Connecting women to technology through free IT & Web training
Women in Tech ELATT is a charity 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.
Opening doors for women in tech
Ayse was a stay-at-home single mum living in an deprived area in East London with very few prospects and aspirations before she enrolled on ELATT’s IT Systems Academy.
After completing her course at ELATT, Ayse got a permanent full time job working for a City law firm as a computer engineer. Ayse says: “Life was tough, and as my son got older I wanted to be a better role model for him. I didn’t want to be unemployed anymore. Studying at ELATT improved my life greatly. Things have worked out better than I could have ever imagined. I have gone from zero to working in the City and being so very excited about my future.”
This is a good example of how ELATT encourages women who have been long-term unemployed to consider a new career in technology.
Young students like Ruta, who was 22 when she enrolled on an apprenticeship in web development, also benefited from ELATT’s programmes.
Ruta was a waitress in a cafe of a London university and uncertain of her future. Without the required industry standard qualifications and experience, Ruta’s opportunities to find work were limited, but she wanted to find a way of improving her life and fulfilling her aspiration of becoming a professional designer.
"I recommend this apprenticeship scheme to anyone I meet who is struggling to find work or direction in their lives. Learning on the job at Morgan Stanley has given me purpose, confidence, experience and new expertise and I am not scared of what the future brings anymore"
At ELATT, Ruta gained new technical skills. Her enthusiasm and achievements were recognised and tutors quickly saw that Ruta was an ideal candidate for ELATT’s apprenticeship programme with Morgan Stanley. Ruta says:
“ELATT accepted me and taught me valuable technical skills. This has led me to get an amazing job at Morgan Stanley. My life has been transformed. I didn’t know what I was going to do before this apprenticeship, now I have a much brighter future ahead where I can fulfil my ambitions.
"I recommend this apprenticeship scheme to anyone I meet who is struggling to find work or direction in their lives. Learning on the job at Morgan Stanley has given me purpose, confidence, experience and new expertise and I am not scared of what the future brings anymore. Now I have this opportunity, I just want to learn more and more to keep improving my skills and knowledge. I love my job and my Mum is so proud of me!”
ELATT’s courses are designed to connect women to the skills and development that they need to regain independence, rebuild their lives and succeed in life and work.
For more information: www.elatt.org.uk