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What is #Laptops4Learners?

Laptops4Learners is a campaign run by Capital City College Group to help disadvantaged students learn online during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the UK heading back into recession and unemployment rising because of the crisis it is vital that college students do not miss out on their education.

We are asking for your help us to provide 2,500 new laptops or tablets and raise £250,000 to buy more equipment so our students can study at home in lockdown, complete their course and progress in their education, including university, or their chosen career.

But the benefits to our students go beyond their time with us. The Government estimates that within the next 10 to 20 years, 90 per cent of jobs will need some sort of digital skills. So your generosity today will help us secure a young person’s future too.

Who we are

Capital City College Group is the largest college group in London with 29,000 students enrolled across three colleges – City and Islington College, Westminster Kingsway College and the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London – and an apprenticeships and training provider Capital City College Training.

What we’ve done

We’ve already provided more than £186,000 to help 577 of students purchase laptops and access to the internet.

“Having a laptop has made it easier for me to research and finish my coursework and assignments. Before I was having to go to the library and use my phone and type answers. It’s given me more freedom to work when I want. I even redid some of my assignments because I had enough time to improve them and make sure they were correct.”
Prevail Temile, 19, Applied Science Level 3 Extended Diploma

We’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far, but we know that there are many more students who need our help. With even more disadvantaged Londoners expected to enrol with us in September, we know we will need many more computers to support their education.

Why you should help

  • Two thirds (67 per cent) of our students are in the bottom three bands of social deprivation, with some living in the most deprived wards in the country
  • Around a third (32 per cent) have to share a computer, laptop or tablet with their family
  • More than quarter (28 per cent) are accessing online lessons on their mobile phones
  • Eight per cent have no technology to access online lessons

How you can help

You can help in two ways:

  1. By providing new laptops or tablets for us to give to our students. To help in this way, please complete the online form below
  2. By making a financial donation at our JustGiving page
    Every pound we can raise will help us to help more students – either by paying for more data, or for a new or reconditioned device to get them online, For example, £200 will help us to buy a device for one student, £1,000 will support five students and £2,000 will support 10 students.
  3. Whether you can do either of these two things or not, please spread the word – tell others about it on social media, using the hashtag #Laptops4Learners

Thank you for your support