ELATT welcomes MarketAxess as latest corporate funder

ELATT welcomes MarketAxess as latest corporate funder

Since its founding in Tower Hamlets in 1984, ELATT has supported thousands of Londoners into employment through our integrated programme of digital skills training, personal development and mentoring, working with the long-term unemployed, refugees and young people with special educational needs to help them succeed in life and work. ELATT’s fundraising and management teams work tirelessly to raise funds to ensure our courses are free for students and that our students have the help and support they need. We are well known for our whole-person approach to education, including debt and welfare support, financial advice, specialised support for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and complex circumstances.  

We are delighted to announce that our latest industry partner, MarketAxess, has provided funding to cover six-months' salary of a new Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who will ensure that all of our students with additional needs and education, health and care plans (ECHPs) receive the support they need. MarketAxess is an international financial technology company that operates an electronic trading platform for the institutional credit markets, and also provides market data and post-trade services. MarketAxess is headquartered in New York with offices in London, Amsterdam, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, São Paulo, Hong Kong and Singapore. 

Over the coming months we have a number of exciting plans to expand our programme together, and students can look forward to working with MarketAxess volunteers in workshops, work shadowing, work experience mentoring and more. 

David Wright, Head of Client and Dealer Sales, EMEA at MarketAxess commented, ‘We are delighted to announce a new partnership with ELATT through the MarketAxess Charitable Foundation.  Our mission is to work with organizations that support underserved communities, with an emphasis on youth education, diversity, equity and inclusion. ELATT’s outstanding track record of fostering learning and community integration is in absolute alignment with our values.  We are looking forward to working with ELATT over coming years and being a part of the important work they do for Londoners.’  

Anthony Harmer, ELATT Chief Executive said, ‘It is an honour for ELATT to become one of the first beneficiaries of MarketAxess’ new charitable foundation. We are incredibly grateful to receive this funding to ensure no-one is left behind and continue our mission of providing Londoners with the skills they need to flourish in life and work. We’re now looking forward to working alongside MarketAxess to ensure our curriculum suits market needs and collaborating to provide more work experience opportunities for ELATT students.’ 



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URBN & ELATT Industry Insight workshops


Volunteers from URBN, the group behind global consumer brands including Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People and more, kindly gave us their time to provide almost 50 students including those from Sixth Form and Adult Vocational classes with Industry Insight workshops.

The workshops included ‘A day in the life of a Buyers Admin Assistant’ and ‘Differences between print and digital graphic design trends’. The half hour long workshops offered students a unique insight into how to get into a career in the fashion and media world and the latest industry intel. The students particularly enjoyed seeing how their course work transfers into real life scenarios.

We’re looking forward to the next round of workshops with URBN volunteers, which include ‘An Intro to Digital Marketing’ and ‘Sustainability in Fashion’.

After participating in the workshops, 85% of students said they felt more confident, with excellent feedback and comments from students including, "this workshop really helped me feel more at ease and less daunting when I do decide to pursue a career in Business and Administration”

If you’re an employer who’d like to collaborate with ELATT, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you’re an individual who’d like to volunteer to support our students, click here

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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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Mimecast join ELATT as latest Industry Partner


For over 35 years, ELATT has supported thousands of Londoners into employment through our integrated programme of digital skills training, personal development and mentoring, working with the long-term unemployed, refugees and young people with special educational needs to help them succeed in life and work.  When it comes to learning, we’ve got it covered, but we can’t support our students through that vital next step of work-readiness without the support of London’s world-leading employment sector.

Today we are very excited to announce our latest partnership with industry as we welcome internationally renowned email security and cyber resilience company Mimecast into the ELATT community. A British tech success story, Mimecast has a customer base of over 39,000 organisations around the world and is an incredible addition towards our mission of building a London where anyone can succeed, no matter their background or circumstances.

Mimecast have already provided funding for additional teaching assistants to support ELATT students who have been affected by the pandemic, ensuring no-one is left behind. Over the coming months, students can look forward to working with Mimecast volunteers in workshops, work shadowing, work experience mentoring and more.

Anthony Harmer, ELATT Chief Executive said, ‘we are incredibly excited to be working with a tech company of the stature and values of Mimecast, and we can’t wait to watch the opportunities this brings for our students unfold. We are already putting their generous grant to good use in helping our most in-need students catch up with their studies following the pandemic.  We’re now looking forward to building their unique industry insight into our curriculum and together creating a learning experience which will ensure that ELATT students graduate with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.’

Reed Bundy, Senior Director of Global Social Impact & Employee Experience, commented, “We are thrilled to partner with ELATT as part of our global efforts to build community resilience, drive workforce development, and bridge the digital divide.  We look forward to connecting Mimecast employees with the ELATT community through a variety of engagement opportunities as we work together to ensure all Londoners – regardless of their circumstances - have the tools, training and resources to be successful.”


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CEO Anthony Harmer discusses the reskilling & retraining revolution with techUK


On Friday 31st July 2020, ELATT’s CEO Anthony Harmer participated in a techUK podcast focussed on reskilling & retraining, also featuring Jacqueline de Rojas, President of techUK, Gillian Keegan, the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, techUK's Associate Director of Policy Vinous Ali and Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer at FDM Group.

Gillian Keegan, Chichester MP and Minister for Apprenticeships & Skills at DfE discusses the DfE’s ‘Skills Toolkit’ initiative, created to share free courses where people can improve their digital skills and therefore employability, accelerating their digital journey. It provides ways to retrain and learn skills needed for the 21st century and the jobs of the future. The launch of the Skills Toolkit was accelerated by the Coronavirus lockdown to ensure people could use their time wisely during lockdown to learn new skills and improve their appeal to prospective employers.

“Businesses with low level of digital skills capabilities are going to be left behind in this highly competitive environment” shares Sheila Flavell, COO of FDM Group. “Now is the time for organisations like us to come to the forefront and signpost where individuals can go to improve their tech skills”.

Anthony Harmer, CEO of ELATT, shares ELATT’s mission statement, “to provide people with the digital and employability skills they need in life and work”. He also shared our strong focus on 1 to 1 pastoral, welfare and educational support, as well as the challenges of adapting to the sudden transformation caused by COVID-19; from only 10% blended courses to fully virtual and online.

Post pandemic, Anthony believes we will see a far greater focus and importance placed on digital in the business sector and in education, thanks to the greater certainty offered by the digital realm, given it is less affected by circumstances like local lockdowns. ELATT has seen an increased uptake in digital skills and office skills courses –  people understand that skills transformation is going to be very important in near future. Anthony also participated in the Government’s Digital Skills Qualifications steering group and believes now is a great time to implement the recommendations made.

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Incredible global line up of speakers join ELATT’s 2020 Student Celebration

Incredible global line up of speakers join ELATT’s 2020 Student Celebration

Over 200 attendees join charity event with world class speakers; Dr Thomas Mensah, Judge Chantel Fortuin and Marva Rollins to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day and reflect on Black Lives Matter movement

ELATT, an award-winning training provider and charity offering Digital Skills, ESOL and other courses across London, welcomed speakers from around the globe on Friday 17th July, to join their online student celebration. The event focused on the themes of Black Lives Matter, International Justice Day (17th July) and Nelson Mandela Day (18th July).

Dr Thomas Mensah, one of the key inventors of the fibre optic technology that allows us to use the internet, joined the event from Ghana, and had attendees chanting the title of his book and mantra, “The Right Stuff Comes in Black Too! I can do anything I put my mind to!”. His story of growing up in Kumasi, Ghana, studying with scholarships in France and the USA, and being inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in 2015 left the audience uplifted. Attendees left comments in the chat including “Thank you Dr Mensah - what an inspirational journey you've had in which we are all now benefiting” and “beautiful, what an amazing morning, from pain to purpose here I come”.

A focus on education was offered by Marva Rollins OBE, who shared her journey from being a single mother of three, to becoming the first black headteacher in the London Borough of Newham. Key messages from her talk included the importance of being kind, not only to others but to ourselves with our internal voice. She also gave practical tips to ELATT’s aspiring teaching assistants. Audience feedback included “It was very inspiring to hear Marva talk about the Windrush generation and how difficult it was” and “Yours is a wonderful and inspiring story, thank you Marva, for telling it with such warmth, honesty and clarity.”

Judge Chantel Fortuin, joining the event live from South Africa, offered some real gems of knowledge, highlighting that she didn’t realise justice could be used for means other than oppression for a long time. This realisation that she could make a difference and bring justice to the working class in her community gave her purpose to work hard in her studies, leading to her become an attorney whilst also working full time and raising a family. Comments from students included, “inspirational story and speech. Thank you Judge Fortuin” and “Thank you Chantel, for such a powerful, inspiring and massively positive speech.” Her story inspired us all.


An installation of student, staff and volunteer art and media work around the theme of equality and Black Lives Matter was also presented. ELATT are donating to Irie Minds in respect of this work. You can find the installation here www.elatt.org.uk/blacklivesmatter

ELATT are planning a series of events to celebrate black leaders and achievements – if you would like to attend or get involved, please click here or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are always happy to partner with employers to offer work placements, volunteering or mentoring – if you’d like to support our learners, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you’re interested in furthering your education and joining one of ELATT’s free training courses, check out ELATT.org.uk 

ABOUT ELATT - Over 30 years of bringing diversity into the workplace in London.

We’re an award-winning education charity, and since we started in 1984, we’ve supported hundreds of students to better their lives through employment.

Our vision is a London where everyone can flourish in their lives, no matter their age, background or circumstances. We welcome students who want to develop their skills, gain confidence and learn at any stage of their lives. Our courses include Web Design and Development, Computer Engineering, Digital Media Production, Business IT and English and maths.

Please also contact Catriona (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would like to cover the event and find out more information.

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Presentations on the day (Credit: Catriona Salisbury)


Inventor and scientist Dr Thomas Mensah (Credit: Dr Thomas Mensah)


Marva Rollins OBE (Credit: Marva Rollins OBE)


Judge Chantel Fortuin (Credit: Chantel Fortuin)


Councillor Anthony Okereke, the Labour & Co-op Councillor for Woolwich Common Cabinet Member for Housing (Credit: Royal Borough of Greenwich)


A young viewer joining with with Dr Thomas Mensah (Credit: Catriona Salisbury)

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Newsletter: January 2020


Introduction with Naima Elmansouri, Head of Vocational Training 

‘This year for Digital Media Production we have introduced 2 new elements to our courses and have added brand new areas of learning to our curriculum. We also introduced a new Software Development course. Learners are taught Block programming using Minecraft, Python, and SDLC as new topics. 
We are introducing Unity software game design and 3D design & modeling to our programme to develop  their entry point skills in these areas. 
We are also introducing Software development Level 2 intermediate Python, Modelling (agile), Java  programming and Presentation methods (app in a day).
Our Software/Web Design and Development courses are contemporary, up to date to current industry standards and requirements. As the demand for web design & development in the job sector continues to grow, hence we strongly believe more and more students will benefit from these courses.'   

Find out more from our latest newsletter!

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Sopra Steria Welcomes ELATT


On Monday 14 January Sopra Steria Graduates will take part in a Tech for Good hackathon for our London charity partner, ELATT. In a day-long hackathon event, our grads will work in teams with Sopra Steria coaches to create solutions to one of ELATT’s critical business challenges. At the end of the day, the best ideas will be selected by the senior team from ELATT, and the charity plans to implement the solution or solutions that best meet their needs.

This event is co-sponsored by the Early Careers, Community, and Digital Innovation teams, and is part of our Tech for Good Programme, which is focused on using our digital, technology and business expertise to create positive impacts in the world.  It is also an important part of our hands-on, impact-focused approach to learning and development in our Graduate Programme.

ELATT is an award-winning digital skills training college offering opportunities for learning and qualifications to under-served people, helping them get the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

Anthony Harmer, CEO of ELATT, said,
‘As an education charity with big ideas but limited resources, this Hackathon provides us with an invaluable opportunity to draw on the insight and expertise in the Sopra Steria team to help us improve our services for our students and turn our ambitions into reality.’

Kaila Yates, Sopra Steria Chief Marketing Officer and board sponsor of our Community Programme said,
‘We know that digital technologies are transforming organisations every day.  We believe that our charitable partners like ELATT will be able to do more with digital, and helping them make a difference for their students and the London communities they serve is an exciting opportunity for us and a great example of our Tech for Good programme.’

For more information, have a look at the original blog on Sopra Steria's website:

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How mentoring can support your learning at ELATT


“ELATT is a place that motivates you to achieve your goals. The staff are always happy to help you.” 

Sheldon’s experience of helpful tutors and mentoring during his studies shows our dedication to students getting first-rate support; that’s why our tutors are among the only 5% who received Grade 1 (outstanding) at our last Ofsted inspection and are here to support you through your studies. 

Martina also turned to her mentor when a challenge arose, and a solution could be found that allowed her to both work and make it through her course successfully. “I got a job and thought I would have to stop the course as my shift pattern fell on my study day. My advisor said I could continue with the course and arranged for me to have support on my days off to cover the course and class hours.” 

Starting a course or developing your skills is a process of discovery and is, often, a struggle. It may be that mentors lending you a hearing ear or advising you during your studies is just what you need to get support and complete your course successfully.

Meet Oran

“I believe it is important to understand what is going on for our learners, in all aspects of their life, to help them to achieve. This is why our provision is so successful”. Oran is here to mentor students or provide coaching when they need it, and has been doing so for 15 years, 5 of which have been at ELATT. He has qualifications in counselling for both young people and adults, has trained in coaching and mentoring, and is currently training as a SENCO.

Whether you need information on how to improve your practical life circumstances, coaching sessions or solutions for learning challenges, Oran is here for you. He offers one-to-one sessions to find the tailored support you will need to complete your course to the best of your ability.

Although it can be a challenge to find the time to study, if you want to get ahead in your career or change direction, we are here to help you find ways to balance your life commitments.

Ask Janet about your options

Martina’s advice as a student is to “talk to one of the advisors to get out of the negative place you may be in. The services can give you a wider knowledge of all the different resources, help and advice out there.”

Speak to Janet and she can advise on your choice of courses and the support you may need to take that next step. Feel free to set up a one-to-one meeting with her to discuss your options in more detail. 

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Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our graduates:

Fundamentally, our students graduate thinking differently about themselves and their future.

"Instead of saying I was too old, ELATT helped and encouraged me every step of the way..."
Mike, Marketing Strategist

"I don't think I would be where I am today if ELATT hadn't helped me take those first steps..."
Frankie, Game Designer

 "ELATT gave me the confidence and new technical skills that were so valuable to me for my studies and at work..."
Charles, IT Manager

ELATT is a community created by students who take the lead with their future. Let us help you develop your skills and potential that will get you where you want to be.

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Impact Report

Impact Report

Have you seen our latest Impact Report yet?

We are a constantly evolving organisation helping people of all ages improve their lives. We help individuals gain skills and improve existing ones through training, mentoring and employment support. Our latest Impact Report showcases our achievements from the past year and is a great round up of all the things we are most proud of from 2015/16.

Last year we worked with 574 individuals who received over 700 qualifications with 9 out of 10 students achieving a qualification in 2015/2016.

Highlights of the report include:

  • 83% of students progressed into further or higher education in 2015/2016
  • 88% of our students said they had improved their workplace skills upon course completion
  • 92% of our trainees aged 16-23 progressed into apprenticeships in 2015/2016

Here’s what our students said about us:

  • Frankie who has now started a career as a game developer said “I don’t think I would be where I am today if ELATT hadn’t helped me take those first steps.”
  • Zak who did an apprenticeship with ELATT said “My apprenticeship taught me more than I expected: I learned numerous skills that helped me both personally and professionally.”
  • Ayse who has built a career in network management said “After 15 years without work, I have gone from zero to working in the city.”

2015/16 was a huge year for ELATT and we want to say a huge thank you to all our staff, students and supporters. We can't thank the ELATT learning community enough. The future can only get better!

Intrigued? Find out more in our latest Impact Report.

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