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Work experience at its best!

Work experience at its best!

Four Hackney students worked as a professional-standard web development team to pitch for, code, build and launch a new website for a high profile partnership programme. The website launch was hosted by J.P. Morgan.

 Isaac Manzi, Masfik Hossain, Hardik Ramesh and Shayne Johnson, all students on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT programme at New City College Hackney, launched the new ELVET website.

 It's an example of valuable student work experience at its best, giving the young IT experts an opportunity to showcase their skills by working for high profile clients, using industry standard tools and a professional approach throughout.

ELVET, the East London Vocational Education and Training: Innovation through Partnership programme supports education, training, apprenticeship and employment opportunities for adults and young people in east London.

 The student-built site is designed for partners to upload and share resources, while giving clear information about the project to a wider audience. The young web team used a range of programming languages as well as a bespoke content management system to create the various elements of the site's functionality.

The students, who have all progressed to Computer Science or Forensic Computing degrees at university this term, found the project to be fun as well as valuable - particularly through building the technical back end of the site, and working with a business client.

New City College CEO Gerry McDonald congratulated the students at the launch and thanked the ELVET partnership for the opportunity.

Professor Ann Hodgson, ELVET Programme Director, UCL Institute of Education, said: "We were delighted with the website designed for us by the New City College Hackney students. They obviously have great talent that will set them up well for the future. Thanks too to their tutors for the encouragement and support."

The website project is one element of a wider programme of activity engaging students from New City College's Hackney and Tower Hamlets campuses, as well as Barking & Dagenham and Newham colleges.

The ELVET programme is supported by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and led by UCL Institute of Education (IOE) in partnership with the Association of Colleges.

The New City College Group was formed by the merger of Hackney Community College, Tower Hamlets College and Redbridge College.



Further information about the project:

The ELVET project has been launched at a time when the local economy in east London is seeing a huge change with the influx of new industries. At the same time, major national reforms within the further education and skills system are taking place in areas such as apprenticeships, qualifications for adults and young people and institutional organisation.

It is designed to contribute to the provision of a qualified workforce for the area's fast-growing digital, creative and social care sectors.

Led by UCL Institute of Education (IOE) in partnership with the Association of Colleges (AoC) London and funded through the JPMorgan Chase Foundation ELVET supports four Innovation Projects led by Barking and Dagenham College, New City College (Hackney), Newham College and New City College (Tower Hamlets) in partnership with a range of employers and other education and training providers.

The programme is underpinned by an approach to research and development based on the IOE's Centre for Post-14 Education and Work's work on social ecosystems and builds on its previously successful work with the (AoC) London region and on the Education and Training Foundation's Two-Way Street Leadership Exchange and Teach Too Programmes.

The ELVET Programme will produce a range of publications and resources designed to support practitioner, researcher and policy audiences. The Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance at Oxford University will provide an external evaluation of the outcomes and impact of the programme.


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