Training Provider of the Year award. Elatt have been shortlisted for these awards every year for the last four years. Elatt is based in Haggerston and delivers English, IT and a range of programmes for young people and adults, including refugees and migrants across five London boroughs. Elatt previously won Training Provider of the Year in 2016 as well as awards for Overall FE Provider and Employer Engagement. Last year Elatt won the award for Contribution to the Local Community.

Tes FE editor Stephen Exley said:
“Excellent practice exists right across the further education sector, and those shortlisted for the Tes FE Awards are the cream of the crop. Our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of entries. We had more entries for this year’s categories than ever before, and the standard was higher than ever. To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement.”

Elatt Senior Life Skills Tutor and Project Lead Tammela Platt explains
“It is important to recognise that charities play an important part in further education, too; that's why the Tes Awards are important for us. At Elatt, our range of funding means that we can provide free courses for many learners who would not be eligible, or not have the finances, to study at a college. At Elatt, we offer many different points of entry for our adult learners, which makes us able to place learners in the most suitable setting. The Tes Awards help raise Elatt's profile and thus the profile of other charity training providers.”

Lola, a current ESOL student said
“I like ELATT because I feel confident here. There is more communication between the students in English because people are from many different countries”.

Georgia, a former 16-19 student said
“they support you and they actually want you to succeed. I’ve always been determined, but now, thanks to ELATT, I have a real pride in myself.”

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 22 March 2019

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ELATT wins Festival of Learning President's Award


ELATT staff and students were thrilled to see our Equal Voices  project win the President's Award at this year's Festival of Learning.

The project also won the Contribution to the Local Community Award at this year's TES FE Awards
You can read all about it here. Congratulations to all the other winners!

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ELATT recognised at the TES FE Awards 2018


London, 23 February 2018: Elatt has won the ‘Contribution to the local community’ award at the annual Tes FE Awards 2018.

The Equal Voices project at this East London training provider supports new migrant and refugee women living in social isolation or economic deprivation to become community leaders.
It was developed following a call from Hackney Citizens and TELCO (The East London Community Organisers) for more representation of people from migrant backgrounds in campaigning. The project involves a range of activities, from capability workshops celebrating women’s skills to community volunteering and wraparound English for speakers of other languages (Esol) training.

It has led to the creation of a wide variety of events and activities that have had a transformative impact on the participants. In 2016-17, the 104 women who took part ran seven listening campaigns; 58 community conversation sessions with over 40 regular attendees; five national campaigns; five local campaigns; seven capability workshops; and three charity fundraisers.

Through Equal Voices, 102 women (98 per cent) achieved qualifications at entry level 3, level 1 or level 2 in Esol or functional skills, while 13 per cent gained employment and 81 per cent moved on to further study.
Perhaps more impressive, 24 of the women who took part in the programme became community guides themselves, and continue to engage other disempowered or isolated local people.

The judges said: “This is about a project that is going above and beyond. What ELATT is doing here is really quite profound. The project really goes into the community in ways that challenge all sorts of racial and gender stereotypes. And it works.”

Winners attended a black-tie event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, hosted by the comic and actor Alan Davies, where more than 800 attendees celebrated and showcased the most exciting ideas, the best practice and the most inspiring teaching and leadership to be found in the further education sector.

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We’ve been shortlisted for more TES FE Awards in 2017

We’ve been shortlisted for more TES FE Awards in 2017

2016 has been an incredible year for ELATT. We won three TES FE awards, including Overall FE provider of the year. We were thrilled by these awards and we’re happy to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for two new TES FE awards for 2017!

We’re up for ‘Contribution to the local community’ and ‘Best Learning and teaching initiative’ for our fantastic efforts in the community and our continued high quality teaching. We’re so proud of everyone that has worked hard to achieve these nominations and we just can’t wait to find out if we’re successful!

The TES FE Awards recognise the most outstanding teams and individuals that the further education sector has to offer. We know we play a significant role in the further education sector, especially in the third sector and we want to make sure we’re continuing to pave the way for training providers that provide a unique and personable approach. Our community is at the heart of what we do and we know that our sector needs more limelight than it currently gets.

Anthony Harmer, our Chief Executive says: 'We’re very pleased to be shortlisted for more TES FE awards this year. We knew that last year was special and a significant year for ELATT, but 2017 is set to be just as good. I’m looking forward to seeing how we evolve as a charity and a training provider.’

To find out more about the other nominations, check out the:

TES website

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ELATT shortlisted in 5 categories in the 2018 TES Awards

Tes Awards 2018

Following our success at the TES 2016 Awards, where we won Training Provider of the Year, we are thrilled to announce that we have been shortlisted for 5 categories in this year's TES Awards. We are finalists in:

  • Support for learners
  • Contribution to the local community
  • FE leader of the year
  • Training provider of the year
  • Specialist provider of the year

We can't wait now for Awards night on February 23rd 2018. Good luck to all the finalists!

Read the shortlist reveal on's website

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ELATT shortlisted for the Lord Mayor's Dragon Award

ELATT shortlisted for the Lord Mayor's Dragon Award

ELATT was thrilled to be shortlisted for the Lord Mayor's Dragon Award Community Partnership Award for its partnership with leading tech firm Opus 2 International.

Following an introduction by volunteer brokerage, City Action, ELATT partnered with Opus 2 International to equip Londoners with the relevant digital skills to meet business demand and fill roles in the digital economy. As a specialist technology company, Opus 2 International, have worked with ELATT to update their curriculum, and provide industry briefings, employment seminars, mentoring and work placements. Over the past three years Opus 2 International staff have worked with 100 ELATT students.  26% of students from the Opus 2-led workshops, seminar and mentoring programme progressed into employment. 

From the work placement programme, 40% of students were offered full-time, paid employment with Opus 2. 

Opus 2 is now working with ELATT to provide apprenticeship opportunities for vulnerable young people, and have already taken on their first apprentice.

Congratulations to our long-term charitable partner the Bromley By Bow Centre for winning the award for their outstanding partnership with Investec.

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ELATT are proud to celebrate Living Wage Week 2016

ELATT are proud to celebrate Living Wage Week 2016

Having become a Living Wage employer in October 2013 and being one of a pioneering group of nearly 3000 employers paying the real Living Wage (and in the first 500 in the UK), we are pleased to announce that we will be increasing our hourly rate of pay in line with the Living Wage Foundation’s newly recommended rate as of the 1st May 2017. The real Living Wage is independently calculated based on what employees and their families need to get by. The new rates as announced by the Living Wage Foundation on Monday 31st October will apply to all our staff over 18 and for all staff in London the rate will be £9.75.

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Anthony Harmer, our Chief Executive joins techUK

Anthony Harmer, our Chief Executive joins techUK

In July Anthony our Chief Executive was elected as a Director of techUK.

techUK is the voice of the UK tech industry, representing the companies and technologies that are defining today and the world that we will live in tomorrow. techUK is committed to helping its members grow by developing markets, building relationships and networks and reducing business costs and risks.

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