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ELATT Connected Learning

ELATT Connected Learning is a not-for-profit training provider for disadvantaged learners in East London. The judges said it had “pioneered a new approach to employer engagement” through its ground breaking partnership strategy.

Last year, as part of the UCL Institute of Education’s Teach Too initiative, ELATT piloted an innovative model of employer engagement to increase collaboration with industry. The model explored how long-term, sustainable links with employers, alongside training that mirrored employment environments, could enhance opportunities for learners to enter work. The success of the model speaks for itself: one third of learners progressed to paid work, while others who successfully completed the placement were put on a freelance register. The judging panel said that, through this strategy, ELATT had demonstrated a “fantastic commitment to supporting learners”.

The model is now being repeated in other curriculum areas, and the judges described it as an exemplar of how to work with industry for the benefit of learners and the local economy. Last year, ELATT was showcased in an Ofsted good practice report, and it was also featured as a case study in the inspectorate’s annual report for 2014-15.
ELATT also picked up the training provider of the year award sponsored by VTCT and the overall FE provider of the year award, at the glittering black-tie event, hosted by comedian Shappi Korsandi.

ELATT’s victory was witnessed by over 600 people who gathered to celebrate the sector’s achievements at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, on Friday 22 April 2016.