Hackney Charity Named in Best Places to Work in the UK

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.  

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.”


For more information, please contact Anokhi Madhavji on 07415 701567 or email anokhi.madhavji@plmr.co.uk.


Notes to Editors:

  • ELATT was positioned 19th in the Top 25 for workplaces employing between 20 and 49 staff members.

Great Workplaces Special Report:

  • The Great Workplaces Special Report 2014 can be viewed here – http://www.greatplacetowork.co.uk/storage/Publications/greatworkplacesukspecialreport2014.pdf
  • ELATT is a charity in East London that has been getting people back to work for 30 years. This charity raises the education and skills of its local communities to help tackle social and economic inequality by helping people gain relevant skills for long-­term employment. ELATT is dedicated to shaping aspirations and giving new opportunities to people living below the poverty line
  • The charity enables people to gain confidence, technical skills, qualifications, experience and work, and specialise in connecting people from all walks of life to technology, so they can gain relevant business skills and digital literacy.
  • The overall aim is to create a fairer society by promoting social inclusion, good citizenship and integration through Connected Learning.

ELATT believe in creating a positive learning environment through an integrated approach which is called ‘Connected Learning’, where students become:

  • Connected to integrated programmes that focus on personal development and work skills.
  • Connected to new opportunities through social and professional networks.
  • Connected to technology, which is essential for employment today.
  • Connected to their communities by adopting our values of good citizenship.