East London Vocational Education and Training (ELVET): Innovation through Partnership is a major programme aimed at supporting education, training, apprenticeship and employment opportunities for adults and young people in east London. It is designed to contribute to the provision of a qualified workforce for the area's fast-growing digital, creative and social care sectors.
Grant funded by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, ELVET 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.
Led by UCL Institute of Education (IOE) in partnership with the Association of Colleges (AoC) London, 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.
The programme aims to improve collaborative vocational, professional and technical education and training in East London and to develop clear progression routes into further study and employment, with a particular focus on underserved communities.
In doing this we anticipate that the programme will support: