What we do

“Our mission is to make further education accessible to all young people and adults in East London, no matter what their background or family circumstances”

The Learning Revolution Trust was established as a registered charity in December 2011 to attract sponsorship and donations to provide financial and other forms of support to enable young people and adults facing economic and social barriers to learning to enter and remain in further education and progress into further learning and employment.

Our aim is to create a culture of ambition, opportunity and learning and so far over 950 students have received support from the trust.

To be eligible for support, individuals must be living or studying in Newham or East London. Students of Newham College who wish to apply should contact the registry office at their campus of study. Our main programmes include:

The primary areas of support are:

  • FE Bursaries - Financial support and educational materials for FE students facing hardship and who are ineligible for government funded FE hardship support funds and / or are ineligible for a 24+Advanced Learning Loan.
  • Hardship grants - Provide an opportunity for learners who are experiencing extreme hardship and have explored all other sources of financial assistance.

  • Work Ready -   This innovative programme provides small grants to assist students to pay for essential clothing, transport, specialist equipment and other costs involved in making the transition from college to employment. The grants average £150 per person but despite the relatively small amounts of money involved the programme has already benefitted over 250 young people and has had a significant impact on their take up of apprenticeship and employment opportunities.

    We are currently expanding Work Ready by linking it to employability and vocational upskilling programmes which Newham College is targeting at young people who have been made redundant / or are experiencing increased difficulty in getting jobs due to the COVID pandemic. We are also working with the college’s exciting new Barts Health Hub which will provide opportunities for students to train for job opportunities in the Barts NHS Health Trust.

    Work Ready shows how a well targeted scheme with a limited budget can have a life changing impact on those it helps. If you wish to apply, please contact shamala.nair@newham.ac.uk.


    The Learning Revolution Trust processes your personal information to meet our legal, statutory and contractual obligations to provide you with our services. We will never collect any unnecessary personal data from you and do not process your information in any way, other than specified. We are committed to protecting your personal information and being transparent about what information we hold about you, how we use it and who we share it with. The LRT has a Privacy Notice which details exactly how your information is used.

Charity number 1149460